top of page

Our Top Ten Ways to Relax and Enjoy Ashburton

There is so much to do and see in Ashburton and the surrounding area - here is a short taste of some of our favourite ways to unwind and enjoy what we have here...

Spa Pool at the Ilsington Country House Hotel
Spa Pool at the Ilsington Country House Hotel


Pick up some treats from the delis and shops and enjoy a picnic on the grassy slopes next to Ashburton’s outdoor swimming pool after a refreshing swim.


Take a tour of Ashburton’s bars and traditional pubs and don’t miss out the Jaded Palates where you can sample the best local gins before you buy.


Follow the unique Antiques Trail to visit Ashburton’s range of amazing antique shops. Allow plenty of time for stories with Tom on St. Lawrence lane, or climbing stairs and exploring hidden treasure troves in the bigger antique shops


Visit any one of Ashburton’s many cafes, restaurants or pubs for fantastic food and drink. Rafiki’s or Coljan for all-day brunch, The Silent Whistle for pizzas, Taylors for a cream tea, Cafe Latino for coffee. Rust & The Wolf, Number 14, The Old Library and all of the pubs have outdoor space for catching some precious English sunshine.


Take the kids to play pooh sticks at the bridge near the recreation ground, through the arch next to Rafiki’s Cafe on West Street where you can pick up an oat turmeric latte on the way.


Stock up with goodies from Dartmoor Butchers, East Street Kitchen, Ashburton Deli, or Ella’s Artisan Bakery and take a picnic up onto the Terraces for a birds-eye view of the town or onto Dartmoor. For more walks visit Ashburton Information Centre.


Take a stroll along the lovely Bullivers Way footpath along, the old railway line and behind Rendells auction house. Then nip in for a peek at what fascinating objects are coming up for auction. For more walks around the area, visit Ashburton Information Centre.


Check what’s on at Ashburton Arts Centre on West Street, enjoy amazing gigs, workshops, cinema screenings, shows and community events and much, much more.


Head to the recreation ground to hone your skateboarding skills at our amazing skate park.


Be pampered. Book a relaxing massage, rest your weary feet with some reflexology or feel fabulous with a new hairdo! There are many health and beauty treatments to choose from at The Haven Health Clinic, Heathman Hair or Blush Hair & Beauty.



bottom of page