GUILDHALL GATEWAY CENTRE
Described as a gem in the heart of Tavistock, this newly opened visitor attraction is a must-see!
A ‘gateway’ centre for information about the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site (WHS), the Guildhall also tells the story of Tavistock’s mining past and of the building itself as one of England’s first purpose-built combined court and police stations.
Visitors will discover how mining transformed Tavistock in the 19th century, and learn about the industrial landscape of the region and what it means to be a World Heritage Site town.
Hear stories of the men and women themselves who worked and lived in the region, understand the far-reaching influence of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford on the town and surrounding area and learn about the 7th Duke’s role in bringing law and order to Tavistock by commissioning the Guildhall in 1848, a building which also housed the town’s fire engine house.
The Guildhall became a pioneer in the development of the modern police and justice system, and the preserved Victorian cells and imposing tiered courtroom, conserved to its former glory, showcase moments from a sometimes chequered history of the town.
A variety of cultural and community events take place throughout the year ranging from talks, courses, exhibitions, concerts and performances as well as being home to the town’s enlarged Visitor Information Centre.
The Guildhall Gateway Centre