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Why visit Tavistock?
Located on the western boundary of Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock is a former stannary town, one of only a few locations in Devon where tin miners brought the tin to be weighed and taxed.
Today, Tavistock is a busy market town, with a number of shops and cafés. The Pannier Market is open most days, with the main market taking place on Friday, and a number of specialist arts and crafts events taking place on other days. An award-winning Farmers’ Market also occurs twice a month, with producers selling local food, drinks and plants.
Tavistock is renowned for the annual Tavistock Goose Fair, known locally as the Goosey Fair. The event dates back to the 12th century, when farmers would bring their animals to show and trade. Held in October, it was an opportunity to buy a goose and fatten it up in plenty of time for Christmas. Today, the fair lasts the best part of a week and has hundreds of stalls on display as well as entertainment, games and rides.
Tavistock is ideal for lovers of the great outdoors, with easy access to Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walkers can climb nearby Brent Tor, where you will find the church of St Michaels sitting on the top. Cyclists can ride the Dartmoor Way or travel from Tavistock to Plymouth along Drake’s Trail, named after Sir Francis Drake who was born in the area.
Places to visit near Tavistock
South of Tavistock is Yelverton, where you can find many prehistoric settlements and Roborough Rock, a mass of igneous rock. Close to Yelverton is the National Trust property of Buckland Abbey, a 700 year old building with links to Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake.