The key gateway to the western side of Dartmoor, the handsome market town of Tavistock has many layers of interest as a destination, and plenty of stories to tell. Perfect as a base from which to explore the Moors, or to cross the border over into Cornwall, it’s safe to say that Tavistock may well convince you to return time and time again.
Tavistock has a few claims to fame that are noteworthy. Way back in the 16th century, famous explorer, sea captain and naval officer, Sir Francis Drake was born at nearby Crowndale Farm. Later in his life he purchased Buckland Abbey, these days run by The National Trust as a very worthy place to visit. Very little remains of Tavistock Abbey, founded in AD 974, but according to documents found in 2004, this is where the delectable Devonshire cream tea first came into being – scones, clotted cream, and jam – what a winning combination.
Tavistock is also where the annual Goosey Fair takes place, a marvellous three-day street fair that first started over 900 years ago.
With one of the finest indoor markets in the southwest, a high-quality accommodation offering, and a beautiful scenery on its doorstep, Tavistock deserves its reputation as one of the most desirable towns in the area.