Tavistock sits in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty nestling between Dartmoor National Park and the stunning Tamar Valley. It is also a thriving market town – the largest in West Devon – with a population of around 14,000. Tavistock’s rich and varied history is clearly visible in the fabric and culture of the modern town.
Up until the 16th Century, Tavistock was an integral part of Tavistock Abbey, one of the wealthiest in the West Country. In 1539 the Abbey was dissolved by King Henry VIII and its lands transferred to the Russell family who would become the Earls and Dukes of Bedford and the owners of Tavistock for over 300 years.
In 2006 Tavistock became part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its important role in the history of the mining industry in the region.
Tavistock is unlike any other town in Britain and draws visitors in from across the globe, eager to enjoy it’s beauty, and to dig in to its rich heritage and history.
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