Our Guide to holiday cottages 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.

Things to do in Tavistock

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.

Who doesn’t love a brisk walk in the country air? We’re pretty fond of exploring scenic views and what better way than the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail. Winding through the glorious Tamar Valley for 30 miles, take an adventure by the railway or river. After a walk through the sights of Tavistock, you’ll be itching to see what else is on offer.

Tavistock Attractions

From historic sights to carnivals, Tavistock has it all. One of the first things on your list should be Roadford Lake. Home of one of the area’s largest activity centres, this 730 acre lake is a treasure trove for adventure seekers. Have a go at windsurfing, kayaking, sailing or even fishing. If you don’t fancy giving a water activity a whirl, take a relaxing stroll or bike ride around the many trails or sit and watch the world go by as you take time out of your busy schedule.

If local history is more your scene, then a visit to Okehampton Castle may be more your thing. Once the largest castle in Devon, these ruins are owned by the English Heritage and are a favourite with local painters and those who like to share ghostly tales of the some of the spooky inhabitants. Alternatively, you might like a visit a trip to Morwellham Quay. This river port is now a museum and major attraction in Tavistock. Here, you can experience the old Victorian street and shops, as well as taking a train ride to the copper mine. See a blacksmith at work, give rope making a go, or have a refreshing drink at The Ship Inn – as you can tell, there is plenty to see and do at Morwellham Quay.

If you’re visiting Tavistock in August, head to the annual Tavistock Carnival. Taking place on the bank holiday in the month, this attraction is bound to make you smile. Colourful floats travel through the streets to raise money for charity while bands and clubs also join the parade.

Roadford Lake

You’ll find Roadford Lake right on the border between Devon and Cornwall, and this 730 acre lake is one of the region’s largest activity centres. Perfect for the outdoorsy and the active (or even just those of you who fancy trying something daring while you’re on holiday), the activity centre offers the chance to kayak, windsurf, sail or have a...

Tavistock Goosey Fair

The longest running Tavistock event is its annual Goosey Fair, which has taken place on the Second Wednesday of October since the year 1823! The fair probably got its name from the days when residents would attend to buy geese ready to fatten up before Christmas, although these days it has more a family atmosphere to brighten the start of...
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