Great Torrington


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Tel code: 01885 | code search
Postcode: EX38 | code search
Population: 5000
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Folk Customs:
Burning the Ashen Faggot
Hatherleigh Carnival Tar Barrels
Kingsteignton Ram Roast
Passing the Port
Pretty Maidís Charity
Tar Barrels & Rock Cannons of Ottery
The Barnstaple Shilling
Turning the Devilís Stone

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A historic market town in the heart of Devon, Great Torrington enjoys stunning views over the river Torridge and surrounding farmland. It is a charming little town built around the Market Square, which houses a covered market with shops and stalls selling local produce. Great Torrington might be small in comparison to some other Devon towns, but it has its share of excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants. The town even boasts its own museum and Arts Centre. Though the Norman Castle is now gone, a car park and Visitor Centre welcome visitors today, the sharp drop to the river a testimony to the well sited Norman stronghold. One of the fiercest battles of the Civil War took place in Great Torrington in 1646, when the church was almost completely destroyed by an explosion of gunpowder, killing 200 Royalist soldiers taking refuge in its tower. Today, the 180 mile Tarka Trail can be accessed from Great Torrington, where walkers and cyclists can follow the adventurous route of Henry Williamsonís Tarka the Otter. It is in Great Torrington that the world famous Dartington Crystal is made. Visitors can tour the factory and buy the beautiful hand blown glass in the factory shop


Dartington Crystal
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Staple Barton

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Riverside Cottage (4.58 miles)

Riverside Cottage
Riverside Cottage is 1 mile from the ancient port & market town of Bideford straddling the River Torridge is nearby & offers a good range of local facilities. The spectacular North Devon coast is never ... More | visit website
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Weach Barton Granary (4.81 miles)

Weach Barton Granary

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Just 2 miles from Instow's sandy beach and enjoying panoramic countryside views, this unusual little property, built on original granary stilts, is set on a child friendly ... More

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Furzedon B&B (4.85 miles)

Furzedon B&B
Jan & Jerry Sharpe welcome you to Furzedon which is a new build cob house. It is one of only 4 new cob houses to have been built since the early 20th century. Cob is ... More | visit website

Classic Cottages (4.87 miles)

Classic Cottages
Just what you want in a seaside village - whitewashed cottages, higgledy-piggledy narrow lanes, a quaint harbour and plenty of cosy pubs and cafes to linger in ... More
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Royal Hotel (5.03 miles)

Royal Hotel

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The Royal Hotel overlooks ancient Bideford Bridge and the River Torridge and is a good base for exploring the countryside of Tarka the Otter and the streets of Clovelly. Within an ... More

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Tantons Hotel (5.10 miles)

Tantons Hotel

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In the centre of historic Bideford, at the heart of North Devon, this privately owned and managed hotel looks out over the River Torridge, opposite the ancient bridge. Next to the town ... More

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Secret Garden Suite @ Millbrook (5.20 miles)

Secret Garden Suite @ Millbrook

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The Secret Garden Suite is luxury private 100m2 suite with super king water bed, cast iron bath and double shower, dressing room and lounge. The Suite has it own secret ... More

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Pines at Eastleigh (5.29 miles)

Pines at Eastleigh

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Selected by the AA as 'One of Britain's Best in 2009', the Pines at Eastleigh is a Georgian country house, set in 7 hilltop acres with views over open countryside to ... More

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Cob Cottage at Winscott Barton Barns (5.77 miles)

Cob Cottage at Winscott Barton Barns

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In a tranquil scenic location just 3 miles from Westward Ho!'s sandy beach and the attractive old port of Bideford (with ferry to Lundy Island), these 17th ... More

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Orchard Hill Hotel (5.80 miles)

Orchard Hill Hotel
Set in an elegant Georgian building with an on-site bar, Orchard Hill Hotel overlooks the River Torridge and has free Wi-Fi access. Free private parking is available and the seaside village of Westward Ho! with ... More | visit website

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