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24 hours in Tavistock: A town guide

PUBLISHED: 11:32 26 June 2018

Tavistock (c) Lamerie, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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In Devon’s towns and cities there’s an awful lot you can do in just 24 hours. For her regular feature, Lydia Tewkesbury travels to see what you can do in a day in Tavistock


Tavistock Pannier Market

This indoor market offers a range of quality stalls and services all year round, open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00-16:30.

Tavistock Museum

Visit the muesum to learn some fun facts about Tavistock’s local history, with a particular focus on its fascinating mining heritage. Check online for opening times.

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Meadowlands Leisure Centre

Experience some fitness fun at Meadowlands with swimming pools, flumes, group exercise classes and a café – the perfect place for those rainy days.


Night time

Tavistock Wharf

Boasting a popular cinema, theatre and art gallery, this premier arts and entertainment venue holds live music and a wide range of other events each week.

Tavistock Town Hall

Situated at Bedford Square, the town hall holds evening events and activities every week, offering everything from spiritualism to jive nights.

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HQ Cocktail Bar

Bringing the big city vibe, this cocktail bar and café loosens up as the night goes on. Enjoy a cosmopolitan and boogie on the dance floor.

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A contemporary, family-run venue mixing the old and new with a welcoming atmosphere. Taylors’ inspiring menu includes homemade cakes, fresh coffee and cocktails.

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This is the town’s “foodie” destination, serving gourmet pizzas, fresh salads, sandwiches and pastas. They have an emphasis on organic and local ingredients.

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The Cornish Arms

For warm welcoming surroundings and good honest food, this great British pub in the heart of Tavistock is well worth the visit.

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Country Cheeses

With happy, helpful staff always on hand to answer questions, this is the home of ‘real’ cheese that is carefully matured and nurtured just for you.

Tavistock Cycles

This independent family run cycle shop sells, hires and repairs bicycles, as well as stocking a wide range of clothing, accessories and parts.

Brocante of Devon

A delightful find offering a personal, friendly service and good advice while selling classy, unusual gifts for every taste and occasion.


Reader suggestions

Lucy Balmer: Whispers is amazing for finding top designer clothes at sensible prices.

Jean Stobbart: Crebers Deli is fantastic!

Mike Kinsey: The Kitchen is perhaps the best cafe in town – independent and very popular.

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