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Devon Explorer

Devon Explorer

Mon 30 Apr 2018: Escorted holiday to Devon & West Country Trails with Johnsons Coaches for 5 Days

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This popular tour features two fantastic yet completely different heritage excursions – a relaxing afternoon canal cruise and a heritage train ride to the seaside. Nostalgia is the theme throughout this tour which includes a visit to one of the regions lesser known stately homes and a visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton.


Your Holiday Includes:


Door to Door Service

Our own courier service

Club Class Extra Legroom Coach

4 nights half board

Train ride on the West Somerset Railway

Entrance to Downes House & audio guided tour of Exeter Cathedral

Horse-drawn canal cruise on the Grand Western Canal

Entrance to the Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton

Entrance to Knightshayes (NT)


Not included: All lunches


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We make our way to Bishops Lydeard where we join the West Somerset Railway, the longest heritage railway in the UK, taking a scenic trip to Minehead. Free time in this popular Somerset Coastal resort before rejoining our coach for the drive south to Tiverton.


We drive to Crediton, visiting Downes House, family home of the Parker family since 1692 and the country estate of the famous Victorian British Army General, Sir Redvers Buller VC. Still privately occupied and loved by its owners, some 300 years after it was first built. It is hoped that visitors will appreciate the opportunity to share this special place. In the afternoon we continue to Exeter, where we include an audio guided tour of the impressive cathedral.


After a leisurely breakfast we have chance to explore Tiverton and obtain lunch before this afternoon's delightful Horse-drawn canal cruise. We glide gently along the Grand Western Canal to East Manley where the boat moors and you have chance to stretch your legs and admire the horse as he rests before the return sail. Refreshments are available on board to add to your enjoyment of a peaceful and tranquil afternoon.


We visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton to discover the largest collection of naval aircraft in Europe. Inside the museum you can go on-board Concorde and enjoy a simulated helicopter flight to the 'Flight Deck' of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal.


On our route home we visit Knightshayes (NT) - a Victorian 'gothic revival' country house with richly decorated interiors, set in acres of glorious gardens - This is a country estate on a grand scale!

Your Hotel


3* Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

This modern hotel is located in a pleasant suburban area just outside the market town of Tiverton, set in 2 acres of grounds. Restaurant. Bar.


Mobility Grade: 3 – Location and hotel reasonably level. A few isolated steps within the building. There is no lift but the hotel does have plenty of ground floor rooms.


Hotel Facilities:


  • Restaurant

  • Bar

  • En Suite Bedrooms 

  • TV 

  • Hospitality Tray 

  • Hairdryer 

  • Lift


Duration, Departure Dates & Price

5 Day Tour


Mon 30 Apr – Fri 4 May 2018 - £519

Tour Departs 7.30am

Returns By 4.00pm






  • Single Room: £88

  • Holiday Insurance: £24.50

  • Discounts available for (NT) National Trust Members (IPT included)


Deposit: £75 per person for all coach holidays in Britain and Europe.

£250 per person for all air and cruise holidays.


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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Ashchurch for Tewkesbury Ashchurch for Tewkesbury Train Station
Just off the A46, Junction 9 M5, Towards Evesham
Henley Feeder Meet Point Liveridge House - Feeder Meeting Point
Joining main coach at Depot
Henley-in-Arden Park&Ride Park & Ride at Johnsons Depot
Liveridge House, Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden

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