• Ancient small town
  • Beautiful houses
  • UK“s first plastic bag free town

Modbury is a small town dating from the 8th century lying in a hollow, surrounded by rolling hills, woodland and winding country lanes.

Modbury is 5 miles from the edge of Dartmoor and 3 miles from the sandy beaches at Bigbury on Sea.

Overlooked by the 13th century St George“s Church, the many Georgian buildings which comprise much of this old market town lend Modbury an air of quiet elegance. Take time to explore the numerous interesting craft and small friendly shops clustered around the Exeter Inn, formerly a coaching house in use since Elizabethan times.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Modbury and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

Dating back to the 8th Century, Modbury boasts a rich and colourful history, whose traces can be detected in and around the town. The eight day long fair, held each May, dates back to 1329. It was also the sight of two battles in the English Civil War

In 2007 it became famous for becoming the first plastic bag free town in the UK. Every trader and shopkeeper joined together to stop issuing plastic bags with purchases and it was a huge success, encouraging other villages and towns to do the same. The streets are lined with many old fashioned, teashops, art galleries and antique shops, many with period frontages. Modbury also has a fine collection of houses dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries.

The 16th century Modbury Inn provides Bed & Breakfast accommodation and has real ales, uses local produce and has a lovely terraced garden.

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