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The ancient market town of Kingsbridge, sometimes known as the capital of the South Hams, stands at the head of the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary and is just a short drive away from Hope Cove. The estuary features many shallow creeks. Boat trips and boat hire are popular and there is good fishing in the area.

With its medieval origins and intriguing lanes and cobbled passages, this vibrant town is always worth exploring. Kingsbridge established itself as a centre for trade and commerce in the 13th century when the Abbot of nearby Buckfast Abbey granted permission for his monks to set up an open-air market on the quay to sell their fruit, vegetables, honey and thick cream. The quay today offers a farmers' market on the first Saturday of each month and 2 or 3 general markets each week along with regular craft and flea markets in the town hall.

Kingsbridge has a varied selection of old buildings, specialist and individual shops, cafes, restaurants, bistros and pubs which are open all year. Not forgetting the sports centre with indoor heated swimming pool and bowls rink, a cinema and nightclub. The town always seems to be a hub of activity with the Music Fest in June, Fair Week in July, and the Extravaganza in November being some of the many events held in the town.

For culture enthusiasts there are Art galleries, Museum and exhibitions; craft markets; open air theatre and shows; live music – open air concerts on the band stand in the Town Square; every Sunday form June until September, choral concerts, barbershop, folk and popular artists in many of the pubs. At the top of the main road, "Fore Street", is the oldest part of the town, including a medieval Shambles, an old market hall raised on granite pillars dating from Elizabethan times, St Edmund's Church dating from the 13/15th century, a town hall with a three-faced clock and a museum housed in an old grammar school.

Attractions for all the family can be found locally - including outdoor adventure parks with fair and wet weather facilities, farm attractions, riding, swimming, sailing, sail-boarding, golf, tennis, cycling, National Trust properties, fishing, boat hire, power-boating plus many more. Golf courses, National Trust properties and gardens, museums and excellent walks are all within easy reach.