Ashburton, an ancient tin mining stannary town in south Devon is in a great location on the fringes of Dartmoor and close to the beautiful south Devon coastline.
The town centre has an assortment of shops many of which are traditional and specialist - perfect for locally crafted gifts and home-grown produce. There are many cafes and restaurants catering for a range of tastes and budgets.
Learn more about Ashburton at the museum which is in a building which once was a brush factory. Here there are a collection of artefacts including costumes and even some North American Indian relicts. It is open to the public from May to September free of charge.
If you are visiting in June and July the annual carnival is a colourful spectacle and is reputed to be one of the oldest in Devon. Further a field, Dartmoor is spectacular for pony trekking and walking and the River Dart is great for fishing and canoeing. For a fun family day out in countryside surroundings visit the nearby River Dart country park
Dating back to Saxon times Ashburton has had a varied history with tin mining being largely influential for the town as it was only one of four stannary towns in Devon. There are an array of interesting historical buildings in Ashburton especially in North street.
The parish church of St Andrews is a distinguished building and the rebuilding was funded by members of the tinners and wool merchant guilds. One of the oldest buildings in Ashburton is the Chapel of St Lawrence which has in the past been a private chapel for the Bishop of Exeter, a grammar school, a library and today it is a visitors centre open from May to September.