The charming market town of Tavistock nestles to the west of Dartmoor National Park. Straddling the River Tavy midway between Plymouth and Okehampton it is the perfect base for exploring the South West.
With its rich history and architecture, buildings constructed of local green Hurdwick stone, contrasting with the grey granite pavements, there is plenty to see. The Pannier Market is still a great attraction for visitors offering a range of shops and stalls. The surrounding countryside is perfect for those with a love of outdoor pursuits.
Dartmoor National Park offers 368 square miles for walking, cycling and even horse riding.
From its striking granite tors and steep wooded river valleys, to swathes of heather-covered moorland and hidden villages, Dartmoor is a land of contrasts.
The main Visitors Centre in Princetown provides all the information of the history and details for exploring.
Morwellham is an award-winning attraction which forms part of a World Heritage site, featuring historic port, village, copper mine and railway just four miles west of Tavistock and bordering the beautiful River Tamar.
Discover this lost world with the help of the interactive living history team.
When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures. With meadows, orchards and woodlands where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley.
Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. Outside, explore the formally planted terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote and leads down to the river. Seek tranquillity in the Upper Garden or visit the two orchards planted with local apples and cherries.
The Tamar Trails Centre is in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty, providing 25km of trails for walkers, cyclists and horse riders that follow old mineral tramways and railways. These serviced the area that was once the epicenter of the global copper industry and is now part of Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.
Come rain or shine you’ll find something for everyone among the city streets, surrounding countryside and marine environment beyond. There are well-known landmarks, historical sites and natural assets to explore across Plymouth’s many unique areas and districts.