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Great Torrington Town in Devon

Photograph of Great Torrington

Location

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.

Events near Great Torrington

Dining out near Great Torrington

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Lathwell's, Bideford

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The Hoops Inn, Clovelly

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Han Court, Barnstaple

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62, The Bank, Barnstaple

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Prezzo, Barnstaple, Barnstaple

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Fullam Restaurant, Barnstaple

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Zena's, Barnstaple

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Great Torrington, Bideford, Bickington and Hatherleigh.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowGreat Torrington

arrowBideford

arrowNortham

arrowWestward Ho!

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowBideford

	arrowNortham

	arrowHatherleigh

	arrowWestward Ho!

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Torrington, Winkleigh, Bideford and Highampton.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions

There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Great Torrington

	arrowThe Plough Arts Centre

	arrowPlough Arts Centre

	arrowDartington Crystal

	arrowTorrington Golf Club

Torrington

	arrowRHS Rosemoor

Appledore

	arrowNorth Devon Maritime Museum

	arrowSkern Lodge Activity Centre

Umberleigh

	arrowCobbaton Combat Collection

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