Things to Do

Torrington boasts a wonderful selection of visitor attractions, quite a coup for a town of this size. From internationally renowned Dartington Crystal Ltd, producing clear, contemporary glassware to export around the world to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society gardens there is something for every taste and every member of the family. Barometer World, (with the biggest collection of barometers in the world) is just outside Torrington, whilst the colourful, new, interactive, 17th century family experience at Torrington 1646, the heart of the "Cavalier Town" is conveniently right in the centre of the town.

The Plough Arts Centre

In the centre of Great Torrington the arts centre provides a varied programme of films, theatre and music. The café is open during most days.

Tel: 01805 624624
Email: mail@plough-arts.org
Web: plough-arts.org
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Less than 1km from Torrington
Torrington Cycle Hire

Torrington Cycle Hire

Welcome to Torrington Cycle Hire beside the old Railway Station at the foot of the hill to the famous Cavalier town of Great Torrington in North Devon. This safe, traffic free trail is popular with experienced cyclists and families alike. It runs along the disused railway line which has the benefit of being relatively flat with only small uphill and downhill gradients. We provide a range of hybrid and mountain bicycles, tandems, buggies and tagalongs which you can hire to explore the beautiful countryside of the Tarka Trail, we also have an adult Tricycle and two wheeled tagalong for disabled. You are provided with a rucksack containing a bike pump, puncture repair kit and lock. We undertake Bicycle Servicing and stock many spare parts, tyres, tubes and accessories. You are also able to purchase hot and cold drinks, ice creams, sweets and crisps.

Tel: 01805 622633
Email: info@TorringtonCycleHire.co.uk
Web: torringtoncyclehire.co.uk
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Torrington 1646
Torrington 1646

Secret Memorial Garden

The garden is a Community and Memorial Garden, open to anyone looking for a tranquil space in which to collect their thoughts, sit and read, or simply to wander around taking in the sights and smells of a wonderful variety of plants and herbs.

Open most days from about 09:00 to about 17:00.

Tel: 01805 626100
Email: cdt@great-torrington.com
Web: More info here...
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Torrington Heritage Museum

Torrington Heritage Museum

Torrington Heritage Museum is a small, friendly museum, which now has a new home at 14 South Street, just by the Pannier Market in the centre of town. It is run entirely by volunteers and entrance is free. The museum has some fascinating exhibits and it aims to reflect the diverse history of this ancient market town. Admission free.

For up-to-date details see their website below.

Tel: 01805 622306
Email: Torrington.museum@hotmail.co.uk
Web: www.torringtonmuseum.org.uk
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The Pannier Market

The Pannier Market

Built in 1842 and refurbished in 1999. Twelve shops, workshops and a cafe. With a general market on Thursdays and Saturdays. Market Hall available to hire.

Tel: 01805 626110
Email: info@great-torrington.com
Web: More information here
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The Gallery

14 The Gallery

This arts co-operative has been trading for over three years. The gallery, which is located in Great Torrington‘s historic Pannier Market, displays arts and crafts from a range of different media including paintings, ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery and cards.

Tel: 01805 623546
Email: info@14thegallery.co.uk
Web: More information here
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Between 1km and 5km from Torrington
Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

No trip to Devon is complete without a visit to Dartington Crystal Factory Experience. See first hand how our crystal is hand crafted with skill and care from the blowing of the molten glass through to the final finishing. There's lots more to see and do that will make your visit truly memorable.

Tel: 01805 626262
Email: enquiries@dartington.co.uk
Web: dartington.co.uk
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RHS Garden, Rosemoor

RHS Garden, Rosemoor

Set deep in the lovely North Devon countryside, RHS Garden Rosemoor is a garden of national importance. Lady Anne Berry gifted Rosemoor to the RHS and the RHS has added features such as the Formal Garden, extensive herbaceous borders, herb and cottage gardens, a potager, the Foliage and Plantsman's Garden and extensive stream and lakeside plantings. Recent additions include the Mediterranean and semi-tropical plantings which have been thriving during the recent long hot summers and the newly planted Winter Garden. But what is perhaps the most popular feature of this delightful garden is the extensive rose garden, proving beyond doubt the lie that the West Country cannot produce beautiful roses.

Tel: 01805 624067
Email: Email addresses
Web: rhs.org.uk
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Between 5km and 15km from Torrington
North Devon Surf School

North Devon Surf School

Learn to surf with the North Devon Surf School, one of the top surfing schools in the UK. Our school is based at Westward Ho! beach, North Devon. We offer surfing lessons, surfing courses and equipment hire.

Tel: 01237 474663
Email: info@northdevonsurfschool.co.uk
Web: northdevonsurfschool.co.uk
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Quad Bikes - Southdown

Southdown Adventure Quad Bikes

Looking for a thrill on our all-purpose built all-terrain track. Rain or shine - quadding can be enjoyed in just about any weather. Full training given by qualified instructors. Full safety equipment providd. Suitable for people aged six and older.

Tel: 01271 858971
Email: info@southdownadventure.com
Web: southdownadventure.com
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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Southdown Adventure Clay Pigeon Shooting

Beginners welcome with full tuition given. Fundays, groups and individuals. All inclusive packages can be created. Also available: Paintball.

Tel: 01271 858971
Email: info@southdownadventure.com
Web: southdownadventure.com
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Survival Paintball

Survival Paintball

Paintball can be enjoyed by nearly everyone, especially at Survival Paintball, where we have been running games on our superb 20 acre woodland site since 1988. Our experience, state of the art equipment and focus on safety means players of all ages and abilities can get on with the serious business of having fun.

Tel: 01271 858279 / 07714 348043
Email: info@survivalpaintball.com
Web: survivalpaintball.com
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Barometer World

Barometer World

Edwin Banfield, a retired Bank Manager, started his remarkable collection in 1971 and is an internationally renowned collector and prolific author on the subject of barometers. Over the years he has gathered together this fascinating collection of traditional mercury and aneroid barometers, barographs and pocket barometers.

Tel: 01805 603443
Email: barometers@barometerworld.co.uk
Web: barometerworld.co.uk
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Cobbaton Combat Collection

Cobbaton Combat Collection

This military museum covers mostly World War Two, but with exhibits from the Boer War up to the Gulf War. This collection ranges from military surplus tanks, guns, helmets, artillery, grenades, and bombs, to Home Front ration books, gas masks, ARP and Home Guard uniforms, and blackout lamps.

Tel: 01805 624067
Email: sales@cobbatoncombat.co.uk
Web: cobbatoncombat.co.uk
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The Gnome Reserve

The Gnome Reserve

For a completely unique experience, ecologically interesting, with an extra wonder and magic mixed in. Woodland, stream, 30 yard pond, meadow and garden - home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies, and about 250 labelled species of wild flowers, herbs, grasses and ferns. Gnome hats are loaned free of charge together with fishing rods, so you don't embarrass the gnomes!

Tel: 0870 845 9012
Email: info@gnomereserve.co.uk
Web: gnomereserve.co.uk
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Between 15km and 25km from Torrington
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