Saltash Town Council
The Guildhall, Lower Fore Street, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6JX
Tel: 01752 844846


Saltash - Cornwall’s 1st Place

Saltash is situated on the west bank of the River Tamar, which meanders through the Tamar Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its position on the border of Devon and Cornwall offers a first class base to explore both counties with a wide choice of transportation and accommodation options.

Saltash is home of the spectacular Royal Albert Bridge - designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1859, this stunning bridge is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area. One of the greatest bridges in the world, it is unique in design, unequalled in engineering and graceful in appearance. Best views can be obtained from the pedestrian walkway of the Tamar Road Bridge (free access).The Road Bridge itself is worth a visit, being the first suspension bridge in the world to be both widened and strengthened whilst remaining open to traffic.

Saltash is a thriving town with a lively shopping centre offering excellent facilities, with independent shops selling unusual gifts and souvenirs. There are also pubs, restaurants and cafes and general retail shops for all your holiday needs.

The Waterside area of the town offers a choice of local refreshment and entertainment, including, three riverside pubs, and a community centre offering teas and icecreams. The Waterside offers an ideal opportunity to rest awhile and enjoy fabulous views of the Royal Albert Bridge, Tamar Road Bridge and the beautiful Tamar Estuary. Here you will also find the 15th Century home of Mary Newman - 1st wife of Sir Francis Drake. From the small pier you can take a ferry to the historic Plymouth Barbican or take a leisurely cruise on the River Tamar. Free parking and free boat launching facilities are available - it makes an ideal base for divers who wish to dive the Scylla or boaters who want to explore the many inlets and estuaries of Devon and Cornwall.

If you are feeling energetic Saltash has its own Leisure Centre with swimming pools and fitness suites, and the China Fleet Club offers golf or beauty treatments in a superb location over looking the Tamar Valley.

There’s something for everyone at Cornwall’s 1st Place


Saltash has easy access to other areas of Cornwall and Devon, from the sandy beaches of Whitsand Bay to the dramatic scenery of both Bodmin Moor (Cornwall) and Dartmoor (Devon), a walker’s paradise.

Nearby are the picturesque fishing villages of Looe and Polperro, and the vibrant city of Plymouth with its shopping centres, theatres and cinemas.

Visit the Barbican and see the Mayflower steps where the Pilgrim Fathers left on their epic journey to America, the famous Plymouth Hoe where Drake played bowls or visit the historic properties of the National Trust, Cotehele, Saltram, Antony House and the former home of Sir Francis Drake, Buckland Abbey.

For the children there is plenty of choice from the Monkey Sanctuary near Looe, Plymouth National Marine Aquarium, the Pavilions ice skating and swimming or horse riding along the lanes and beaches to name but a few. Transport links are such that you can easily venture further down into Cornwall for day visits to St Ives, Truro, Newquay or Falmouth.

There’s something for everyone at Cornwall’s 1st Place!


… By Road

Easy and quick. Just 40 miles from Exeter along the Devon Expressway (the continuation of the M5) you cross the Tamar Bridge, the gateway to South East Cornwall. The A38 continues westwards, providing swift access to most parts of the region. You could be parking your car an hour after passing Exeter!

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… By Rail

The main Plymouth – Penzance line provides regular services to Saltash. Regular rail services operate to the rest of Cornwall and to Plymouth (Devon)

For National Rail Enquiries:
call 08457 48 49 50.

Trains from Birmingham, Bristol, Northern England and Scotland.

First Great Western 08457 00 01 25
from London (Paddington) and South Wales.

Rail tickets may also be booked via the Internet on

... By Cross Channel Ferry

There are regular all-year-round ferry car ferry services to Plymouth from Roscoff (Brittany) and Santander (Spain). When you arrive at the port it’s just a quick 15 minute drive through Plymouth, over the spectacular Tamar Road Bridge and you’ve arrived.

Brittany Ferries 0870 536 0360

… By Coach

National Express operates express coach services to Plymouth from departure points all over Britain, including airports. These include a regular service from London Victoria and Heathrow Airport. Call 08705 80 80 80

There’s something for everyone at Cornwall’s 1st Place

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