Okehampton, which is both a town and a civil parish, is located in the area of West Devon in England, in the Devon county. Okehampton is located in the northern part of the Dartmoor area near the Okement river. Okehampton has about 6,000 people living in it, which makes it big enough to have all the amenities you and your family might be interested in, while visiting the town on your vacation, or while on a business vacation, but the number of residents makes this town ideal for people who still want to relax during their vacation, away from all the hubbub of the city.
When Okehampton started it mostly existed on the local wool trade, that was around during the medieval era. Due to the wool trade Okehampton grew and expanded over the years, and includes various buildings of historical significance. Those buildings include such buildings as the chapel of St. James, that was constructed during the 15th Century. Another point of interest you might want to visit during your vacation in Okehampton, is the Okehampton Castle, which is currently in ruins, but has still plenty of still standing parts, that allow you to see how the building looked in its past. The Okehampton Castle is a tall and big castle that is located in a green hill that overlooks over a forest, and serves as a great place to walk around or have a picnic in with your friends and family.
The Okehampton Castle was built around the 11th Century, and is mentioned in the Domesday book, which was completed back in 1086. The castle used to be under the rule of the Sheriff of Devon, Baldwin de Brionne, but exchanged hands over the years. Bit parts of the remaining castle was made during the 14th Century, or renovated in the 14th Century.
Another point of interest in Okehampton, which you might want to visit while touring the town, is the local Roman fort that is located near Okehampton. You can also enjoy the local activities Okehampton has to offer, which include a visit to the local museum - the Museum of Dartmoor Life.
Okehampton is easily reachable via car or bus, so you don't have to worry about parking and transportation - to and around the town. Okehampton is connected to several major roads, such as the A30 which bypasses the town and allows visitors to reach nearby cities and towns.
There is also a railway network that allows you to reach places such as Plymouth and Tavistock, as well as many others, which means you will be able to visit as many places as possible during your vacation, in as little time as possible.
Also while visiting Okehampton you might want to visit the various local villages and towns that surround the area, such as the Folly Gate village. The local villages offer a quieter atmosphere and a more relaxed form of activity and attractions, that fit both families and individuals, with kids or without.