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Devon Explorer - Trails Through the West Country

Devon Explorer - Trails Through the West Country

Discover Devon's nostalgic trails through the West Country staying at Best Western Tiverton Hotel with excursions to West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Downes House, Exeter Cathedral, Fleet Air Museum and much more

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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.


Look What’s Included:


  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Club Class Extra Legroom Coach

  • 4 nights half board

  • Outlined excursions

  • 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.


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:


  • En Suite Bedrooms 

  • TV 

  • Hospitality Tray 

  • Hairdryer 

  • Restaurant

  • Bar


Duration, Departure Dates & Price


5 Day Tour

Mon 6 – Fri 10 May 2019 - £529


Tour Departs: 7.30am

Returns By: 4.30pm




Single Room: £90

Holiday Insurance: £26

Discounts available for (NT) National Trust Members



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


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Henley in Arden Depot Park & Ride, Johnsons Depot
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