Kingsbridge – the ‘capital’ of the South Hams
Situated at the head of the Kingsbridge-Salcombe estuary, the ancient market town was first established as a centre for trade in 1219 when the monks of Buckfast Abbey were granted permission by their Abbot to sell their produce on the quayside. Today, it is a delightful working town boasting a good selection of specialist shops, restaurants and cafés. The focal point of this thriving estuary town is the Quay, which hosts numerous events from farmers markets to music festivals and the illuminated Kingsbridge Extravaganza at the end of November. Get a Town Trail leaflet from the Tourist Information and find more about its hidden treasures - the granite pillared walkway known as shambles, for example, Kingsbridge’s hidden passages, or the parish church which features a clock with one blank face. Marvel at old farm machinery, a complete Victorian apothecary’s shop, farm kitchen and much more at the Cookworthy Museum on Fore Street. Depending on the tides and weather, you can travel to Salcombe by ferry. Kingsbridge also boasts a modern Leisure Centre and swimming pool.