Devon PL19
It has been said that the market town of Tavistock is one of the most elegant towns in the South West of England.
Set on the River Tavy on the western edge of Dartmoor Forest some 15 mile (25 kms) north of Plymouth, the village is one of the gateways for tourists to the magnificent Dartmoor National Park. The village has a population of approximately 11,000 people and is known for its market and general quality shopping.
Pannier Market
Shopping here dates back to 1105 when King Henry I granted a Charter to the monks of Tavistock to conduct a weekly Pannier Market (so called after the baskets used to carry goods). The market is now conducted daily from Tuesdays to Saturdays. On Fridays, the market is the original Charter market. For information, go to the markets own web site.  Web: Tavistock Panier Market
Court Gate
In the centre of Tavistock are the remains of its old abbey. The abbey was demolished in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. All that remains is Court Gate arch which was once the main entrance to the Great Courtyard of the Abbey. Nowadays this archway leads from Bedford Square to Guildhall Square, where you will find the oldest private library in Devon.
The Wharf
Feeling like a cup of coffee and sandwiches, or maybe relaxing with a glass of wine in pleasant surroundings, then a visit to ‘The Wharf’ may be for you. Here you will find an arts centre with theatre, concert hall, cinema and art gallery, with a unique waterside coffee shop and bar. The coffee shop and bar fronts the pleasant Tavistock Canal. Details on ‘The Wharf’ website at  Web: Tavistock Wharf
Heritage Steam
For lovers of ancient Steam Rollers, Traction Engines, Steam Lorries, Scale Steam Engines and most other things relating to heritage steam, a very special event takes place on the Sunday of the first weekend of June every year. The Robey Trust conducts the Tavistock Steam Fair. You can even ride around the Town in a trailer pulled behind a Steam driven vehicle.  Web:  Tavistock Steam & Vintage Fair
Sir Francis Drake
Around 1540 Sir Francis Drake was born at Crowndale Farm, just to the west of what is now Tavistock College. A statue of this talented Elizabethan sailor stands on the roundabout on the A386 at the western end of Tavistock. Most people don’t know that the statue to Drake on Plymouth Hoe is actually a copy of this Tavistock statue.
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Getting There
- By Road from London
From Junction 4B on the M25 take the M4 westbound past Slough, Reading and Swindon towards Bath and Bristol. At Junction 20 just beyond Bristol, take the M5 southbound past Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgwater and Taunton continuing onwards to Exeter.
At Exeter Junction 31 you have the option of heading towards north and then to Tavistock or continuing onwards south on the A38 towards the eastern and southern edge of Dartmoor and towards Plymouth.
For the northern option, at the M5 Junction 31, take the A30 westbound towards Okehampton. Leave the A30 at the junction with the A386 taking the A386 south to Tavistock.
For the eastern/ southern route, from Junction 31 continue on the A38 past Buckfastleigh, Ivybridge and then on to Plymouth.
At Plymouth take the A386 north to Tavistock.
- Parking
There are several ‘Pay & Display’ parking stations in Tavistock. There are excellent directions on how to get to each parking station on  Web:  Tavistock Online/ Parking
- By Rail from London to Plymouth
Take the First Great Western service from London Paddington station to Plymouth station. Trip takes an average of just over three hours. Services are approximately hourly during week days. For timetable information and bookings, visit  Web:  National Rail Enquiries
- By Bus from Plymouth to Tavistock
Most buses to Tavistock leave from Plymouth’s Bretonside bus and coach station, postcode PL4 0BG – approximately 1 mile (1.5 km) from Plymouth rail station to the bus station.
Services from Plymouth to Tavistock are 81, 81A, 81C & 981. Services are run by First Group Web: First Group Bus/ Devon
Google Map - Tavistock