“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

History and Heritage on Dartmoor

House of Marbles

The Old Pottery, Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey, Nr Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9DS

With four museums of games, glass, pottery and marbles, there really is something for everyone no matter where your interests lay.

Teign Valley Glass is a working glassworks with a team of highly skilled glassmakers.  We use traditional techniques such as glassblowing alongside new methods to create stylish and collectable glassware that you can buy in the glass shop as a lasting memento of your visit.

Lunch, breakfast and afternoon tea are served in our fully-licensed eatery. Daily specials, children’s menus, gluten free and vegetarian options also available, along with lighter refreshments for a whistle-stop tour.

Shop at House of Marbles for quality toys, games and gifts that are at the heart of our business.  There is so much more to discover from homeware, stationery and confectionary to fashion accessories too.

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Finch Foundry

Sticklepath, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2NW

Set amidst beautiful Dartmoor countryside in the village of Sticklepath, this last remaining water-powered forge in England, gives a unique insight into village life in the 19th-century. In its heyday the foundry made 400 tools a day including sickles, scythes and shovels for West Country farmers and miners. Demonstrations of the machinery every hour.

Our tearoom overlooks the River Taw and steeply wooded moorland. Enjoy a cream tea in our beautiful garden or have a look in our shop for a special keepsake to take home.

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Museum of Dartmoor Life

3 West Street, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 1HQ

Set in its own charming cobbled courtyard, the Museum Of Dartmoor Life is based in a three story old Mill in the centre of Okehampton.  The Museum tells for story of the people who lived on Dartmoor, from prehistory through to the present.

For Children there are Interactive Exhibits, a range of activity trails, including letterbox stamps, find the Dartmoor Piskies and build your own Stonehenge.

The Museum also hosts its own gift shop, the Tourist Information Centre for Okehampton, a craft gallery and the Victorian Pantry tea rooms, so all make this a place to stop over and explore for an hour or two.

Disabled Parking and access for wheelchair users, with a lift to all floors.

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Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

NT Parke Estate, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ12 9AT

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is a registered charity created to work with the pony keepers on Dartmoor to preserve the traditional type of native Dartmoor Pony.

The Trust offers a range of services to support and assist the owners of Dartmoor Ponies on the Moor and has created a superb new Visitor Centre at Parke, Bovey Tracey, in partnership with the National Trust.

The centre provides information and education for the public about the role of the ponies on Dartmoor, and is a ‘showcase’ for these ponies. Visitors can interact with ponies and a range of courses for learners of all ages and abilities is available.

The Centre is now established as a unique educational resource for the west of England, using ponies as a platform for learning for young people with a variety of abilities and behavioral issues.

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Buckland Abbey

Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6EY

When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.

The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum. There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago.

We do allow dogs on certain walks here at Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate, and also in the Ox Yard and car park.

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Moretonhampstead Motor Museum

Court Street, Moretonhampstead, Court Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 8LG

Moretonhampstead Motor Museum is home to a collection of over 100 vintage vehicles, from Victorian horse-drawn carts to cars, motorcycles and light commercial vehicles from pre-1920s to the 1990s.

Run by local motoring enthusiast Frank Loft, the museum is housed in a newly refurbished bus depot in Moretonhampstead, Devon. The collection is complemented by motoring artefacts and automobilia, and the viewable restoration workshop makes it more than just a museum.

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Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

Milford, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0AT

The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is proud to present the National Fairground Collection. It is a facility unique in the UK, designed to capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays.

The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 45,000 square foot indoor attraction that provides a unique opportunity to view our Fairground Heritage in a beautiful rural location.

The cafeteria, open all day, is housed in a beautifully converted barn, full of character, along with a gift shop. Entrance to the cafeteria and shop is free and we welcome visitors who just wish to use these facilities.

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Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0EE

Nestled in a tranquil haven on the edge of Dartmoor and along the banks of the River Dart, Buckfast Abbey – the only English medieval monastery to have been restored and used again for its original purpose – offers all the ingredients for a great trip whether visiting the area on holiday or just looking for an inspiring day out.

The Abbey Church is located at the centre of the grounds at Buckfast Abbey. Standing on the original medieval foundations, the Abbey Church was rebuilt at the start of the 20th Century by a small number of monks between 1906-1937.

A visit to Buckfast Abbey would not be complete without lunch or afternoon tea at The Grange Restaurant. Open from 10am every day.

Soon to celebrate its 1,000-year anniversary, Buckfast Abbey is home to a community of Benedictine monks. Founded by King Canute, the Abbey fell into ruin after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 and centuries later it was rebuilt on its original foundations.

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War Horse Valley

Parsonage Farm, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh, Devon, EX19 8SN

Parsonage Farm has been farmed by the same family for nearly 100 years and is the farm around which the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo was set, along with the parish of Iddesleigh.

It was also once home to Revd. John ‘Jack’ Russell, first breeder of the terriers to which he gives his name.

This beautiful hidden part of Devon boasts stunning scenery of rolling hills and valleys with Dartmoor as its magnificent backdrop.

Come and explore War Horse Valley – its farming history, its people and its Wartime stories and of course the place where the story of Joey and Albert was born.

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