With a great little arts scene, Civil War heritage and beautiful surroundings, the town of Great Torrington (often simply shortened to just “Torrington”) makes a relaxing detour just a short drive from Northcote Manor Hotel. Why not explore some regional history and culture on your next visit? Here are some favourite attractions and recommended things to see and do in Torrington:
The Plough Arts Centre (Fore St. EX38 8HQ)
Just about all forms of performance and visual creativity can be found at this brilliant arts centre in North Devon. From special exhibitions to award-winning live music and cult theatre acts, this is a real hive of interest and activity. Add a brilliant café bar and an ever changing line up of performances, and this is a venue to keep a close eye on. It’s also worth checking the website regularly for some of the best art workshops and short courses in North Devon: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
Did you know: Per head of population, Great Torrington has the most active community of volunteers in the UK.
Dartington Crystal Visitor Centre (Linden Close, EX38 7AN): Whether you fancy a try at glass blowing, or simply a good browse around a huge collection of beautiful glassware, the visitor centre at Dartington Crystal makes a great stop off in Torrington. Plenty to see here as part of an interactive shopping and creative experience, along with a relaxing onsite café. Should you want a unique keepsake or gift from your visit, you could also paint or engrave your own special glass item to take away. Full details on the site here,
RHS Garden, Rosemoor (EX38 8PH) : A great location for a stroll, a coffee and possibly a shop all rolled into one, the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Rosemoor is a delight for any Devon visitor with green fingers. With a wealth of beautiful and rare plants, plus friendly experts on site, these gardens are at their best in the summer months: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
Torrington 1646 Café (Castle Hill, EX38 8AA ): As a Cavalier Town, Torrington has an intriguing history to tell from the days of the English Civil War. Featuring period costume staff and curiosities on display, this café is an enjoyable blast from the past. Also a great place to sample locally sourced food and drink. Further info here.
Did you know? The Battle of Torrington (1646) played a key part in the English Civil War, as the Parliamentarians broke Royalist forces in the town, effectively ending their resistance in the Westcountry.
Torrington Cycle Hire (Station yard, EX38 8JD): For some wonderful scenery and a real sense of freedom, what better way to explore North Devon than with a bicycle? With rewasonable rates and some great local routes to take you into deepest Devon and back, see the company’s website: www.torringtoncyclehire.co.uk
The ideal base for exploring Devon in comfort and style: Based in a beautiful corner of the county, Northcote Manor offer country chic rooms, friendly staff and excellent food for the perfect mini break in Devon. Keep an eye on our offers page for some great deals on luxury escapes.