Newton Abbot Travel Guide

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Newton Abbot Things to Do

  • Tucker's Maltings

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Whisky drinkers should turn away now because it’s been said that beer needs a better quality malt than whisky does. I couldn’t possibly get involved in that argument, but now that I’ve done a tour of Tuckers Maltings I can certainly appreciate the effort that goes into providing the main ingredient that makes up a glass of beer. Made from partially...

  • Town & GWR Museum

    I always like to check out local museums. It helps me to understand the history of the local area, and Newton Abbot has its very own not too far from the railway station. It doesn’t occupy a very prominent position so it might be useful to explain how to find it. From the station walk down Queen St, or ‘Take Away Alley’ as I prefer to call it, and...

  • Bradley Manor

    Bradley Manor is one of the National Trust’s lesser known properties in the area but still worth a visit. Its location is on the outskirts of Newton Abbot just off the Totnes road near to the River Lemon. It’s a pleasant spot to escape the traffic of the town and won’t take up too much of your time either to get here, or to visit. The family who...

  • Racecourse

    Newton Abbot is one of the most popular summer racecourses in the UK with its August weekend festival attracting over 12,000 racegoers. Unfortunately I haven't had a day-off which coincides with a raceday but it is on my "To Do" list. I should imagine this is a fun day out and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to while away the wait between...

  • Railway Pub and Brewhouse

    ...and have a bit of time between connections, pop next door to The Railway pub. This is a friendly, traditional, pub with a couple of decent beers, welcoming staff and chatty regulars. Fortunately there are plenty of trains stopping at Newton and so if you get involved in a bar conversation you can just have another beer and catch a later...

  • River Teign

    As with most Devon Rivers, the Teign begins its travels from Dartmoor, after flowing south it becomes tidal at Newton Abbot before reaching the English Channel at Teignmouth, a distance of some 30 miles. Due to the river being tidal the mudflats at Newton Abbot are loved by birds, and habitat which leads to a large variety of wildlife. June 2012


Newton Abbot Hotels

  • Gidleigh Park

    Newton Abbot England Tq13 8hh, Newton Abbot, Devon

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Sampsons Farm Country Hotel

    “A foodie treat”. “Absolutely lovely”. “Rural idyll”. So say some recent visitors to Sampson’s...

  • The Bickley Mill

    Stoneycombe, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, TQ12 5LN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Newton Abbot Restaurants

  • Eastern Eye

    I'm not sure if the Eastern Eye was there before, under another guise, but my governor at work brought it up in conversation last week, so I thought I'd give it a try. And not disappointed at all - OK I've only been once and only had one main course but the place has a certain "swagger" to it - it buzzes (and this was a Tuesday Night!). Once we...

  • Coombe Cellars

    This is a traditional pub and restaurant that serves fresh and quality meals. The décor is stylish with a driftwood sculpture, pastel colour and a shabby chic feel to it. Delightful panoramic views of the River Teign estuary which require a window table to fully appreciate. Booking recommended. Monday to Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Sunday:...

  • Saffron

    This place aspires to be a modern, with-it, sort of upmarket Ruby house (sorry: Scots rhyming slang-Ruby Murray = curry) AND SUCEEDS! It does all your old favs, dhansaks, bhunas, vindaloo.............and etc. and does them all very well. But try the chef's recommendations and ask the waiters for advice regarding what to order as side dishes. The...

  • Grandstand Beefeater

    Family restaurant that operates under the Beefeater chain belonging to the Premier Inn Stable. The Grandstand is brand new (2012) and is laid out open plan with an adjoining lounge bar for drinkers. We ate here on our second night of four and enjoyed the quality and value so much we returned the next night, it may not be Gordon Ramsey but it is...

  • Newton's Wetherspoons

    J D Wetherspoon is a UK and Ireland chain of pubs and hotels which was founded by the charismatic Tim Martin in 1979. At the time of writing, February 2016, the company has over 1,000 outlets covering most towns and cities throughout the two countries.As pubs go I'm not a big fan of the chain, but then I much prefer more traditional pubs. However...

  • Flaming Sambuca

    I'm not sure if the Eastern Eye was there before, under another guise, but my governor at work brought it up in conversation last week, so I thought I'd give it a try. And not disappointed at all - OK I've only been once and only had one main course but the place has a certain "swagger" to it - it buzzes (and this was a Tuesday Night!).Once we had...


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    Ye Olde Cider Bar: I See No Beer!

    by johngayton Written Mar 18, 2016

    Newton's Olde Cider Bar is a venerable institution, being one of only three of its kind in England (the other two are the Monkey House in Defford, Worcestershire, and the Cider House in Quatt, Shropshire). As a "Cider Bar" it is licensed to sell nothing but cider and wine and so no beer, no spirits and absolutely none of those trendy alcopop things.

    Prior to the Victorian expansion of the town, coinciding with the mid 19th century arrival of the railway, the building was a farmhouse where cider was undoubtedly produced and would have formed part of the wages of the labourers and its history as a Cider Bar can be traced back through three generations of the Knibbs family. It retains many of its original features such as its open stonework, beams and flagged floors and about the only modern improvement was when the toilets were relocated indoors in the 1980's.

    The 20+ ciders, along with perries, are still mostly served straight from wooden barrels behind the open bar and come in a variety of styles, tastes and alcoholic potency - the session ones, produced by the Winkleigh-based Sam's are a mere 6% whilst a couple of the Weston's offerings are declared at above 8%. Amongst the wines you won't find any Californian Zinfadels or anything remotely resembling the supermarket offerings but instead country produce, predominantly from the Lyme Bay Winery which include things like Nettle, Cowslip, Elderberry and a range of fruity varieties.

    Surprisingly the Cider Bar isn't just for us old foggies and weekend evenings attract a relatively youthful crowd and even on a midweek late afternoon there's a good mix of people and a pleasantly laid-back buzz. Dogs are more than welcome as are well-behaved bank managers, provided the latter are kept on a lead, and you may even spot the odd solicitor or accountant.

    Food is nice and simple - ham rolls, cheese rolls and pasties - so nothing to detract from the serious business of the day, and recently they have introduced live music nights which can be quite lively.

    There was a bit of consternation last year when the Bar was put on the market but the lease was taken on by the former barman and so apart from maybe an odd improvement there's not a lot changing.

    Definitely worth a visit but do beware - cider needs to be treated with a touch of caution if you're not used to it and the pavement outside the front door is as solid as pavements get.

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Newton Abbot Transportation

  • Local and County Buses

    Newton Abbot is the local hub for bus services around this neck of the woods. Regular services provided by Stagecoach link the town to Exeter, the Torbay area and Totnes whilst the locally-based Country Bus Service reaches out into the surrounding rural areas including several Dartmoor towns and villages. The bus interchange is in the town centre,...

  • Newton Abbot Railway Station

    Newton Abbot is on the main railway line between London Paddington and Penzance and all the trains stop here. The three main operators are First Great Western, Southwest Trains and CrossCountry. The town is also on the branch lines between Exeter to Paignton and Exmouth. The station is located a short walk east of the town centre, at the end of...

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Newton Abbot Shopping

  • All Sorts Of Bits And Bobs!

    Whilst marketplaces in much of the rest of 19th century Europe were chaotic, unhygienic, open-air affairs here in Devon town and city councils were introducing legislation (and funding) for the construction of spacious, airy, covered market halls, known as "Pannier Markets" - the term relating to the baskets which fresh produce was transported...

  • Where To Get Your Fresh Fish (and Fish...

    Newton Abbot has a wealth of small independent shops and is the sort of town where you can get anything and everything you could ever require. One that particularly impresses me is Jacksons fishmongers on Queen Street. Their front window always has an attractive display of the freshest of fresh fish and seafood supplied daily from the nearby...

  • Family Shopping

    Trago is a Family Shopping and Leisure Park that is set within 110 acres and sells 80,000 products across 38 departments. There is a steam railway which runs for 2 and half miles and also an award winning model railway. The Park has free parking for 2,500 cars, a petrol station and a great choice of cafes, snacks and takeaway restaurants all with...


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    A Brewery Is Born!

    by johngayton Written Dec 12, 2013

    The Railway Inn, next door to the station here in Newton has long been one of my favourite pubs when travelling around this neck of the woods by train. I have been known to get off one train just to stop for a beer before getting the next train onwards to where I was heading. There are so few proper pubs left these days that I feel a personal responsibility to support as many as I can - that's my excuse anyway!

    Now I've got a doubleplusgood reason for detouring via The Railway since it is now a brewery as well as a pub. The Platform 5 brewery started up in spring 2013 brewing for the Railway and a couple of other pubs owned by the same people and bloody good beers they are too. It's still very much a fledgling company but the three beers currently being made deserve serious sampling and at less than £3 per pint are very pocket-friendly.

    Being the brewer also ensures that the pub will stay a pub for the foreseeable future and so that's an extra doubleplusgood bonus!

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Newton Abbot Warnings and Dangers

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    Ye Olde Cider Bar

    by EasyMalc Updated Dec 3, 2015

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    I said in my introduction that there’s not much to detain you in Newton Abbot, and it’s true - but the Old Cider Bar is an exception. More than that, it’s probably fair to say that you could even justify a special journey to come here just to visit this special place. Why is it special I hear you ask.
    Well firstly it’s just one of four cider houses left in the country, which means that it’s not allowed to sell beer. What’s more the Old Cider Bar in Newton Abbot has arguably the finest pedigree of those that are left. It’s been in the same family for 85 years and hardly anything’s changed since- except that women are served now and visitors are allowed more than half a pint!
    Many moons ago this was a farm with only limited shelter for the farmhands who no doubt would have been partly paid in cider. Fast forward to the 21st cent and it’s still in a time warp with stone flag floors, barrels of cider behind the bar, and an open fire to warm you up even if the cider doesn’t.
    The list of ciders is extensive - and we’re not talking mass produced non-descript ciders here. This is as real as cider gets on a commercial basis. The bar also sells country wines which are just as lethal, and if you’ve forgotten your snuff there’s a decent menu in that as well.
    If you find yourself looking to soak up any of the potent liquids on offer then they do a perfect cheese or ham roll - just as it should be - but you won‘t find anything else on the menu.
    Coming in here for a session isn’t for the faint hearted, but don’t let that deter you because everyone’s welcome.
    I’ve put this under the ‘Warnings & Dangers’ label for obvious reasons. For the uninitiated in cider drinking it needs to be treated with respect, and the pub opens straight out onto the road, which can be busy. Believe you me when I say that many a drinker who thought he could handle it all has come a cropper.
    Ye Olde Cider Bar is without doubt an institution, not just in Newton Abbot, but world-wide. However, I’m afraid there’s some bad news. Recently the family has put it up for sale and the estate agents say that it’s an exciting prospect. Not for me, or many other people it isn’t, because whatever happens next it can’t possibly ever be the same.
    So, if you want to see a veritable institution before it’s too late, jump off the train at Newton Abbot and make your way to Ye Olde Cider Bar in East St, but don’t forget that I haven’t put it under ‘Warnings and Dangers’ for nothing.

    * UPDATE NOV 2015

    The Cider Bar has now been sold on a 10 year lease. The new landlord was a barman here and so it seems in safe hands.
    He will be running it with his girlfriend, and they have said that they will introduce live music and themed food nights, but otherwise the pub will remain unchanged. Sounds reasonable enough to me in this day and age.

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Newton Abbot Off The Beaten Path

  • Torbryan

    Much of the area around Newton Abbot is not particularly suited to tourism, but if you have access to a car there’s some lovely countryside and charming villages not too far away.Torbryan is a case in point. It will take you about 15 minutes to reach the village from Newton Abbot. To get there take the Totnes road and turn off for Ipplepen. Drive...

  • Ugbrooke House

    This is another one of those places that needn’t figure high on your places to visit in the area, but at the same time it’s worth knowing about.There are plenty of other high profile country houses in Devon, most notably owned and run by the National Trust, but Ugbrooke House is privately owned and has been for the last 400 years.Since then it’s...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Newton Abbot Sports & Outdoors

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    Newton Abbot Racecourse

    by grayfo Written Jun 21, 2013

    Newton Abbot Racecourse is one of the country’s leading summer jumps racecourses and hosts about 19 meetings per season. The course is a flat, oval, tight, left-handed circuit of about 1 mile 1 furlong distance.

    June 2012

    Equipment: Binoculars and lots of money.

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Newton Abbot General

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    Tourist Information Centre

    by johngayton Written Mar 19, 2016

    Favorite thing: Despite its aspirations Newton Abbot isn't really a tourist Mecca but it does try its best. If you do happen to be visiting and need the services of the Tourist Information Centre you'll find it in the main hall of the Pannier Market (unit 6 on the side that backs onto the bus interchange).

    Here you can get all the advice and assistance you could possibly require including accommodation bookings, public transport information, advice on places to visit and things to do (including tickets for certain events such as Torquay's Princess Theatre) and not just within the town but the area in general.

    It stocks the usual freebie leaflets as well as local maps, guidebooks and souvenirs for sale.

    The office is open Monday to Saturday - in winter from 09.30 until 16.00 and in summer 09.00 until 16.00 (note that it closes for lunch).

    As well as tourist information it also provides local services such as Council Tax and Business Rate payments.

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