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Tavistock

The charming market town of Tavistock on the western edge of Dartmoor is not only a gateway to the National Park, but also to Cornwall and Devon's World Heritage mining sites and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town nestles alongside the river Tavy and is a quintessential West Country market town with a wealth of award-winning hotels, restaurants and cafes. Central hub in Tavistock is beautiful Bedford Square flanked by the Victorian town hall and a variety of independent small shops.

The historic, award-winning Pannier Market here is open daily from Tuesday to Saturday, and on Mondays too during the summer holiday. The market building sits just behind the town hall off the bustling High Street. Don't miss a tour of the Tavistock Museum above Court Gate. Exhibits inside reveal the history of the once magnificent Tavistock Abbey - today only fragments and parts of the monastery wall remain around the town. Exceptional holiday cottage and farm B&B accommodation sits around Tavistock, all serving as perfect western gateways into Dartmoor and with beautiful rural surrounds. Many are family friendly and welcome dogs.

Bedford Square market stalls in Tavistock (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/argyle64/15502656351/in/set-72157648235299539)

Bedford Square market stalls in Tavistock

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his Sherlock Holmes novel 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' whilst in Tavistock. The atmospheric country surroundings were his inspiration, and the mystery novel brought plenty of attention to the area on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Tavistock hosts a selection of superb annual events including the Tavistock Goose Fair with stalls, a fairground and live entertainment, and the Westcountry Balloon Fiesta with a mass air balloon launch. Tavistocks's annual Music and Arts Festival is the town's celebration of song and entertainment, featuring workshops and performances taking place in April and May. Head down to Tavistock Wharf, a hub entertainment venue hosting live music with a bar, coffee shop, cinema and gallery on-site.

Tavistock attractions include the Tree Surfers high rope course, also with archery and mountain biking. It's the town's best attraction for adrenaline seekers, and there's an on-site cafe providing somewhere to relax for those who'd prefer to keep their feet on the ground. The Barn Indoor Climbing Wall is also available for active visitors, and World Heritage site Morwellham Quay offers a quieter day out with a recreated Victorian farm including a working forge and a narrow gauge mine railway set in 200 acres.

Accommodation in Tavistock

  • Peter Tavy   (4.2 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
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    £88
    Per room per night
     
    Historical pub in Tavistock with newly built guest accommodation. Featured in The Good Pub Guide 25 years in a row. Dogs welcome. Free Wi-Fi. On-site parking. Lunch and dinner menu
     
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  • Peter Tavy   (2.7 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
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    £35
    per person per night B&B (based on 2 sharing)
     
    Charming Bed & Breakfast accommodation on the western edge of Dartmoor, just 3 miles from Tavistock close to village amenities. Full English breakfast included and off road parking
     
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  • Chillaton, Dartmoor   (5.6 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
    Sleeps 5
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    £319
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 5
     
    Charming period cottage in Chillaton with two bedrooms, exposed beams, garden with play equipment & Wi-Fi. Parking available in courtyard. Pet friendly by arrangement.
     
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  • Yelverton   (4.4 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
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    £90
    Per Room (B&B)
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    Bere Alston B&B providing spacious and luxurious accommodation in thirty acres of beautiful riverside grounds, with three spacious bedrooms. Families welcome. Wedding facilities.
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  • Bere Alston   (4.6 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
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    £550
    Per week (seasonal)
     
    Rumleigh Farm consists of 2 Boutique Self-Catering Barn Conversions. Offering superb 'country house hotel style' accommodation in Devon, close to Tavistock.
     
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  • Tavistock   (2.4 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
    Sleeps 5
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    £286
    per week (seasonal)
     
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    Delightful newly converted holiday cottage inside Dartmoor National Park. Dog friendly, horses also welcome. Families accepted, cots and high chairs for babies. Free Wi-Fi. Parking
     
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  • Tavistock   (3.1 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
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    £199
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6-3
     
    Hoseasons self catering caravans and cottage in a rural setting close to the town of Tavistock.
     
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  • Peter Tavy   (3.0 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
    Sleeps 2
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    £291
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    In in a peaceful location within the Dartmoor National Park, this attractive, Grade II listed, miller’s cottage adjoins the owners’ converted watermill but offers completely sel...
     
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  • Moorshop   (2.0 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
    Sleeps 4
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    £311
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    Blacksmiths Cottage is a ‘picture postcard’ holiday cottage ideally located within the Dartmoor National Park. Lovingly renovated, it has bags of charm and is presented to a ver...
     
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  • Coxpark   (4.9 miles from the centre of Tavistock)
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    £145
    Per Week (Seasonal) Sleeps 6
     
    Two stylish caravans set on a 3.5 acre farm in East Cornwall. Perfectly located for touring Cornwall. Ideal for families and groups. Dogs and horses very welcome. Sleeps 6.
     
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