Kingsbridge Town in Devon
Kingsbridge is a busy market town and a focal point for the whole South Hams. The town, with a current population of about 6,000 people, stands at the head of the Kingsbridge Estuary in South Devon.
Kingsbridge dates from about the 10th century, a settlement growing up around a bridge over the river on land formerly owned by Buckfast Abbey. The estuary is not actually a river valley but a 'ria' in geographical terms, a minor river valley flooded by the sea when water levels rose after the last Ice Age.
In the thirteenth century Kingsbridge was in fact two towns. The towns of Dodbrooke and Kingsbridge. The area that was Kingsbridge developed faster over the years and swallowed up its near neighbour.
Today Kingsbridge is a tourist hub and attracts visitors mainly interested in sailing and other watersports. It has good road links to Plymouth and Dartmouth along the A379 and to Salcombe and Totnes via the A381.
Highlights of the area include the Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum and the waterfront as well as the nearby beaches at Thurlestone, Hope Cove, Bigbury, Hallsand and Slapton Sands. There are also excellent walks around Prawle Point and Start Point for the keen rambler.
The nearest source of local information is available from Kingsbridge Information Centre.
Events near Kingsbridge
Fri, 22 - Sat, 23 Jun (ca. 22 km)
Dining out near Kingsbridge
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: