A charming market town spanning the Lemon River, Newton Abbot boasts historic buildings, wonderful parks and gardens, diverse and vibrant markets and even a quaint brewery.
Beautifully located amid forests and fields, Bradley Manor is one of Devon’s best preserved medieval manor houses. Protected by the National Trust, the 13th-century manor features a magnificent great hall bearing the royal coat of arms of Elizabeth I. In Bradley Manor, you’ll find an impressive collection of period artworks and furnishings and marvel at the workmanship of the plaster and joinery. In the grounds, you can wander along the picturesque riverbank, explore the woodland trails and discover the intriguing Puritan Pit, the site of secret meetings of non-conformists.
The medieval St Leonard’s Tower stands at the center of Newton Abbot and is all that remains of the 13th-century church next to which William III made a historic declaration before taking up the English throne. Also in the town is the splendid Forde House; built in 1610, this is where both Charles I and William III stayed on their visits to Newton Abbot.
The Newton Abbot Museum has interesting displays on the history of the town as well as some fascinating collections of Aller Vale pottery, paintings and Great Western Railway artifacts. Just out of town is the renowned Newton Abbot Racecourse where steeplechases are held throughout the year. Nearby is Tucker’s Maltings which is the only malt house in the country that is open to the public. Here you can take part in guided tours of the brewery, beer tasting and regular beer festivals.
Newton Abbot is famous for its markets. The open-air market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while the Pannier indoor market is open six days a week. The interesting Cattle Market and Auction is held each Wednesday. The town has a leisure center for exercise and there are plenty of atmospheric restaurants, cafes and pubs to keep you entertained in the evenings. Devon’s south coast, where you’ll find some of the best beaches and scenic coastline in the country is just a short drive away.