Living in Modbury

If you are thinking of a move to Modbury, our specific area information will help you learn more about this pretty Georgian town between moor and sea. Lying in a hollow and surrounded by rolling hills and ridges, Modbury is an attractive base for exploring the South Hams.

Whether you are looking to buy or rent in Modbury, we're here to help you. Marchand Petit Estate Agents Modbury office is located on the high street, the main route to Plymouth.

Attractions / Things to do in the area

Visiting this Georgian town offers you a choice of high quality shops from antiques to hand crafted gifts.  Pick up gourmet ingredients from the fabulous delicatessen or original artwork from the inspiring art gallery.

Dartmoor National Park, one of ‘Britain’s Breathing Spaces’ covers an area of 368 square miles, making it one of the largest and wildest areas of open country in Southern England, but after a visit you will realise it is much more than that.

Experience the relaxed atmosphere of The Oyster Shack, Bigbury, defined by its simple yet effective Mediterranean décor and outdoor all weather eating area. Whether enjoying a plate of local oysters or freshly caught fish, you will appreciate the unique surrounding, sitting inside or out.

Saltram House, a largely undiscovered treasure, is the perfect day out. The National Trust house with its original contents gives a fascinating glimpse into a country estate from another time. Close to Plymouth but set apart in its own extensive parkland, it’s just a drive up the road from Modbury. 

About the area & History

Modbury, a small pretty town (population approximately 1500) existing since Saxon times and mentioned in the Doomsday Book, takes its name from the Saxon for “meeting place” (Moot Burgh).  Modbury is a thriving community between moor and sea, lying in a hollow and surrounded by rolling hills and ridges, making an attractive base for exploring the South Hams. The stunning sandy beach of Bigbury-On-Sea is just 3 miles to the south, where a trip on the sea tractor takes you over to Burgh Island and resident art deco Burgh Island Hotel. Modbury is an architectural delight with dignified terraced town houses, slate-hung walls, quaint shop windows and classical doorways, a historical urban landscape within a charming rural setting.

The edge of Dartmoor is only 5 miles to the north, with its dramatic open spaces, rock formations know as torrs, and breathtaking and rugged landscape.


Schooling - Ivybridge Community College is one of very few schools that has had six consecutive Outstanding Ofsted reports over the last 20 years. In 2010 the College converted to an Academy.

Challenge Partners - In order to maintain the outstanding standards and continually challenge themselves, the College has joined a group of schools called ‘Challenge Partners’, which provides the opportunity for schools from across the country to work together.

During the Spring Term 2012 a group of four senior leaders and a HMI Ofsted Inspector spent two days at the College observing lessons just before February half term, meeting with a variety of middle and senior leaders and most importantly talking to students to evaluate whether or not the College still met the high benchmark of the new Ofsted criteria for Outstanding. Therefore the College is delighted to confirm that this is still the case, Ivybridge Community College is still outstanding in all areas.  

There has been a school in Modbury since 1853, and Modbury Primary School is very proud to continue the tradition of caring for and educating the children of the area, with a vision of a 'School Family' that inspires all learners to achieve and to be the 'best they can be' in an inclusive learning community that celebrates the achievements of all. The Primary School aims to provide a safe and structured environment, where children's eagerness to learn is encouraged and where the unique personality of each child is valued.

Transport information

Modbury is situated on the A379 with excellent links to Plymouth and Kingsbridge.


The population of Modbury Parish is around 1,500 according to the 2001 census.