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Devon Rail & Sail

Tiverton Canal Company

4* Tiverton Hotel: Hestercombe Gardens, Sheppy's House of Cider, Knightshayes, Horse Drawn Canal Cruise, West Somerset Railway, Dunster & Sidmouth

Devon Rail & Sail


We stay at the 4* Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton. Visit Hestercombe gardens with 50 acres of stunning gardens feature lakes, temples, cascades, formal terraces, vivid colours and magnificent views. We enjoy a tutored tasting at Sheppy's House of Cyder, visit the National Trusts Knightshayes, enjoy a cruise in a horse drawn barge along Tiverton Canal and have a day at leisure in the Regency resort of Sidmouth.




Monday 13 September 2021

6 Days

£595per person sharing a twin/double room

£50 single supplement

National Trust Member Discount £12

Home pick up/set down from £25 per person

Front seat supplement £15 for the duration of the tour


Price includes:

All coach travel


5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Hestercome Gardens Guided Tour

Sheppy's House of Cider Guided Tour

Tiverton Horse Drawn Barge Canal Cruise

West Somerset Railway Ride





Mon 13 September

Departing the local area we make our way to Tiverton with a lunch break on route. We arrive at the 3* Best Western Tiverton Hotel mid-afternoon with a Devon cream tea on arrival there is plenty of time to settle in before dinner. The hotel is situated within its own grounds just outside the centre of the market town of Tiverton on the doorstep of both the Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks.

D, C

Tue 14 September

This morning, we head for the beautiful world of Hestercombe Gardens, where we enjoy a guided tour. Designed over three centuries, the 50 acres of stunning gardens feature lakes, temples, cascades, formal terraces, vivid colours and magnificent views. This afternoon we make our way to Sheppy’s House of Cider, home of one of the oldest premium craft making cider families in the world. We enjoy a 30 minute tutored tasting of some of the award-winning ciders followed by a traditional cream tea.

D, B, C

Wed 15 September

This morning we discover Knightshayes (NT) with acres of glorious garden and park, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman's dream. The house is a rare example of the work of William Burges, whose lavish designs have always inspired extremes of opinion. Full of quirks and curiosities, it is a house of many faces. After lunch we enjoy a peaceful horse-drawn barge cruise along the scenic Grand Western Canal. As we cruise serenely along the water in our fully equipped, traditionally painted barge, we learn about the barge, the beautiful heavy horses and the riverside wildlife.

D, B

Thu 16 September

This morning, we travel to Bishops Lydeard for a journey on the UK’s longest heritage railway, the West Somerset Railway. After a visit to the Gauge Museum on Platform 1, we embark on a relaxing one way journey through stunning countryside to Minehead. We have free time to enjoy lunch in Minehead before we travel to the unique medieval village of Dunster, which has over 200 listed buildings. We spend the afternoon here to meander, or maybe make the walk up to the Castle (National Trust admission applies). We take a scenic coach tour through the delightful Exmoor National Park as we travel back to the hotel in time for dinner.

D, B

Fri 17 September

Today we visit the stylish Regency resort of Sidmouth situated on the Jurassic Coast, England's first natural World Heritage Site. "A town caught still in a timeless charm" - that was the Sidmouth that captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, and Sidmouth still captivates today.

D, B

Sat 18 September

Departing after a leisurely breakfast we travel home with a lunch stop on route arriving back early evening.


D=Dinner, B=Breakfast, C=Cream Tea

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Name Address Contact Details
Baldock Market Place N/S BALDOCK Bus Shelter, Bus Stop next to Comm Centre
Bishops Sford Interchange BISHOPS STORTFORD Interchange
Station Road Bus Stops
Buntingford The Crown PH BUNTINGFORD The Crown PH Bus Stop
Cambridge Trumpington P&R TRUMPINGTON Park and Ride
Centre Lane Coach Bays 5-7
Great Shelford S GT SHELFORD Ldn Rd/Station Rd Bus Stop Southbound
Harlow Bus Stn Stop 14 HARLOW Bus Station Stop 14
HERTFORD - Tesco Stop 12 HERTFORD - Mill Road Tesco Bus Stop 12
Hitchin S HITCHIN St Mary's Square. Opposite Car Park
HODDESDON - Clock Tower HODDESDON - Clock Tower - Amwell St Bus Stop B
Letchworth Station Rd S LETCHWORTH Bus Stop, Station Road next to Arcade
Newport Stn Rd Bus Stop S NEWPORT ESSEX High St - Bus Stop before Station Rd
Near R & R Saggers shop
Royston Bus Station ROYSTON Bus Station
Saffron Walden High St S SAFFRON WALDEN High St Bus Stop By Goddards Elect
Sawbridgeworth White L. S SAWBRIDGEWORTH White Lion Bus Stop
Bus Stop outside Budgens before White Lion
Sawston War Memorial S SAWSTON Next to War Memorial Bus Stop
South Mimms South Mimms Services, Coach Bays
Stansted Mountfit Har S STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET Three Colts/Hargrave Cls
Bus Stop (BP Petrol Station)
Stevenage Danestrete K STEVENAGE Matalan Excursions Bus Stop K
WARE - Station Rd WARE - Station Road Bus Stop F

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