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Modbury is a heritage market town nestled in the heart of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within close proximity to the coast, countryside and also the Dartmoor National Park, it’s the perfect bolthole from which to explore all the region has to offer. The town itself is peppered with characterful cottages, and boasts flourishing independent shops, sumptuous tea rooms and a selection of thriving pubs. Modbury has a traditional feel to it which is underpinned by a strong sense of community that anchors the town. Renowned for its ‘heart and spirit’ that closely resembles that of a tight knit village, it comes as no surprise that Modbury is regarded as one of South Devon’s gems. Find out more about this popular South Devon town in our comprehensive guide to Modbury.
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As a traditional rural market town, it comes as no surprise that the pubs in Modbury are very much active, and as you would expect, they are well supported by the local residents. Whether you’re after a pint and pickled egg at the bar, or instead a foodie experience dominated by artisan ales and gastro food, Modbury has it covered. There are three pubs in Modbury to choose from…
Recently reopened, The White Hart is a contemporary gastro-pub with a great reputation for serving high-quality food at reasonable prices. From fresh seafood to your favourite pub-classic, expect to tuck into delicious homemade and locally sourced produce. Children are welcome and high chairs can be provided, and it’s dog-friendly too, making it the perfect spot for all the family to enjoy!
The Exeter Inn is a cosy 14th century pub and has everything you’d hope to find inside – uneven wooden beams, a roaring fire in the winter and a resident cat to keep you company. The pub enjoys a regular live music scene, so be sure to stay up to date with their entertainment (and also food / drink events) on The Exeter Inn’s Facebook page.
The Modbury Inn is just a short walk from the high street, and is a family-friendly pub, that pride themselves on their warm welcome. Well equipped for all, and both child and dog-friendly, there is also a separate restaurant area, a well sized beer garden – perfect for sunny days and warm evenings, a pool table and a dart’s board in the bar – what’s more, they provide free wifi and newspapers for customers! For those with food intolerances and allergies, the friendly staff are always on hand to help cater for a variety of dietary requirements.
Cool Beans Coffee Bar opened in 2020, located adjacent to the small stay car park. This inviting eatery is light and bright and serves a selection of tasty cakes, refreshing soft drinks and light bites. They also have a coffee shop in Kingsbridge too, so make sure to pop in and get a hot drink when passing by!
The Old Bakery is located at the lower end of the high street, and also features a second hand shop called ‘Shop at the Top’ within the vicinity. So, you can enjoy a tempting slice of cake and a coffee before enjoying a spot of shopping. You can usually find many designer pieces in the store, so you can expect to find a special bargain in the store.
Modbury is a walker’s wonderland, and enjoys a selection of waymarked walking routes from the town that cover a variety of distances that tread footpaths, bridleways and green lanes. Because Modbury is situated in a typical South Devon valley, do expect some hills to climb, however, you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the countryside reaching as far as Dartmoor! The Visit Midbury website is a great place to find the finer details of Modbury walks, so be sure to check it out to plan your adventure. At Coast & Country Cottages, we love exploring Erme Wood, which isn’t too far from Modbury, and is part of the Dartmoor National Park.
For those eager to explore the surrounding area, South Devon boasts miles of spectacular coastline, woodland trails, riverside rambles and rolling countryside, so you really are spoilt for choice. To help navigate the area, we’ve created a comprehensive walking guide – for more inspiration and information of where to find the best walks in South Devon, download our walking guide.
Boasting a wealth of secluded coves, shingle bays and large sandy expanses, it’s no secret that South Devon is a beach lover’s paradise, and best of all, Modbury is perfectly situated for those keen on exploring the coastline. Mothecombe and Wonwell Beach, Bigbury-on-Sea, Burgh Island and Bantham Beach are just a few of the popular destinations amongst both locals and visitors, all of which are just a short distance away by car. A little further afield, the shingle shores of Start Bay offer a different experience entirely, as do the sandy bays of Salcombe. At Coast & Country Cottages we love the beach, so be sure to read through our beach related blog posts for more inspiration.
Whilst Modbury is one of the smallest towns in the region, it’s the perfect bolthole from which to explore all that South Devon has to offer and certainly packs a punch with regard to things to do nearby. Geographically, the town is nestled within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is within close proximity to the coast, estuaries and the Dartmoor National Park, and as such, provides a bounty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts on both water and land – spend your time walking, cycling, surfing, sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, the list is endless! There are a range of popular attractions nearby, from world class golf courses to luxury spa experiences and popular theme parks, with the bustling harbour towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe are both just a short drive away. Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City is just a 25 minute drive away, providing access to a wealth of restaurants and shops, not forgetting the National Marine Aquarium which is well worth a visit. For more inspiration on how to spend your time, download our comprehensive guide on Things to do in South Devon.
Modbury’s annual fair is always a popular event, featuring a host of activities and live entertainment followed by a big final parade. Details for the 2021 Modbury May Fair are yet to be confirmed, however we will keep you updated!
Modbury is proud of its bustling high street and is home to a cluster of independent shops, delicatessen, antique shops, post office, pharmacy and of course, a hardware store! Modbury ticks all the traditional high street boxes whilst retaining its traditional market feel. Some of our favourite Modbury shops include…
Love contemporary fine art? Brownston Gallery is located in the heart of Modbury representing multiple established and emerging artists. Find out more about the artists and current exhibitions on the Brownston Gallery website.
Pickles is a hardware and homeware shop that’s popular in the area for stocking every homeware essential you could need, as well as a selection of kids toys and family games. So, if you forget your favourite family board game or pack of cards, pop to Pickles for a game to play with your loved ones on holiday.
Ringrose is an emporium of fluffy teddies, small jewellery gifts, candles, cards and local artworks. Although small, this popular shop boasts all you need for the perfect gift, or as a holiday treat for yourself.
Dupère Design is an interior design shop where you can find unique décor pieces, from small homeware gifts to feature items for the home. Not just a shop, Dupère Design also offers a full interior design service, so if you have a holiday home in the area that you’re looking to make updates to, or you’re looking for a homeware gift for a loved one, pop in to Dupère Design when visiting Modbury.
For the creative in all of us, Fifth Sense is a lovely shop to visit for eclectic crafts, as well as furnishings, gifts and clothing. Walk into this store and your inner magpie will be tempted to explore all that Fifth Sense has to offer.
Looking to cook a storm in your Modbury holiday cottage? Head to Mackgills Delicatessen for a great selection of wines, cheeses and all-time deli favourites. With a variety of local groceries to choose from, taste the best of the South West whilst holidaying in Modbury.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good old rummage for a special antique. Head to Wild Goose Antiques opposite Mackgills Delicatessen to hunt for a unique piece.
A qualified, experienced and award winning florist, Claire Kenyon Floral Designs ooze creativity and have a natural eye for detail. Providing bespoke and artisan floral designs, the breadth of her work includes (but is not limited to!) weddings, corporate events, bespoke bouquets and funerals.
The rural market town of Modbury is found nestled between South Devon’s sandy beaches and the wild expanse of Dartmoor, and is surrounded by designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those reaching Modbury by car, sat nav users can enter the postcode PL21 0QJ for Poundwell Meadow Car Park, which is situated in the centre of the town.
There is a council-run long stay car park close to the town centre with around 80 spaces and an adjacent, smaller short-stay car park. You’ll find this on Poundwell Street (PL21 0QJ) just off Church Street (Modbury’s main high street). There is also plenty of unrestricted on-road parking, although these spaces can fill up quickly, especially during the busier summer months. More details can be found on the South Hams District Council website.
Explore our Modbury holiday cottages to find your perfect South Devon retreat. From country escapes to couples retreats and family-friendly holiday homes, we have a range of properties to choose from, all of which are within easy reach of coastal towns, spectacular beaches, the Dartmoor National Park and the Ocean City of Plymouth.