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Welcome to Kingsbridge and South Devon...
The Information Centre will be operating remotely until October. You can contact us by email on [email protected] or by calling 01548 853 195 but the centre will remain closed.
The South Hams is delighted to be able to welcome visitors again from the 4th July. If you are visiting the area it is important to consider the following:
- When planning your trip, check that important facilities – like toilets and car parks – are open, before you travel so you’re not caught short.
- If you have an attraction in mind, please check online to see if you need to pre-book a time slot.
- Some places may be extremely popular, so get off the beaten track and discover a hidden gem that you can brag to friends about.
- Keep two metres apart from anyone outside your household (or one metre, from the 4th July) – this not only applies to walking, but running, cycling, sitting and sunbathing too.
- Wear your face covering at all times when on public transport like buses, trains, taxis and minicabs.
- Make sure you have a bank card; many outlets are currently only accepting cashless payments – and you don’t want to miss out on that ice cream!
- Take hand sanitiser with you – you don’t know where will be open for you to wash your hands.
- Leave the car behind where possible and visit nearby attractions by walking or cycling.
- The RNLI's lifeguards can't be everywhere this summer. If you're heading to the coast #BeBeachSafe: check the weather and tides, keep an eye on your family and don't use inflatables. In an emergency call 999 for the Coastguard.
Kingsbridge has an eclectic selection of independant shops and a whole host of intriguing antique shops, art galleries, and gift shops to explore. Cafes, pubs and restaurants line the town, serving the best local produce, including local craft beers, ales, cider, and even wine and gin. With a three screen cinema, yoga studio and leisure centre with swimming pool there are plenty of opportunities to stay active and entertained.
Known as a great walking town, you can explore the South West Coast Path and the South Devon AONB from Kingsbridge, and enjoy wonderful countryside views across the region. There are hundreds of walks to chose from across the local area. Explore the town via passages such as Squeezebelly Alley and discover not only Kingsbridge’s history but hidden treasures such as mosaics, a community garden and miniature railway.
No matter what time of year you visit Kingsbridge there are plenty of local events to choose from. Some of the highlights include the Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival, Kingsbridge Fair Week in July, the Kingsbridge Show in September, and Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas in December. With windows filled with posters for clubs and events, there’s always something going on in Kingsbridge whether it be the Farmers Market, art workshops, or concerts.
The town takes its name from an ancient bridge built to link two royal estates – Alvington and Chillington, and by 1219 was a market town. By the 18th Century milling was a major source of revenue for the town, and throughout the 19th Century Kingsbridge had an active coastal shipping trade, with thriving shipbuilding and tanning industries.
The Kingsbridge Information Centre sits conveniently on the Town Square, accessible and award-winning, their aim is to make everyone feel like a local. Happy to recommend places to eat and things to do, the Information Centre stocks maps, walks, souvenirs and gifts. They also sell tickets to local events and cards by local artists. Pop in for some advice on the perfect way to spend your time in Kingsbridge and South Devon.