• Gateway to Cornwall and West Devon mining World Heritage sites
  • Tavistock stands in the heart of an area of tremendous natural beauty
  • A Classic West Country Market Town

Tavistock“s most famous son...Sir Francis Drake was born at Crowndale Farm, just south of Tavistock, in 1542. A fine statue of him can be seen not far from the town centre, on the road to Plymouth; the port from which he set sail to confront and beat the Spanish Armada!

A Blue Plaque marks the house in which he is believed to have been born. He became a prominent figure of his age, a champion of Queen Elizabeth, was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world and one of the English commanders in the famously decisive victory against the Spanish Armada in 1588. Drake, in practical terms, is perhaps as important to Plymothians for his part in constructing “Drake“s Leat“ a long open granite watercourse bringing clean fresh water from the high moor into the town of Plymouth.

Tavistock is a fine and flourishing town, the largest in West Devon (population approximately 11,000), with its architecture of local stone, wide range of interesting shops, market, riverside park, leisure centre and theatre. It is an excellent stop for visitors, both to see the town itself and as a base for exploring the surrounding beautiful countryside, the wild Dartmoor scenery and the many nearby pretty villages of Devon and East Cornwall, not to mention a wide variety of National Trust properties.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Tavistock 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

The town is centred on the paved amenity of Bedford Square, around which are found St. Eustachius“ Church and the Abbey ruins, to the west, the Grade 2-listed Town Hall, the disused former Guildhall/magistrates“ court buildings, and the Pannier Market buildings behind the Town Hall. Abbey Bridge crosses the River Tavy to the south, while West Street and Duke Street, on either side of the north end of the square, form the main shopping areas, with the indoor [Pannier] market running behind Duke Street.

The Market continues to operate from the large covered building, the Pannier Market; the main Tavistock town market is on Fridays, with other days playing host to various more specialised events, such as craft fairs and antiques fairs.

A Farmers“ Market takes place on the Square fortnightly and has previously been voted Best Farmer“s Market in the South West

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