Newton Abbot is an historic market town which is surrounded by South Devon countryside. The town is home to a range of shops, restaurants and open spaces and is perfectly located close to both Dartmoor National Park and a number of lively seaside towns.
Things to do
Newton Abbot is a busy town with plenty of things to see and do. There are a number of markets held throughout the week including an Outdoor Market held on a Wednesday and Saturday, a popular Indoor Pannier Market open Monday to Saturday and a weekly Product Market held every Friday in Courtenay Street. As well as the markets, Newton Abbot town centre is home to wide variety of shops from high street names to independent retailers and a department store.
As well as shops and markets Newton Abbot is home to a range of seasonal festivals and events, a cinema which can be found near the town centre and a popular racecourse hosting race meetings throughout the summer months.
Located in the heart of South Devon Newton Abbot provides great access to the surrounding towns, villages, countryside and coast making it a great base for any visit to the region. The town’s close proximity to the seaside resorts of Torquay, Teignmouth and Dawlish as well as the stunning scenery of nearby Dartmoor National Park and the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty mean that fun and adventure are never far away.
The area has been inhabited since Neolithic times and was later occupied by the Romans. Referred to as the New Town of the Abbots (from the nearby Torre Abbey) the town was renamed Newton Abbot by 1300 and thanks to its market it became a thriving centre. Both wool and leather industries prospered here during the medieval period, and later the clay industry became a major employer.
In 1846 The South Devon Railway reached Newton Abbot and transformed the market town into a communications centre and base for industry. Branch lines opened to Torquay, in 1848 and Moretonhampstead, in 1866, making Newton Abbot a prime location for further industrial development. Some of the town’s history can be seen with a visit to St Leonard's Tower, the remains of an ancient church demolished in 1836, which sits in the centre of the town. The history of the town can explored further with a visit to Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum.
Food and drink
In Newton Abbot and surrounding area you will find a great range of pubs and restaurants, as well as serving up great local produce these establishment are packed full of character, atmosphere and charm.
Throughout the year a number of great food and drink festivals and events can be found in the towns and villages around Newton Abbot, as well as a produce market held on Fridays, in the town, you won’t be able to miss your chance to sample some fresh local Devonshire produce when you visit.
Something a little different
Newton Abbot provides access to some great parks and outdoor spaces. In the middle of town you’ll find the recently refurbished Victoria Gardens set alongside the River Lemon. Decoy Country Park, Courtenay Park and Bakers Park can all be found within walking distance of the centre, as can the Town Quay and wonderful new bridge, which forms part of an extended cycle route, provide a great chance to explore the surrounding area. Within a short drive you’ll find Stover Country Park and the Ted Hughes Poetry trail as well as Haldon Forest Park complete with spectacular views and woodland exploration with a difference.
If you are looking to explore the surrounding area on foot, Newton Abbot sits part way along the Templer Way, a walking route tracing the 18 mile historic route granite took from the quarries at Haytor, Dartmoor, to the docks at Teignmouth.
Tourist Information Centre
The Newton Abbot Tourist Information Centre is located within Newton Abbot Indoor Market.