Tavistock is an ancient tin mining town, situated on the south-west edge of Dartmoor National Park. It gets its name from the "Tavy", the River on which the town lies, and "stock" indicating that historically the town was a prominent agricultural market for the area.
Tavistock is the birthplace of Britain’s great seafarer hero, Sir Francis Drake , who was born at Crowndale Farm, just south of the town, in 1542.
Tavistock is now the largest town in West Devon with its architecture of local stone, wide range of shops, a market, a riverside park, a leisure centre and theatre. It is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside, especially the wilds of Dartmoor.
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