Tavistock centre

The historic Stannary town of Tavistock features an interesting selection of shops, and traditional Pannier Market. Tavistock was once a major centre for tin and copper mining; hence its designation as a Stannary town, while its most famous son, Sir Francis Drake, is commemorated by a statue on the Plymouth Road.

Things to do

Visit the Pannier Market. The original charter market is still held every Friday, but there are now markets on most days except Sunday and Monday.

Take a walk in the Meadows Park between the River Tavy and Canal.

Take the bus to Princetown on Dartmoor, home of the infamous Dartmoor prison. The prison was originally built in 1806 to house prisoners from the Napoleonic wars. Visit the prison museum to learn more about its history.

Getting to Tavistock

From Plymouth you can either take the 83, 84 or 86 bus, or from Okehampton, Bideford and Barnstaple, the 118. All the bus services stop in the bus station, which is convenient for the town centre.

If you are travelling from further afield, take the bus or train to Plymouth and then catch service 83, 84, or 86.

Use our Interactive Bus Map