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Best Western Tiverton| Half-Board | 3 days | 25/09/2015 | Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the famous West Somerset Railway as it meanders through glorious Somerset countryside and coast. Full of discovery and excitement, our holiday allows us to enjoy a horse drawn cruise through the Devonshire countryside on the Great Western Canal. Enjoy a lovely cream tea, whilst lazily watching the fascinating sights pass by. We discover Knightshayes, a country estate on a grand gothic scale, and finish off with a visit to pretty Dunster. Things to do: Visit Wells Cathedral and Dunster Castle! Enjoy two minutes of silence on your horse drawn barge to appreciate the sound of nature. Interesting facts: The Tivertonian is one of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in the UK. There are acres of glorious gardens and parkland, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house in Knightshayes.


Best Western Tiverton Hotel *** The Best Western Tiverton Hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful Exe River Valley, and is located close to the centre of the historic market town of Tiverton. This modern yet traditional 3 star hotel is set in 2 acres of its own grounds, offering a traditional West Country Welcome. Privately owned, each of the en-suite bedrooms is traditionally decorated with a TV, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The hotel has no lift, but there are plenty of ground floor rooms available on request. Public facilities include a restaurant and bar lounge. The Gallery Restaurant specialises in traditional local produce in a relaxing ambience. Hotel Options Board Basis: Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner) Extra Drinks: N/A Themes: N/Ary estate on a grand gothic scale, and finish off with a visit to pretty Dunster.


Knightshayes Court and Tiverton Horse Drawn Barge: This morning, we visit one of England’s finest Victorian Gothic houses by eccentric designer William Burges. The garden is a delight to explore with over 1,200 plant species unique to Knightshayes. Having received our personalised welcome, we are free to discover the 30 acres of woodland gardens, along with a fully productive kitchen garden and a fascinating Gothic Revival mansion. Early this afternoon, we return to Tiverton for our trip to experience the last horse-drawn barges in the UK. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this truly unique and memorable experience on the Grand Western and Tiverton Canal. A cream tea is served during the journey. The West Somerset Railway and Dunster: Full of fascination, whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage, which the line preserves. The historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the buildings of ten unique stations are linked by twenty miles of beautiful scenery. Your coach can drive ahead and meet you at Dunster station for the transfer to the medieval village of Dunster, which is overlooked by the 1,000 year old Dunster Castle (National Trust). Here, there is a wide selection of shops and places to eat including the Yarn Market hotel which will open its restaurant especially for you, for lunch, by prior arrangement. Return home later in the afternoon


  • Day 1: After joining our coach, we head towards Wells travelling via Cheddar Gorge. We have an hour or so in historic Wells before continuing on to our hotel with a stop along the way. We expect to arrive at our hotel later this afternoon, in good time to prepare for dinner this evening.
  • Day 2: Breakfast. At leisure with an included excursion to Knightshayes Court. Return to Tiverton for our horse drawn barge cruise. Dinner this evening.
  • Day 3: Breakfast. Depart our hotel for the West Somerset Railway, followed by some free time in beautiful Dunster. We continue homewards arriving later today.


  • Coach travel throughout
  • Reserved seating throughout your break
  • Two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast
  • All bedrooms with en-suite facilities
  • Included excursions as shown in INCLUSIVE PACKAGES
  • Horse drawn barge cruise
  • Cream Tea
  • Admission to Knightshayes Court
  • Rise on the West Somerset Railway

Important Notes

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Hotel: N/A Itinerary available on request OUR PRICES Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing; Single room supplements apply: £40 for 3 days. For the latest prices and offers visit us in store, online or call our travel experts. HOLIDAYS INCLUDE Return coach travel; hotel accommodation; entertainment as described; meals and drinks as selected; excursions and inclusions as stated in the itinerary.


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