Tavistock
 
Tavistock a town with a charming country atmosphere, with its large livestock, farmers pannier market, many traditional and specialist shops as well as a wide range high street names such as Boots . Beside the River Tavy, a stroll from the town can be found The Wharfs Art Centre and Theatre a well as the Meadowlands Swimming Pool.
 
One of Englandís greatest heroes, Sir Francis Drake, was born on the borders of Tavistock in 1542 and baptised in the parish church. His birthplace, Crowndale Farm, is 1 mile south-west of the town. A statue to him stands outside the school in Plymouth Road, Tavistock. 
The town, the largest in West Devon, grew up around a great Benedictine abbey founded in 974. Tavistock became a stannary town ó the administrative centre for the tin-mining industry based on Dartmoor. It also developed Into a prosperous woollen centre. 
The abbey was devastated in the 16th century during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and all that remains are three gates, part of the church cloister, a dining hall and a tower.
Some of the biggest copper mines in the world were worked just outside the town. 

Today Tavistock is an agricultural market town, shopping centre and tourist centre for Dartmoor. The River Tavy, one of the fastest flowing rivers in England, runs through the town. Tavistock is famous in the area for it's annual Goose Fair, held on the second Wednesday in October. On this day the ancient, stannary town is taken up with goose and cattle sales, busy market stalls and a funfair, which provides great fun for family.
 
The pannier market is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday holding various markets, from craft, to Antiques.

TAVISTOCK & TAMAR VALLEY

Morwellham Quay is an AA award winning visitor centre set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Step into the Victorian world, meet our costumed staff, learn how things used to be done, dress yourself from our Victorian wardrobe. Morwellham Quay - Restored 1,000 year old riverside village, port & mine set in 200 acres. Full day of activities: displays, sailing ship, mine, playgrounds & nature reserve. Three shops & restaurant. 01822 832766

Tamar Valley Donkey Park - Free Donkey ride for every child, adventure and toddlers' playgrounds, nature trail, feed the rabbits, goats, ducks, pigs, lambs and calves. Disabled facilities. 01822 834072

Tamar Canoe Expedition - Paddle a canoe along the Tamar with family and friends. No experience necessary: first timers and non swimmers encouraged. 01579 351113.
 
Dartmoor  towns and villages to visit
About Dartmoor
Bovey Tracey
Buckfastliegh
Christow
Clapperbridge
Buckland in the Moor
Dartmeet
Lydford
Mary Tavy
Okehampton
Princeton
Widecoombe
Attractions
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Property For Sale in Tavistock

 

 
 

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WEST COUNTRY ENTERTAINMENT
EVENTS, FETES, FESTIVALS, GARDENS OPEN ATTRACTIONS , DAYS OUT, GARDENS, FETES E.T.C
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SCUBA DIVING, SURFING GOLF COURSES
BOAT TOURS AND CRUISES AVAILABLE
THEATRES AND WHAT'S ON
MAPS FOR THE WEST COUNTRY
 
WEST COUNTRY ACCOMMODATION
COTTAGE HOLIDAYS Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall
 
WEST COUNTRY CAMPING AND TOURING SITES
 
West Country Businesses add your link
 
WEST COUNTRY PUBLIC HOUSES AND RESTAURANTS
RESTAURANTS AND EATING PLACES
PUBS AND CLUBS IN THE WEST COUNTRY
 
 
 
ART & CRAFTS
Slate paintings