Tavistock - the perfect day out!
Tavistock lies on the edge of Dartmoor, about 15 miles north of Plymouth.
It is situated on the River Tavy from which its name derives.
It is an ancient stannary town (tin-mining) and now enjoys its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Historically this area was important as one of Europe's richest sources of tin, and Tavistock was one of four stannary towns (tin mining) appointed by charter of Edward I.
Prominent figures from Tavistock must include Sir Francis Drake who was born in 1540. A favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. He was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world and one of the English commanders at the victory against the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Comments from a recent guest:
“I like Tavistock as it has some individuality and character, interesting architecture and is overall an attractive place, with a good choice of restaurants and eateries. Tavistock may be a small market town but it has a lot going for it!”
Here is a vibrant "Pannier Market" (so called after the baskets used to carry goods), and it is one of the ‘must sees’ of Tavistock. When you visit you will be met with a vibrant, colourful and varied choice of goods covering an amazing spectrum: photographers, potters, artists, upholsterers, quilters, card makers, wood turners, and metal workers mingle with clothiers, milliners, antiques experts and furniture-makers.
Tavistock is also renowned for its variety of unique shops that will make you never want to leave this beautiful market town - it is a fantastic place to shop for stylish clothes, jewellery and curious gifts both large and small.
The friendly town also hosts a wealth of restaurants and cafes all selling excellent locally produced food.
And when you’ve had enough of wandering around the shops, you can take a pleasant wander along the canal and through the public gardens.
There is no doubt about it, Tavistock really is the perfect day out!