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Tavistock

Tavistock

This old stannary town was once the world's major copper producing area.

Tavistock

This old stannary town was once the world's major copper producing area. There is a charming country atmosphere in the town centre with it's famous pannier market and many chic specialist shops.

Tavistock can be best described as a charming market town, which developed as a result of the abbey founded by Benedictine Monks in the late 10th Century.

The historic Pannier market which is held every Friday since 1105 offers a wide selection of arts, crafts and antiques for sale and you can be guaranteed a bargain or two!

On the second Wednesday of October annually, Tavistock hosts it's own Goose Fair which again has a long history as a livestock market, but today is more a selection of stalls, fairground rides and local pubs and inns serving up goose if that takes your fancy!

Some attractive walking is to be had along the Tavistock Canal which was built in the early 18th century to transport copper ore (mined in the area) to Morwellham Quay.

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  1. Rowden Gardens

    Rowden Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Tavistock

    Set 800ft up on the western edge of Dartmoor, Rowden Gardens is world famous for it's wonderful range of rare unusual aquatic and associated plants. The tranquil and intimate gardens are arranged in a level acre, giving easy access to everyone. The many ponds are framed with narrow borders where...

  2. River Tavy - tavistock

    Add Tavistock Railway Cutting to your Itinerary

    Tavistock Railway Cutting

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    Nature Trail

    Location

    Tavistock

    This local nature reserve is situated in a disused railway cutting in the town of Tavistock. The cutting is a superb walkway or cycleway with beautiful scenary and abundant in wildlife.

  3. The Castle Inn

    The Castle Inn

    Location

    Tavistock

    Accolades: AA Rosette.
    16thC inn, with very good food, both in the bar and in the old beamed, candle-lit dining room, prepared with fresh local produce. Good wine list. Excellent carvery for Sunday lunch. Roaring log fires. Garden next to the remains of Lydford Castle (NT). Good Pub Guide. Hidden...

  4. Tree Surfers, Dartmoor

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    Tree Surfers

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    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    Location

    Gulworthy, Tavistock

    Tree surfing is an adrenaline-pumping, heart-thumping bird's eye experience. Test your limits, on rope bridges, zip wires and tree jumps. Don't just get close to nature, be part of it.

  5. West Devon Cycle Routes

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    West Devon Cycle Routes

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Location

    Bedford Square, Tavistock

    These four circular and one linear routes take you on a tour of some of the unspoilt areas of West Devon, including many points of interest along the way.

  6. Tavistock, Dartmoor

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    Tavistock Music & Arts Festival

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    Event Venue

    Location

    Tavistock

    6 weeks of music, art, dance and literary events in Devon's top award-winning market town.
    Tavistock Music & Arts Festival has established itself as the crowning event in the town's busy artistic and creative diary.

  7. Tavistock Abbey ruins

    Add The Eastgate Cafe and Brasserie to your Itinerary

    The Eastgate Cafe and Brasserie

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    Tavistock

    Freshly prepared food with an attractive riverside location. Cream teas. Specials changed daily.

  8. Countryman Ciders

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    Countryman Ciders

    Location

    Tavistock

    Traditional farmhouse cider makers. Taste from various barrels in the off licence shop in 15th Century stables. Visitors welcome all year to see how cider is made. Cider apple orchard, apple mill & cider press, recipes.

  9. Hurdwick Golf Course & Club

    Hurdwick Golf Course & Club

    Type

    Golf Course

    Location

    Tavistock

    18 hole parkland course, situated in beautiful countryside 2 miles north of Tavistock on the Brentor road.

  10. Elford Fine Art

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    Elford Fine Art

    Type

    Gallery

    Location

    Tavistock

    Beautifully appointed art gallery.

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