Tavistock, Dartmoor National Park

Tavistock, Dartmoor National Park

Major gateway town to the west of Dartmoor National Park

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tavistock sits between Dartmoor National Park and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Plymouth is to the south and both the South Devon and East Cornwall coastlines are easily accessible.


Why holiday or weekend break in Tavistock?

To help you choose Tavistock, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


UNESCO World Heritage Site

Discover why Tavistock is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See our Tamar Valley & Tavistock UNESCO World Heritage Site listing for more information.

Day trip to Morwellham Quay UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Moving further back in time, explore the remains of Tavistock Abbey (Ruin) in the centre of town.


Go shopping

We'd recommend a trip to Tavistock Pannier Market.

There are plenty of restaurants and pubs in and around Tavistock.


Visit the National Trust's Buckland Abbey

Visit the National Trust's Buckland Abbey (National Trust) which was once home to Sir Francis Drake.

Other National Trust properties in the area include Saltram House, Lydford Gorge (National Trust), Cotehele House and Antony House.

Finch Foundry (National Trust) and Castle Drogo (National Trust) are further away.

Also visit English Heritage's Lydford Castle (English Heritage) and Okehampton Castle (English Heritage).


Enjoy Dartmoor's outdoor activities

Cycle Drake's Trail between Tavistock and Plymouth and the Granite Way between Lydford and Okehampton.

Mountain bike the Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes up at Princetown.

Go horse riding on the moors from Cholwell Farm Riding Stables.

Complete the Tavistock Canal Walk.


Dartmoor's tors

Follow the B3357 up onto the moors and walk to some of the National Park's most dramatic tors. Great Staple Tor and Great Mis Tor Tor are magnificent.

If you are an experienced walker, head for Fur Tor which is the most remote place in southern England.

Walkers should also summit Yes Tor and High Willhays which are the only two mountains in southern England.


Burrator Reservoir

Picnic at Burrator Reservoir. It's a stunning place.

If you're feeling energetic, you can cycle or walk around the water. Try the Burrator Reservoir Circular Walk.

Note that Burrator is fringed by some beautiful tors with big views.


Discover Dartmoor's rich prehistory

English Heritage's Merrivale (English Heritage) is one of the National Park's most impressive sites and is near Tavistock.

To learn more about Dartmoor's prehistory, spend some time in Princetown National Park Visitor Centre and Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre. There's good information in Okehampton's Museum of Dartmoor Life as well.



Take in the views from Brentor and Brentor St Michael de Rupe Church. On a clear day, these are among the best views available in the Park.


Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Visit the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area west and south west of Dartmoor isn't particularly well known but it's an exceptional place.

Highlights include Lopwell Dam, Buckland Abbey (National Trust), The Garden House, Morwellham Quay UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For outdoor activities, head for the Tamar Trails Centre. Mountain bike, treesurf and canoe the River Tamar.


Plymouth, South Devon and East Cornwall

Day trip to Plymouth.

If you're planning a longer holiday, we'd also recommend exploring the South Devon and East Cornwall coastlines.

In South Devon, Wembury and Bigbury-on-Sea/Bantham are superb. On sunny days, Salcombe and Dartmouth are up there with the best coastal destinations in the UK.

In East Cornwall, Whitsand Bay is sublime. You can also take a ferry from Plymouth to Cawsand on the East Cornwall coast.


Local towns and villages

To the north try Lydford and Okehampton.

To the east we'd suggest you visit Princetown.