Did you know...Sir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock?

Tavistock is an unassuming market town on the River Tavy and sits at the hub of West Devon’s tourism trade. A pretty market town, Tavistock’s rural charm and character continue to fascinate visitors. Perched on the edge of rugged Dartmoor, Tavistock benefits from views of the nearby National Park.

For those whose idea of the perfect getaway includes picturesque scenery, West Country traditions and nostalgic sights – the small market town of Tavistock is the perfect destination! Market day is still a key part of Tavistock life, and the town still holds a market every Friday – so those who visit Tavistock will have the opportunity to stock up on some treats and essentials for their holiday. Bedford Square also houses a Farmer’s Market once a fortnight, once voted the Best Farmer’s Market in the South West.

Tavistock can be dated back to the founding of Tavistock Abbey in AD 961. Amazingly, the ruins of the abbey can still be seen in the town’s centre. Tavistock is famed as the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, and Drake’s Trail is a great way to explore the town with an emphasis on this claim to fame.

Tamar Valley Discovery Trail

The Tamar Valley Discovery Trail winds through the beautiful Tamar Valley for 30 miles, but if you don’t want to tackle the entire walk during your Tavistock holiday you can choose the section for you. Follow the Tamar Valley railway line from the Southern end of the trail, or catch a bus to the northern end or a boat (in...

Tavistock History

Tavistock’s history has seen the bustling town of today transform from an ancient abbey to an official market town, giving Devon industry from its canal and railway, as well as its famous seafaring son – Sir Francis Drake himself. For a town tucked in rural West Devon just miles from Dartmoor, Tavistock has seen it all. Tavistock holiday cottages are...
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