Ivybridge South Devon

Ivybridge

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With a population approaching 13,000, Ivybridge is the largest town in the South Hams, South Devon. Largely due to easy access to the A38 and the quick commute to Plymouth nine miles to the west. It lies at the southernmost tip of Dartmoor and, for this reason, is also a popular centre for walkers and year-round tourism.


History of Ivybridge in Brief ...

First recorded as ‘Ivybrugge’ in 1292, the town takes its name from a narrow pack horse bridge which, at the time, provided the only crossing point of the river Erme. The river was key to the area’s commercial success from the growth of the wool trade during the 17th century and the Industrial Revolution in later years. There have been variously a tucking mill, corn mill, tin mill and paper mill harnessing the river’s power. In the 1840s the extension of the railway, skirting Ivybridge to the North, further enhanced the area’s prosperity and its importance as a staging post between Exeter and Plymouth. The A38 bypass was constructed in 1973 and Ivybridge was accorded town status in 1977. It rapidly expanded during the 1980s and ‘90s to become the popular dormitory town it is today.


It's a Fact !

The ‘ivy bridge’ became the subject of a painting by J M W Turner in 1813.

 In 1549, local resident John Bury became a ringleader of the famous Prayer Book Rebellion. As a consequence of his involvement, he was hanged in 1550.

In 1846, the Duke of Wellington, frustrated by a delay in a change of horses at Ivybridge, decided to walk the rest of the way to Plymouth, enjoying the company of fellow travellers along the way and refusing all subsequent offers of transport!


Explore Ivybridge in South Devon

Ivybridge is a multi-faceted destination, as you might expect from its proximity to both Plymouth for commuting, and the moor for leisure pursuits. The recently-constructed Watermark centre provides a focus for business and entertainment in the town, housing the local library, information point, conference facilities, cinema and performance space. On the outskirts of the town there is the highly-regarded South Devon Tennis Centre which draws participants from across the region. Ivybridge also marks the starting point of the Two Moors Way trail which extends 102 miles across the county to Lynton in North Devon.

For nature enthusiasts, the varied walks along the river Erme, and the Erme-Plym Trail, provide many opportunities to observe the local wildlife. For a more exotic experience, there is the Dartmoor Zoological Park based at nearby Sparkwell and made famous by a book written by its owner, and subsequent film. Sparkwell is also home to Anton Piotrowski, MasterChef winner and head chef of the Treby Arms in the village. For history buffs, the National Trust’s Saltram House can be found on the outskirts of nearby Plympton, together with the ancient and picturesque stannary town of Plympton St. Maurice and its Norman motte and bailey castle featured in the BBC’s Time Team programme.

There is ample parking in Ivybridge for visitors wishing to browse the shops including those in the popular riverside Glanvilles Mill arcade, or wanting to enjoy one of the films or concerts held regularly at the Watermark throughout the year.

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Sunbeam Cottage - Brixton
Village: Brixton
Cheerful one bedroom Cottage in Brixton, South Devon. Pets allowed, Free Wifi, free on-street parking and pets allowed.
Captain Morgan's - Cafe - Salcombe
Category: Cafes & Deli's
Town: Salcombe
Captain Morgan's is a beautiful little cafe sitting by the waterfront in the heart of Salcombe.
Church House Inn, Chruschstow
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Churchstow
Town: Kingsbridge
13th Century, award winning, village pub in Churchstow near Kingsbridge serving locally sourced food cooked on site by our own chef. Bed and Breakfast accommodation available. ...
The Cottage Hotel - Hope Cove
Village: Hope Cove
Town: Kingsbridge
The Cottage Hotel prides itself on being a traditional hotel, with old-fashioned service, comfortable lounges and delicious meals. Run by the Ireland family since 1973, personal service is key...
Church House Inn - Stokenham
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Stokenham
Town: Kingsbridge
The Church House Inn is located in the pretty village of Stokenham, conveniently located on the coastal road between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. Surrounded by stunning countryside views and with...
Coast & County Cottages
Town: Salcombe
Coast & Country Cottages is a holiday lettings agency with around 450 holiday cottages in South Devon. With offices in Salcombe and Dartmouth, the locally based team know and...
Pennymoor Caravan & Camping Park
Town: Modbury
Welcome to the leisurely, relaxed atmosphere of Pennymoor. Reviewers rate us 5 stars for our delightful and spacious 15 acre rural camping and caravan site which enjoys spectacular panoramic...
Coastal Living Holidays
Village: East Allington
Town: Totnes
A holiday booking company based in South Devon offering beautiful properties in the Salcombe to Dartmouth area.
The Winking Prawn
Category: Restaurants
Town: Salcombe
So close to the beach you can have lunch in your swimsuit, the Winking Prawn sits just over the road from North Sands in Salcombe. Welcoming visitors for more...
Village: Stoke Gabriel
Town: Totnes
Higher Well Farm Holiday Park, camping, caravans and chalets set in 15 acres of the beautiful Devonshire countryside, Higher Well Farm Holiday Park is ideally located to be far...
East Soar - Catered Camping and Holiday Cottage Accommodation
Town: Salcombe
East Soar - Catered Camping and Holiday Cottage Accommodation - Catered camping service in luxury pre-pitched bell tents with breakfast
The Bosko Bus - Gut Conscious Food Truck
Category: Takeaways
Town: Totnes
Gut conscious food truck based in Totnes and cover weddings and events all over the South Hams. A gut enhancing Take-Away alternative to quick munch on the go. ...
Springfield Grange
Town: Kingsbridge
Springfield Grange Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Kingsbridge - A newly built, modern home tucked away, very close to the town and estuary.
Bolberry House Farm - Caravan and Camping Park
Town: Salcombe
Nestled in the gently rolling hills of South Devon, between the old fishing village of Hope Cove and the boating paradise of Salcombe, Bolberry House Farm is the perfect...
Bantham Village Stores and Coffee Terrace
Category: Cafes & Deli's
Village: Bantham
Town: Kingsbridge
Visit us for delicious snacks, light lunches, coffee, other hot drinks, food and drink, milk and veg, an unsurpassable view and a very warm welcome.
Maltsters Arms Tuckenhay Totnes
Village: Tuckenhay
Town: Totnes
Malsters Arms at Tuckenhay - Restuarant and Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, situated in an idyllic spot on Bow Creek, near Totnes.
Quarry Lake Camping - Dartmouth
Town: Dartmouth
Quarry Lake Camping is a Campsite set on a working sheep farm in Dartmouth, South Hams with far reaching views. A 10 minute drive from Woodland Family Theme Park,...
Hope and Anchor - Pub - Accommodation - Hope Cove
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Hope Cove
Town: Kingsbridge
The Hope & Anchor is a vibrant pub in Hope Cove in the South Hams and offers quality food and drink in one of South Devon’s most cherished coastal...
The Globe Inn - Frogmore
Village: Frogmore
Town: Kingsbridge
The Globe Inn Restaurant, Bar, Functions and Bed & Breakfast B&B in Frogmore, Nr Kingsbridge. Large beer garden, ideal for special occasions.
The Bear and Blacksmith - Ultra Local - Chillington
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Chillington
Town: Kingsbridge
Situated in the heart of Chillington, on the road between Kingsbridge and Torcross, this friendly village pub boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere and is enjoyed by drinkers,diners, locals...
Sunrise Cottages
Village: Malborough
Town: Kingsbridge
Sunrise Cottages aim to find you the best holiday accommodation to ensure you have the perfect getaway - relax and unwind with us!
Mary Mills Farm Holiday Lodge in Kingsbridge
Town: Kingsbridge
Mary Mills Farm - Holiday Lodge in Kingsbridge - Self Catering Holiday Lodge Accommodation nr Kingsbridge, a quiet location in the heart of the South Hams.
Village Inn - Thurlestone
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Thurlestone
Town: Kingsbridge
A beautiful 180 year old character Pub with a warm welcome to all. We have a lovely selection of Ales, great food and are children dog friendly too....
Meadow Barn Farm - Off Grid Farm Holidays
Village: East Portlemouth
Town: Salcombe
Meadow Barn Farm offers a mixture of low-impact and off-grid farm holiday accommodation in gorgeous South Devon. Close to Salcombe and the region's best beaches, it's a beautiful place...
The Regal -  Pub and Club Kingsbridge
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Town: Kingsbridge
The Regal, an independently run pub in Kingsbridge. We serve locally sourced home cooked food, a well stocked bar serving wine and beer. Entertainment including a full sized snooker...
Albany House Salcombe
Town: Salcombe
Albany House is an elegant Victorian house, divided into three luxurious apartments overlooking Salcombe town and estuary.
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Village: Hallsands
Town: Kingsbridge
Rose Cottage - Holiday Property in Hallsands - This cosy end-terrace cottage can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
The Cricket Inn - Beesands
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Beesands
Town: Kingsbridge
The Cricket Inn at Beesands is conveniently located between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth and is set along the South West Coast Path making it a haven for enthusiastic walkers seeking...
The Tradesman's Arms - Stokenham
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Stokenham
Town: Kingsbridge
We are all devastated by the recent fire that has tragically destroyed our pub and three thatched cottages and are still trying to process the enormity of it all....
The Dodbrooke Inn - Pub - Kingsbridge
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Town: Kingsbridge
The Dodbrooke Inn in Kingsbridge; a family run free-house serving traditional home cooked food and a fine choice of Real Ales for the past 35 years. Kingsbridge's best kept...
The Pickwick Inn
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Town: Kingsbridge
Under New Management The Pickwick Inn is a warm welcoming village pub with great food and quality wines. It is a short drive from Bigbury-on-sea and...
Lauriol Gourmet Grill
Category: Takeaways
Village: East Portlemouth
Town: Salcombe
Lauriol Gourmet Grill serving delicious take-away Smash Wagyu Burgers, Wagyu Hot dogs, Transylvanian mici, coffee, tea, soft drinks and ice cream at West Prawle Farm, East Portlemouth apart from...
Dream Turkish Kitchen
Category: Restaurants
Town: Kingsbridge
Enjoy authentic traditional Turkish cuisine in the heart of Kingsbridge, South Hams. A family run business with over twenty years experience. Plus cocktails, beer and wine. Join us for...
The Sloop Inn - Bantham
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Bantham
Town: Kingsbridge
A 14th Century Inn with an ever changing menu using locally sourced produce with first class accommodation right next to Bantham Beach. Children and dogs welcome. ...
Village: Frogmore
Town: Kingsbridge
Seaflowers Bed and Breakfast in Frogmore, a purpose built B&B offers all the luxuries of a 5 star hotel. From fine linens and fluffy towels, to exquisite home cooked...
Maha Bharat - Bengali and Indian Restaurant and Take-Away - Kingsbridge
Category: Restaurants
Town: Kingsbridge
Maha Bharat in an award winning authentic Bengali and Indian Restaurant and Takeaway serving authentic Bengali and Indian cuisine. They offer delivery within a seven mile radius of Kingsbridge,...
Pigs Nose Inn
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: East Prawle
Town: Kingsbridge
The Pigs Nose Inn is a traditional english pub with lots of unique character and also the addition of being Devon's most southerly independent live music venue. Located in...
Stay in Devon
Town: Dartmouth
Self catering holiday cottages in the South Hams for family vacations, romantic getaways and holidays at the beach.
Room 101 - Pizza - Totnes
Category: Takeaways
Town: Totnes
Room 101 is a pizza restaurant / take-away on Totnes High Street. We serve only the freshest sourdough pizzas that are all baked to order. Delivery and Gluten Free...
The Start Bay Inn - Pub - Torcross
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Torcross
Town: Kingsbridge
The Start Bay Inn is a thatched-roof, 14th-century inn on the seafront at Torcross
Cool Beans Coffee
Category: Cafes & Deli's
Town: Modbury
Cool Beans Coffee Bar located in Modbury offer award-winning coffee, luxurious hot chocolate, natural fruit smoothies, proper milkshakes and perfect pots of tea, every time. ...
Jasmine Cottage Holiday Property in Hallsands
Village: Hallsands
Town: Kingsbridge
Jasmine Cottage - Holiday Property in Hallsands - This charming mid-terrace cottage can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
Tonto's View
Town: Kingsbridge
Tonto’s View, a luxury home from home. A detached one bedroom bungalow in a south facing position with stunning countryside views in the heart of the South Hams. ...
The Mill Club
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Town: Kingsbridge
The Mill Club is a popular bar, sports and music venue. It's also an ideal location for Birthday Parties, Wedding Receptions, Business Meetings, Wakes and Group Celebrations. ...
Blakes Pantry
Category: Takeaways
Town: Kingsbridge
Sandwich Shop in Kingsbridge (Premises previously known as Bap and Roll). Serving Jacket Potatoes, Paninis, Baps, Salad Boxes, Pasties, Cakes, Smoothies and Good Fairtrade Coffee.
Pizza Time 2 - Kingsbridge
Category: Takeaways
Town: Kingsbridge
Pizza, Burgers, Donner Kebabs and Chicken Kebabs at Pizza Time 2 in Kingsbridge. Available for collection or delivery within a seven mile radius.
Bolberry Farm Cottages
Town: Salcombe
Dog and child friendly two and three bedroom self catering holiday cottages nestling in the quiet hamlet of Bolberry with countryside views. A short walk from the old South...
Wisteria Cottage Holiday Property in Hallsans
Village: Hallsands
Town: Kingsbridge
Wisteria Cottage - Holiday Property in Hallsands - This end-terrace holiday cottage, near Hallsands, sleeps up to five people.
Outside Devon
Category: Cafes & Deli's
Village: Bantham
Town: Kingsbridge
Cafe and multi-use space in Bantham, Devon with a Skatebowl, Farm, Pottery and Surfboard Shaping Bay.
Snugglers Rest - Nr. Dartmouth
Town: Dartmouth
'Snuggler's Rest', a cosy and charming self catering chalet accomdation in South Devon. Beautiful quiet location. Close to Dartmouth. Only three miles from the beach. Traffic free area for...
Cafe Asia - Restaurant - Take Away
Category: Restaurants
Town: Kingsbridge
No visit to the Kingsbridge area is complete without a trip to Café Asia, and the chance to sample the delicacies and delights of South East Asian cuisine in...
Rosanne B&B
Town: Kingsbridge
Rosanne is a small family run Bed & Breakfast in Kingsbridge. We are ideally situated very close to the town and just a 10 minute walk down to the...
Category: Restaurants
Town: Kingsbridge
To be updated shortly.
Ship Inn Ugborough Restaurant & Bar
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Ugborough
Town: Ivybridge
Ship Inn Ugborough Restaurant & Bar - Modernised 16th Century restaurant and bar serving sensational food and ale.
Pizza Planet - Takeaway - Delivery - Kingsbridge
Category: Takeaways
Town: Kingsbridge
Since 2005, we have been offering fresh dough pizzas for delivery & collection in Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Chillington, Loddiswell and surrounding villages..
Parkland Caravan & Camping Site Kingsbridge
Town: Kingsbridge
Parkland Caravan & Camping Site Kingsbridge - AA five gold pennant touring camping and glamping site, located in the heart of South Hams. Adults only - No Dogs -...
Gara Rock Restaurant
Category: Restaurants
Village: East Portlemouth
Town: Salcombe
Perched on a clifftop surrounded by countryside, sea views, maybe a sheep or two and nothing else... your coastal retreat in rural Devon across from Salcombe awaits. ...
The Ring Feeder Cafe
Category: Cafes & Deli's
Town: Modbury
Farm Shop and Cafe serving homemade food and drink. Locally sourced produce, unique location.
The Queens Arms - Slapton
Category: Pubs, Clubs & Bars
Village: Slapton
Town: Kingsbridge
The Queens Arms is a friendly and thriving free house situated in the heart of the picturesque South Devon village of Slapton, that can be enjoyed by anyone who...