Holsworthy Square
St Peter & St Paul Church Holsworthy
Holsworthy North West Devon

Holsworthy Visitors Guide


Situated in unspolit North West Devon, close to the Cornish Border, Holsworthy offers the Devon visitor a quiet town in which to stay, surrounded by quaint Devon villages and hamlets yet is only a short drive to the coast.

Holsworthy Guide

Holsworthy, a little market town which has occupied its hilltop site since Saxon times is situated in North West Devon, and is just a few miles from the Cornish border. Its location makes it ideal for those wishing to explore the Countys of both Devon & Cornwall. Never far from the coast or countryside, and just 40 miles from both Plymouth and Exeter Holsworthy really makes a superb base from which to explore all that Devon has to offer.

Holsworthy is largely unspolit, retaining a lot of its original charm and character. It is a historic market Town and is mentioned in the Domesday book. Markets are still held weekly, infact, Holsworthy boasts one of the largest cattle markets in the South West, the market is still held in the same location as it was in the early 1900's. Market day is on a Wednesday, in the towns square there is an out door pannier market, here you can mingle with local farmers and families who come to town each Wednesday to sell their products as they have done for many generations. The cattle market which is a short walk from the town square provides a fascinating insight to the way of life in this rural town.

Holsworthy caters well for its inhabitants and visitors, it has a good range of shops including a supermarket, a doctors surgery, swimming pool, parks, golf course & fishing nearby, Tarka cycle trail, a choice of pubs and restaurants all offering freshly cooked local produce and a museum to name but a few.  Coles Mill riding stables in Holsworthy cater for holidaymakers who would like to explore the county from horseback, offering rides out through the country lanes of the surrounding villages and hamlets, or perhaps the children would enjoy a lesson or pony day.

Holsworthy is home to the lovely church of St Peter and St Paul, which is thought to date back to 1130.

For car enthusiasts, a vintage car rally is held in Holsworthy every June, and "The Holsworthy & Stratton Show" usually held every August draws crowds from far and wide - this is an agricultural show and you will be able to see all breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, watch showjumping, see close up a range of agricultural machinery, speak with skilled craftsmen such at thatchers & blacksmiths, there are rides for the children, local produce to sample and purchase, plus much much more!

The townsfolk of Holsworthy look forward each year to "St Peters Fair" which is held every July. The local school children even get a day off school to attend!  The fair lasts for one week, during which the ancient tradition of presenting the "Pretty Maid" to the public at 12 noon at the west door of the Church takes place. The maid must be under 30, live in Holsworthy and is chosen as being the most deserving and handsome and noted for her quietness and attendance at Church. Her identity is kept as a closely guarded secret until she emerges through the doorway, this ceremony dates back to 1841.

Holsworthy Visitor Information Centre
Holsworthy Memorial Hall
Manor Car Park
EX22 6DJ

Tel/Fax: 01409 254185

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015