Great Torrington Town in Devon
Great Torrington, more commonly referred to as simply Torrington is a town in North Devon approximately 12 miles southwest of Barnstaple and seven miles southeast of Bideford.
With a population of about 6,000 in the 2001 census the town sits on a plateau with its main features being the Torrington Commons that surrounds the town on three sides and Castle Hill that overlooks the River Torridge below.
There were Iron Age and medieval castles and forts in Torrington, located on Castle Hill.
Great Torrington had great strategic significance in the English Civil War; in the Battle of Torrington of 1646, the Parliamentarians, led by Sir Thomas Fairfax, swept into the town and defeated Lord Hopton's forces. This marked the end of Royalist resistance in the West Country.
Today the town is recognised as an important heritage centre for the history of the 17th century, and its people can often be seen dressed in costume for historical re-enactments, festivals and celebrations. An interactive Civil War Experience, 'Torrington 1646', marks the town's historically important role.
The town has a thriving Arts scene with the hub being the Plough Art Centre.
Rosemoor Gardens lie just southeast of the town and offer an oasis of peace and quiet.
Dining out near Great Torrington
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: