Great Torrington map and guide

A Hidden Gem at the heart of Tarka Country

With its dramatic setting, one of Devon's most iconic inland views set above the Torridge valley (as seen from South Street car park - plenty of spaces), historic civil war heritage, major attractions and independent shops, Great Torrington is a perfect visitor destination. Nestled in the heart of North Devon’s breathtaking countryside, the town offers plenty of things to see and do, whether you are interested in nature and the countryside, history, arts and crafts and shopping, or good, locally-sourced food and drink.

There's plenty to do in Torrington, whether you visit for a day, a weekend or longer. You can cycle or walk for miles along the famous Tarka Trail, get horticultural inspiration at RHS Garden Rosemoor or try your hand at glass blowing at Dartington Crystal. Or why not steep yourself in civil war history, take a walk around the old town centre and visit the Heritage Museum? The Tarka Valley Railway Project is next to the Tarka Trail at the Puffing Billy just outside town on the way to Bideford, following that route is the path of the old canal. The town centre itself is full of irresistible, independent shops, and the restored Victorian Pannier Market holds regular retail and farmers’ markets. Later, how better to relax than by eating at one of the many restaurants, cafés or pubs, before taking in a movie, theatre or comedy performance at the unique and friendly Plough Arts Centre.

Great Torrington truly is a surprising gem of a town hidden away in the most beautiful and least commercialised part of Devon. Come and visit. We can’t wait to see you!

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