Places of Interest on Dartmoor and West Devon

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Places of Interest on Dartmoor and West Devon, National Trust properties, open gardens etc.

Okehampton, Tavistock and places of interest in Dartmoor and West Devon

Places of Interest/Activities to visit while you our staying in this beautiful area of outstanding natural beauty, including the local towns of Okehampton and Tavistock, National Trust, English Heritage and many others all waiting for you to come and explore, with some places just across the boarder into Cornwall, most within 1 hours drive.

:- The remains of Devon 's largest castle. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book and steeped in history. One of the country's most romantic ruins. Let the free audio bring the castle to life A traditional market town nestling in the northern foothills of Dartmoor, Okehampton is a great place for the outdoor enthusiast. Known as the walking centre of Devon, visitors can discover the wild side of Dartmoor on foot or explore forgotten villages by bike .


Tavistock is a thriving market town, steeped in history. The Pannier Market, first held in 1105, still takes place most days. A Benedictine Abbey was founded on the banks of the River Tavy in 974. Ruins of this abbey may be seen close to Bedford Square . Enjoy a coffee after walking around the town browsing in many of the lovely little shops. For those with a young family there is Meadowlands swimming pool with the large park behind with climbing frames, swings and plenty of room to run and kick a ball around, or stroll along the canal and feed the ducks.

Launceston , the ancient capital of Cornwall . Discover the castles 1000 year history and fantastic views English Heritage.

Lydford GorgeLydford Gorge NT
, Lydford , North Dartmoor
Spectacular gorge walk incl. 90ft White Lady Waterfall, Whirlpools & Devils Cauldron. Shop & tearoom. Tel: 01822 820320

Further a field are the cities of Exeter , Plymouth and Truro all excellent for larger shopping trips. Plymouth has the National Aquarium, Smeatons Tower (Plymouth lighthouse), Plymouth Dome where you can step back in time and experience the sights and smells of an Elizabethan street, the Barbican and much more. Exeter and Truro both have beautiful Cathedral's and most of the high street names for a great days shopping.

Buckland Abbey NT
. Home of the Elizabethan seafarer Sir Francis Drake, some 700 years old with a great hall dating from the 16 th century. Attractions include interactive displays of the houses history and visitors can try butter making. Take a voyage of discovery to the home of Devon 's most famous seadog, Sir Francis Drake. Explore his dramatic life, epic circumnavigation, the Armada battle and the Drake legends. Tel: +44 (0)1822 853607

Eden Project
, St Austell, Cornwall . The Eden Project where two giant conservatories have been constructed to grow plants giving us a fresh look at our world and our place in it, exploring positive futures and showing us what can be achieved when people work together. 01726 818 771.
Finch Foundry
Finch Foundry NT , Okehampton, North Dartmoor .
This unique property is the last remaining water-powered forge in England , containing the last original working trip hammer, all set in stunning Dartmoor scenery.

Tel: 01837 840046
Castle Drogo NT , Drewsteignton, East Dartmoor
Magnificent granite Castle built high above the Teign Gorge. The dream home of India tea baron Julius Drewe and the creation of brilliant architect Edwin Lutyens. Tel: 01647 433306

Anthony House NT
, Torpoint, Cornwall , 01752 812 191
Classically beautiful 18 th century mansion, gardens and riverside woods. Just a short hop across the Tamar from Plymouth which can be accessed by the Torpoint ferry from Plymouth or from Saltash by road.

Cotehele House
, Mill and Estate NT, St Dominick, Cornwall. Ancient home of the Edgcumbe Family, visit the restored working watermill and flour mill where you can buy flour that is ground on the premises. There is an agricultural workshop with craft tools on display. The medieval house has a wonderful display of collectable furniture, armour and textiles. . Tel 01579 351 346

RHS Rosemoor Gardens , Great Torrington;- Come and see this enchanting 40 acre garden set in the beautiful Torridge Valley . Whatever the season, Rosemoor is a unique place that people return to time and again for ideas, inspiration or simply to enjoy a relaxing day out.
Rich in variety, the Formal Garden demonstrates a wide range of plants and planting styles with plenty of ideas to inspire visitors for their own gardens. Other attractions include the Queen Mother's Rose Garden and the Shrub Rose Garden, Lady Anne's Original Garden , the Fruit and Vegetable Garden , the Arboretum, stunning Lake and Cottage Garden , as well as Woodland Walks. Careful planning ensures year-round interest and provides something for everyone to enjoy, whatever the season.

Tel 01805 624 067
Rosemoor Gardens
The Garden House :- Exquisite ten acre garden, picturesque tearooms and quality plant sales. "You'd be mad to miss it" - Alan Titchmarsh "One of the most innovative and exciting gardens in Britain " - Sunday Telegraph. Colour and interest from Spring to Autumn, centred on an enchanting terraced walled garden surrounding the romantic ruins of a medieval vicarage. Beyond is a modern garden...... 01822 854 769 For further information and leaflets on gardens in Devon phone 0870 608 5531.

Kents Cavern, Torquay,
Devon 01803 215 136

Kents Cavern is one of the most important Palaeolithic caves in Northern Europe and the oldest recognisable human dwelling in Britain . It holds beautiful and spectacular geological formations and significant prehistoric finds, some over 700,000 years old.




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