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Perched on the edge of Dartmoor, Tavistock is a friendly market town full of tradition and festivity. This is the homeland of Sir Francis Drake, one of England’s most famous explorers. Of course, the reason most people come is to go exploring themselves, and with 368 square miles of National Park on the doorstep, there’s no excuse not to. Whether you discover an ancient abbey, or kayak on a river, this is a place to fuel your zest for life.

Things to see

The flamboyant bronzed statue of Sir Francis Drake welcomes you to the town; a reminder of Tavistock’s historical pedigree. The city centre charms with its stone architecture and variety of independent shops, which will tempt you with local, gourmet delicacies and artisan crafts. At the covered Pannier Market, you can experience centuries of tradition as you peruse the local produce– the market has been in operation for over 900 years. To delve deeper into Tavistock’s history, take the pleasant walk to Crowndale Farm, Drake’s birthplace. A short drive will take you to nearby Buckland Abbey, a medieval mansion, which has a museum about Sir Francis Drake and often puts on period costume dramas. Even more splendid is Buckfast Abbey, a working Benedictine monastery famous for the fortified wine it produces. All around, the vast expanse of Dartmoor opens up with hundreds of hiking and biking trails in rugged, dramatic landscapes.

Hotels in Tavistock

Tavistock has an exquisite selection of country hotels and independent guesthouses. Each property has a unique character, whether it’s a castle or a farmhouse, but all are full of history and traditional touches. Most Tavistock hotels are mid-range, offering comfortable, characterful rooms, with period features such as 4-poster beds, exposed stone walls, or modern decor with quirky designs. Most offer complimentary WiFi access, satellite TVs and coffee makers. For family breaks, there are also some self-catering apartments available, as well as family suites in some of the hotels.

Where to stay

Tavistock has a lively atmosphere with a good range of local amenities, pubs and restaurants, and is a convenient place to stay to access the Dartmoor National Park, with a park tourist centre located here. A selection of characterful hotels is available. If you’d rather escape to a rural retreat, you’ll be spoilt for choice across Dartmoor. There are several idyllic country hotels and guesthouses close to Buckland Abbey, as well as deeper into Dartmoor’s wilderness. If you stay at the eastern edge of the park, you’ll be close to Buckfast Abbey and within a short drive of the coast.

How to get to Tavistock

The closest international airports to Tavistock are located in Bournemouth and Bristol. From either airport, the best option to reach the town is to hire a car, as Tavistock is in a rural location and does not have a train station. A car will also make it much easier to explore Dartmoor. By road, it takes about 2 hours from Bristol and a little more than that from Bournemouth. Plymouth is the closest city to Tavistock, and there are good bus links – it’s about a 40-minute journey. Coach and train services are available to Plymouth from other major UK cities.