Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot racecourse

Take a trip to the historic market town of Newton Abbot with its traditional market, busy town centre and popular racecourse..

Things to do

Explore the town centre. As well as a wide variety of shops, there is also the indoor market with a varied selection of stalls. If you would like to learn more about the history of the town and its connection with the railway, visit the Town and Great Western Railway Museum, or perhaps take a guided tour of Tuckers Maltings, one of the last traditional malt houses.

Visit Decoy Country Park, which has a large children’s play area with a water play feature, a lake with water sports activities, woodland walks, and a wildlife discovery centre. Catch bus 75 to Decoy from the town centre.

Just outside Newton Abbot is Prickly Ball Farm and Hedgehog Hospital. As well as hedgehog encounters, you can also visit ‘pets corner’, the adventure playground, and the tractor park. Catch buses X64, 176 or 177 to Ogwell Cross, then a one-mile walk.

Getting to Newton Abbot

From Exeter, take the X64, 39 or 2. The X64 is the most direct route, the 39 runs via Chudleigh and Bovey Tracey, while the 2 operates along the coast through Dawlish and Teignmouth. From Brixham, Paignton and Torquay, take the 12 and from Totnes the X64 or 177.

There are train links from most parts of Devon, including Exeter, Exmouth, Torbay and Plymouth. The Railway Station is a short walk, or bus ride from the town.

If you are travelling from further afield, take the bus or train to Exeter or Totnes, and then catch one of the services listed above.

Use our Interactive Bus Map