Places of interest in Tavistock and Dartmoor

Leisurely plan your day in our lovely seating area on the first floor where you will find many tourist leaflets, books for family walks, local trails, cycle routes, letterboxing on Dartmoor and Ordnance Survey maps all for your use.

Noted to be one of the top five in England. A medieval house with no electricity and adorned with oak furniture and tapestries. Medieval pond and dovecote. Beautiful gardens, Quay and Mill.

Home of Sir Frances Drake. Medieval monastery hosts a collection from his life, the story of the Armada and the famous Drake’s Drum. Visit the Great Hall, newly created Elizabethan garden and lovely walks.

Near Buckland Abbey. Featured on the Glorious Gardens programme. Unusual plants offering colour from Spring to Autumn. 6000 varieties. Cream teas available.

Beautiful Woodland Walk 1.5 miles long (shorter routes for the less enthusiastic). Visit the famous White Lady Waterfall – 90ft high. Numerous whirlpools and the famous Devils Cauldron where the sound of cascading water is unbelievable. Visit the remains of Lydford Castle or the smallest church on the hill at nearby Brentor and admire magnificent views over Dartmoor’s spectacular tors.

Drewsteignton. An early 20th Century granite castle built 900ft high above the Teign Valley. Spectacular views and lovely walks.

Near Plymouth. Grand Georgian house, the result of centuries of sophistication and extravagance, with opulent Robert Adam interiors.

Torpoint, Cornwall. Famous for its woodland walks in spring and wealth of paintings, tapestries and furniture

One of Cornwall’s grandest houses originally built in 1651, set in a glorious landscape of gardens, parkland and woods overlooking the valley of the Fowey River. Largely rebuilt after a fire in 1881 this Victorian house has 49 rooms open including kitchens, a nursery wing and an original long gallery.

Nr Okehampton. 19th Century forge powered by 3 waterwheels. A fascinating reminder of Dartmoor’s industrial past.

Historic Port and Copper Mine 2 miles away. Ideal for families.



  • Fly Fishing and Trout Fishing
  • Tavistock – arranged on request.

Visit Cornwall

Travel only 2 miles west and you cross into Cornwall, famous for its legends and beaches. The south coast sandy beaches are only 45 minutes away and the rugged North Cornwall coast offers magnificent scenery.

But there are also lots of things about Cornwall that may surprise you. For instance, the wilderness of captivating Bodmin Moor with its panorama of big skies, fascinating prehistoric remains, great walking trails and more than its fair share of local legends.

There’s so much to do, see and explore in Cornwall. With the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain, you’ll discover tiny Cornish fishing villages, secret coves, spectacular beaches, sweeping bays and dramatic cliffs, plus beautiful moorland and stunning countryside.

Visit Tintagel the home of King Arthur. Looe with famous gift shops and quaint streets. Polperro with its fishing harbour and just a little further Fowey, the home of Daphne du Maurier. Visit her museum at The Jamaica Inn at Bolventor on Bodmin Moor.

The Eden Project, a global garden situated at St Austell only 45 minutes away is said to be the 8th wonder of the world. It offers space-age technology with plants from all over the world housed in giant tropical biodomes.

All in a days journey you can visit St Michael’s Mount at Marazion, a mediaeval castle on an island. Walk across the causeway when the tide is out or catch the ferry boat from Marazion. Visit the legendary Lands End, The Tate gallery at St Ives and Lizard Point.

For Rosamunde Pilcher fans, visit the numerous places she mentions in her books. What could be more romantic than a stroll through Cornwall’s beautiful literary landscapes on the South West Coast Path.

Visit the Rest of Devon

Step into the heart of North Devon where you’ll find Tarka Country little changed since Henry Williamson wrote his famous novel. Tarka the Otter. Barnstaple, North Devon’s oldest and largest town sits at the centre of the Tarka Trail, a 180 mile path with 32 miles of off road cycleway.

Heading south the market town of Great Torrington has a huge amount of history, having played an important role in the Civil War.

Holsworthy in the heart of Ruby Country boasts one of the busiest and largest livestock and pannier markets in the Country. The pretty town square comes alive every Wednesday as visitors enjoy mingling with local people and farmers. Hatherleigh is a historic market town of thatch and cob cottages dating back to the 16th century, the perfect place to experience rural Devon life. Visit on market day on a Tuesday and you’ll feel you’ve arrived in the real Devon. The bustling town of Okehampton, the gateway to Dartmoor, is nearby and nestles against the lower slopes of the moor.

With its rich maritime heritage and its status as the regional capital for culture, Plymouth is one of the most dynamic and fascinating places to visit in Devon. If you’re a fan of all things nautical, then be sure to make a trip to Plymouth Hoe. Not only is it the backdrop for Sir Francis Drake’s legendary game of bowls, but it’s also one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world.

South Devon is the ideal place to escape the stresses and strains of daily life. Offering the best of both coastline and countryside, whether you’re after unspoilt countryside, beautiful beaches or a chance to discover hidden villages and some of the most secluded places to stay in Devon.

Further to the East is the City of Exeter with its Cathedral and Quay and abundance of shops. Surrounded by its Roman City wall it is full of historical sites of interest. Visit Exeter’s newly refurbished Museum to find out about the city’s long and fascinating history.

Visit Dartmoor and Tavistock


One of the most outstanding areas of England with 365 miles of wild rugged open moorland enjoyed by either car, walking or cycling.

Enjoy magnificent granite tors and visit prehistoric settlements, hidden valleys and streams and the large lakes such as Burrator and Fernworthy. Up on the moor all the traces of modern civilisation are left behind and ponies, sheep and cattle roam freely.

Visit the free entry High Moorland Visitor Centre at Princetown, the Dartmoor Prison and its museum or just drive and enjoy quaint towns and villages such as Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Bovey Tracey, Ashburton and Moretonhampstead.

West of Dartmoor lies the Tamar Valley, a UNESCO Mining Heritage Site and designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. With rolling hills, rich wildlife, the winding River Tamar provides a natural border between Devon and Cornwall. With a mix of local produce, welcoming pubs and places to stay to suit all tastes and purses, the Tamar Valley is not to be missed.


The largest stannary Market town in West Devon, steeped in history with the remains of the Benedictine Abbey still visible. It was also the home of Sir Frances Drake.

The town now contains many specialists shops such as Crebers, a 100 year old delicatessen, Westcountry Cheeses, a fishmonger, antique shops, tea shops, cafes and restaurants, many independent shops and the famous Tavistock Pannier Market open from Tuesday till Saturday every week for produce, crafts and gifts.

There is also the Wharf Cinema, Meadowlands Swimming Pool and picturesque walks along the Canal and River Tavy. Numerous pubs and eating houses cater for all tastes ranging from fish & chips to Indian, Italian and Chinese to bistro wine bars and the famous Horn of Plenty just up the road.

Not sure what to do while you’re here? Just ask us!

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