A thriving market town rich in history and home to the cream tea

A thriving market town, situated on the River Tavy, Tavistock is a great place to set up home. An ancient stannary and home to the cream tea, this beautiful Devon town is the only to hold world heritage status.

A rich history

Tavistock’s name is derived from the River Tavy, which flows through the town, and ‘stoc’ which is an Old English word for settlement. Tavistock grew to become a market town, a significant producer of woollen cloth, a parliamentary borough and one of Devon’s three original stannary towns.

Tavistock is also the ‘eastern gateway’ to the World Heritage Site, and the ideal place to start exploring the mining landscape of west Devon and Cornwall.

Around the town

Tavistock is full of fascinating buildings dating back to many different periods and with a wander around this market town, it’s clear to see. The beautiful St Eustachius’ Church is situated in the town centre and is an integral part of the community. The impressive building of Tavistock Town Hall dominates the centre and Tavistock Museum provides an insight into the town’s life across the centuries.

Exploring the outdoors

Situated on the western fringes of the Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock is the ideal base for exploring the great outdoors.

With its wide open moorlands and deep river valleys, Dartmoor is perfect for walking, cycling or horseriding. And with so many routes available, there’s plenty for everyone.

And for something closer to home, a riverside walk or cycle in Tavistock itself, is a great outdoors’ activity.

With the kids

Tavistock is great for all the family. In the town itself is the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre with unique fairground rides, games, stalls and displays all undercover and Tamar Trails for family outdoor adventures. And nearby is the Tamar Valley Donkey Santuary for animal lovers.

With Devon and Cornwall’s top attractions on the doorstep, there’s plenty available for a fun day out close by.

For a cream tea

Legend has it that the cream tea originated in Tavistock and what better place to sample this well-known treat.

There are plenty of venues to enjoy this delicacy around town including at The Kitchen.

Transport links

With easy access to the A386 to Plymouth and regular bus services, commuting to and from Tavistock is easy.


Moorwishes: A beautiful shop selling paintings, handmade cards and other gifts

Lydford Gorge: The deepest river gorge in the South West https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lydford-gorge

Mime: Natural homemade food from locally sourced produce  https://www.facebook.com/mimetavistock2019/