The quaint shops that line Kingsbridge’s cobblestone streets and twisting lanes are various. If you are visiting the town, browsing them is a must.
Local, Independent Shops
There is a range of great independently owned shops in Kingsbridge boasting a selection of souvenirs and antiques. Whether you’re looking for something special to bring home to your family or simply browsing beautiful pieces, the town has plenty to offer.
The benefits of shopping locally are numerous. Not only are you supporting the community, but independent shops also have a fabulous range of unique gifts and items that you wouldn’t usually be able to find on the high street or online. It is a win-win!
If you are staying in one of our self-cateringKingsbridge holiday cottages, you will also be able to conveniently buy local produce on Fore Street. With a greengrocer, butchers, and bakery just minutes from each other, this coastal town can fully equip you with all that you might need during your stay.
The Kingsbridge Information Centre, located in the town square has great information about Kingsbridge and how to make the most of your time visiting. We advise paying the information centre a visit when you first arrive in the town as they have a brilliant selection of books and maps available to help you create an excellent itinerary. The locals who run the centre are also very knowledgeable about the area, so don’t be afraid to ask for their recommendations.
If you are on the hunt for something for the home, Kingsbridge has some stunning galleries to browse. Mayne Gallery on Fore Street showcases outstanding works of art from both local and international artists. The gallery also regularly holds events and exhibitions, so be sure to check out what’s on before visiting. Just north of Kingsbridge in Loddiswell, you will find Red Propeller Gallery, which showcases contemporary art from the very best emerging artists.
Kingsbridge Antiques Centre is another must-visit during your trip. Located near the Quay, it is the perfect place to start exploring the history of Kingsbridge and South Devon. With over five rooms of antiques, this 18th-century listed emporium is truly fascinating.
Markets and Events
Held on the first and third Saturday of each month, the morning Farmers’ Market is the best place to experience some local South Devon fare. On Thursdays, you can also find a small market on the Town Square with stalls offering clothing, plants and food amongst other delights.
There are also plenty of markets to visit in the surrounding South Hams area. Dartmouth farmers market is held on the second Saturday of each month from 9:30-3:30 pm and has a wide range of local, artisan goods and produce to choose from. Indulge in Dartmoor honey and freshly made cakes and bread. A little further afield and you will find Brixham fish market, England’s largest fish market in terms of the value of fish sold. With over 40 different types of fish and seafood to choose from, from scallops to squid, you can spend hours chatting with friendly sellers and fishermen. Your dinner will be unbeatably fresh.
Taking a Break
Once you are tired of shopping (if there even is such a thing), you can indulge in a coffee and freshly made bake from one of Kingsbridge’s wonderful little cafes. Alternatively, wander down to the Quay and sit with an ice cream overlooking the water. After a busy morning of retail therapy, watching the boats drift by is the best way to whittle away your afternoon.