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5 reasons to come to Tavistock in 2023

If you have never been to Tavistock before or it’s been a while since you have had the chance, make 2023 the year you visit.

From a bustling high street to rambling moorland, Tavistock offers the perfect selection of things to see and do all year round. Whether you are interested in the natural beauty of the outdoors, shopping, heritage or simply a bit of family time, Tavistock is an ideal base for all of these things! Who needs to go abroad?

A staycation (also known as a ‘Holistay’) is an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy staying in their country and participate in an array of leisurely activities in the surrounding area. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty our own country has to offer and helps support the local businesses that rely on tourism in the UK.

So lets take a look at why Tavistock is a great place to visit this year:

1. The Heritage

Not only does Tavistock offers spectacular beauty both in the town and in its surrounding areas, but it is known for its unique heritage. As part of the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tavistock is the only town in Devon to hold World Heritage status, placing it on a par with international treasures like Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. The permanent protection of this countryside is important to people all over the world and why the area has been given World Heritage Status.

Drop into the Guildhall Gateway Centre, formerly a Court Room and Police Station, and immerse yourselves in the interactive displays as you learn about Tavistock's place in the World Heritage Site.

It is this rich history that makes Tavistock such a fascinating and beautiful place to visit.

2. The Great Outdoors

On the doorstep of the Dartmoor National Park and part of the Tamar Valley Natural Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Tavistock is the perfect base for exploring and adventure. Dartmoor is magical for walking, cycling, riding and wild swimming. The special landscape of the AONB that is defined by the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher is famous for its mining heritage sites and places that are wildlife hotspots! Tavistock’s town centre also offers great beauty from its parks and architecture, but is also surrounded by remarkable natural landscapes. See what there is to explore in and around the town here or check out these blog posts for some great walks and wild swimming ideas:

3. The Food

Tavistock is renowned as a foodie destination, with an award-winning farmers' market and wealth of local food to enjoy in town or to take away. We are lucky to have such an eclectic range of pubs, restaurants and cafes. We even boast a top 50 Gastro Pub, The Cornish Arms! Many of Tavistock’s favourite eateries offer beautiful outside spaces to enjoy a meal and a drink (or two!) plus there is plenty to do after dark.

Pick up the brilliant Eat & Drink Tavistock guide or check out these blog posts: ‘5 Great Alfresco Eating Spots In Tavistock’.

If you fancy just a picnic in The Meadows, in the town square or to take with you on your day adventures, there is a wide selection of takeaways and local produce businesses. A picnic has never looked so delicious!

4. Places to stay

We get that camping isn’t for everyone, much like a hotel might not be someone's first choice. But Tavistock has got you covered from friendly camp sites surrounded by nature and historic hotels in the heart of the town to chic boutique b&b's. Check out our full list of places to stay here.

5. The Perfect Base

Tavistock is a great home base for day trips and is surrounded by beautiful spots that should be on your ‘must see’ list! Whether you are looking to dip your toes in the sea at some of Devon’s finest beaches, or looking for a mooch through breathtaking woodlands, Tavistock provides easy access in less than an hours drive. Here are some recommendations:

  • Brentor Church

  • Burrator Reservoir

  • Lydford Gorge National Trust

  • Buckland Abbey National Trust

  • The Garden House

  • Morwellham

  • Tamar Trails

  • Bellever Woods, Dartmoor

  • Widmouth Bay and Bude Beach

  • Crackington Haven

  • Tintagel

  • The Eden Project

A guide to the town can be found here or picked up at many locations in town and around the region.

See you in 2023!

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