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Out and About
Great Torrington is a friendly, welcoming town, set in the midst of rolling, unspoilt
green countryside. An ancient settlement extraordinarily sited on a cliff top with
steep drops down to the River Torridge below.
This impressive situation offers spectacular views. In the very heart of Tarka Country,
the wonderful landscape has remained practically unchanged since Henry Williamson
wrote his classic novel "Tarka the Otter" in the 1920's. Great Torrington for years
was valued for its strategic importance. The town had a significant role in the English
Civil War, specifically, the Battle of Torrington in 1646 which marked the end of
Royalist resistance in the West Country.
Great Torrington today has become well recognised as an important heritage centre
for the history of the 17th century. It is a vibrant community and people in the
town, proud of their heritage, can often be seen dressed in costume for re-enactments,
festivals and celebrations.
Great Torrington boasts a wonderful selection of visitor attractions, quite a coup
for a town of this size. From internationally renowned Dartington Crystal Ltd, producing
clear, contemporary glassware to export around the world to the small, traditional
country craft at Monkleigh Pottery, there is something for every taste and every
member of the family. Rosemoorthe beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden,
and Barometer World,(with the biggest collection of barometers in the world) are
both just outside Torrington, whilst the colourful, new, interactive, 17th century
family experience at Torrington 1646, is conveniently situated right in the centre
of the "Cavalier Town" The Plough Arts Centre boasts a 140 seat auditorium, a gallery,
a dance studio, meeting rooms, a cafe and bar.