Tavistock Holiday Cottages
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 those on Tavistock holidays. A holiday in a self-catering Tavistock holiday cottage is the perfect base to enjoy the views, spirit and past of the West Country at their very best! Perched on the edge of rugged Dartmoor, Tavistock benefits from views of the nearby National Park.
- Tavistock hosts the annual Tavistock Goose Fair every October
- Tavistock was voted ‘Best Market Town’ in 2005
- The ruins of Tavistock Abbey, founded AD 961, can still be seen
Tavistock Tourist Information
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 opt for self-catering cottages in Tavistock will have the opportunity to stock up on some treats and essentials for their Devon break. 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.
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Tavistock Family Attractions
Due to its infectious community spirit and traditional sense of fun, many of Tavistock’s family-friendly attractions take the form of unique, annual events. Top of the list has to be Tavistock Goose Fair - which is held on the second Wednesday of every October – and sees the town come to life with rides and entertainment. The fair has been a tradition since 1116, and was originally meant for residents to buy their Christmas goose.
Tavistock also enjoys a two-day Food Festival during September, and the August bank holiday is marked with the annual carnival and unmissable Balloon Fiesta. Carefully timed Tavistock holidays can include the chance to join in one of these unforgettable events.
Eating Out in Tavistock
Self-catering holidays in Tavistock are the perfect excuse to visit some of the area’s impressive restaurants and inns. Tavistock is scattered with traditional choices, many of which offer a warm welcome and a unique experience amongst dazzling moorland views, log fires and historic buildings. The Market Inn is renowned for its traditional Sunday roasts and has a homely feel with its original stone work and warm dining area. During the winter, the open fire is a welcome sight.
Donella’s Mediterranean-style bistro supplies the town with its popular fresh coffee and friendly service, and serves homemade dishes from local produce. Why not eat al fresco and enjoy the garden’s Mimosa tree? The Mary Tavy Inn is a true taste of West Country dining, where diners can unwind beside open fires and admire the rolling views across the moor. This charming coaching inn is family-friendly and prides itself on its traditional English meals. Additional choices for eating out in Tavistock include the elegant Browns Hotel brasserie, the award-winning Harris Arms and the Arundell Arms. All of the restaurants mentioned welcome children.
Click here for more information on Tavistock heritage.