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Top 10 Recommended Things To Do in Tavistock


Things To Do in Tavistock
The ruins of a medieval abbey, birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, UNESCO World Heritage Site and gateway town to the high west and north moors of Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock is a wonderful place. Here's our list of 'Top 10 Recommended Things To Do in Tavistock'. There are plenty more in our attractions listings. By James Penman.

Tavistock Abbey, Devon

Tavistock Abbey dominated the local area for over 500 years until its dissolution in 1539. Explore its ruins. See Betsy Grimbal's Tower, the Abbey Chapel and Court Gate in which you'll find a museum.

Tavistock Duke of Bedford Statue, Devon

Yes, a statue. The Earls and Dukes of Bedford took possession of the abbey site and lands after the dissolution. The Pannier Market, Town Hall, Bedford Square, Duke Street are a result of their work.

Tavistock Pannier Market

Go shopping. The Pannier Market is an obvious destination. Wander Duke Street and West Street as well. There are lots of cafes and restaurants to enjoy around the main shopping area.

Tavistock Canal Walk, Devon

Follow the canal from the centre of Tavistock past the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake to the magnificent Shillamill Viaduct. A 1.5 mile tunnel runs under the hills to Morwellham Quay.

Drake's Trail, Devon

Sir Francis Drake is a national icon. Born at Crowndale Farm, he subsequently lived at Buckland Abbey. Explore Drake country on Drake's Trail. From Tavistock, head for Grenofen Tunnel and Gem Bridge.

Morwellham Quay, Devon

On the Devon bank of the River Tamar, Morwellham Quay is part of the UNESCO Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Take a trip into the George and Charlotte Mine.

Tamar Trails Centre, Cornwall

Just up the road from Tavistock, by the once mighty Devon Great Consols mining area, the Tamar Trails centre offers a wide range of outdoor activities. Try treesurfing and canoe on the Tamar. Hire a bike to discover the area.

Brent Tor, Devon

Fascinating place but included on this list for its views along the west flank of Dartmoor National Park. Amazing. Tavistock is a gateway town to Dartmoor. Read our 'Top 10 Tors' list for walking ideas.

Buckland Abbey

Abbey and then home to Sir Francis Drake. Today, Buckland Abbey is a National Trust property on the Devon side of the Rivers Tamar and Tavy.

Cotehele House and Gardens, Cornwall

National Trust property located high above the River Tamar. Climb Prospect Tower and walk down to Cotehele Quay. The views of Calstock Viaduct are special.