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Modbury is a beautiful small market town in the heart of South Devon and one of the smallest towns in the region. But Modbury is famous due to its shops’ policy of banning the use of plastic carrier bags in 2007, long before the rest of the UK. 

Centrally located in the heart of the South Devon countryside, Modbury is boasts spectacular views, walks and scenery all year round, yet is just a short drive from the coastline and some of the UK's best beaches. 

The pretty town is full of independant shops, pubs and cafe's, and is the perfect place to while away a few hours of retail therapy - with unique gifts and local produce on sale. 

From arts and crafts to fine dining on quality local produce, Modbury is a picturesque and lively South Devon holiday destination that takes the idea of preserving its unique environment seriously.

History of Modbury

Recorded in the Doomsday book Modbury, meaning ‘meeting place’ in Old English, is a Saxon settlement. The town was the scene of two battles in the English Civil War, and by the 19th Century was prospering thanks to the wool trade. Today the town attracts visitors for its rural location and cultural heritage.

Things to do in Modbury

If you want a base that’ll let you explore everything that South Devon has to offer easily, then Modbury is ideally placed to access a great range of attractions. It’s close to the coast, estuaries and the Dartmoor National Park, but if you want to stay a little closer to town then there are plenty of festivals and events throughout the year. Modbury has a strong sense of community, and the whole town comes together to celebrate Modbury May Fair every year, featuring stalls, performances and entertainments.

Modbury is a walkers paradise, with the South West Coast Path, South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a variety of heritage trail walks around the town itself. 

If you want local beaches, you cannot beat Bantham, Bigbury on Sea and Thurlestone - all a short drive from Modbury. 




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).






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