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Nestled in the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes of South Devon, Modbury exudes an undeniable charm that encapsulates the essence of a quintessential English town. It’s one of the smallest towns in the region and known for its shops’ policy of banning the use of plastic carrier bags in 2007, long before the rest of the UK, in fact, it’s the world first plastic bag-free town!

With its historic architecture and vibrant community, Modbury offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The village's rich past is evident in its medieval market square, adorned with charming Georgian and Victorian buildings that house a range of independent shops, galleries, and cafes. As you wander through Modbury's quaint lanes, you'll discover hidden courtyards and peaceful corners that evoke a sense of timeless tranquillity.

Beyond its architectural appeal, Modbury is surrounded by the stunning South Hams countryside, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. From scenic walks along the nearby coastlines to explorations of Dartmoor's rugged landscapes, there's no shortage of opportunities to connect with nature.

Resting between the coast and the moors, Modbury offers a gateway to both the beauty of the countryside and the charm of the sea. Whether you're strolling through the town’s charming streets, embarking on outdoor adventures, or savouring Devonshire delights in local eateries, Modbury promises an authentic and unforgettable experience for those seeking a true taste of South Devon's rural allure.

History of Modbury

Recorded in the Doomsday book Modbury, meaning ‘meeting place’ in Old English, is a Saxon settlement. Its history is deep routed in it medieval origins and the town has evolved over the centuries into the charming and vibrant community it is today.

The town was established as a market town during middle ages whist led to the construction of its historic market square which remains at the heart of Modbury. It became a hub of commerce, bringing traders and merchants together to exchange goods and services.

During the English Civil War in the 17th century this vibrant town played a role in the conflict. The town was occupied by royalist and parliamentarians at different times and battles were fought in the surrounding areas. And, later on during the industrial revolution the town prospered thanks to the wool trade, the town experienced some changes during this time, however, its character as a market town and its architectural heritage remained relatively intact.

Things to do in Modbury

Modbury offers a delightful array of activities and attractions that allow visitors to immerse themselves in its history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you're interested in exploring its historic sites, indulging in local cuisine, or enjoying outdoor adventures, Modbury has something for everyone.

Embark on the self-guided Modbury Heritage Trail that takes you through the village's historic streets, highlighting its architectural gems and historical landmarks. Pick up a trail guide and learn about Modbury's past while enjoying a leisurely walk. Along the way you can stop by and visit the iconic Modbury Triangle, the heart of the village's market square. The Triangle is surrounded by charming buildings, shops, cafes, and the historic church, creating a picturesque and vibrant gathering spot.

In the town centre there’s lots of independent boutiques, galleries and antique stores to peruse; Modbury is known for its unique shopping experience, offering everything from artisan crafts to vintage finds. After a spot of retail therapy devour delicious food and drink in Modbury’s cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs. Indulge in locally-sourced produce and Devonshire treats while enjoying the cosy and friendly ambiance.

For those who love outdoor adventure activities, Modbury is surrounded by the stunning South Hams countryside offering ample opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Enjoy walks, hikes and cycle routes that lead you through scenic landscapes and coastal paths. The town’s location in South Devon places it within reach of stunning beaches along the coast. Take a short drive to enjoy the sandy shores, refreshing waters, and breath-taking coastal views. Its closest beaches are Bantham, Bigbury-On-Sea and Thurlestone.

Events in Modbury

Modbury hosts a variety of events throughout the year that reflect the town’s vibrant community spirit, celebrate local culture, and provide entertainment for both residents and visitors.

In May the town celebrated its traditional spring fair which typically features stalls, games, live music and entertainment for all ages. The fair is a wonderful opportunity to experience the village's lively spirit and support local businesses.

The summer sees the Modbury Carnival which often includes a colourful parade, live performances, food stalls and family-friendly activities throughout the week.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Modbury is around 16 miles from Dartmouth and 12 miles from Salcombe. 

There is a council-run long stay car park close to the town centre with around 80 spaces and an adjacent, smaller short-stay car park. You’ll find this on Poundwell Street (PL21 0QJ) just off Church Street (Modbury’s main high street).



Public Transport Directions

By Train: the nearest train stations to Modbury are Ivybridge and Totnes

By Bus: 

- Stagecoch number 3 bus from Kingsbridge to Plymouth

- Oakleys Coaches number 875 from Lee Mill to Bigbury-On-Sea




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