Enjoy three journeys of yesteryear. One of Britain’s last horse drawn barges, Seaton’s electric tram through unspoilt countryside and a heritage railway ride.
3* Best Western Tiverton
The Best Western Tiverton Hotel is looking forward to offering you a traditional West Country welcome. Expect warm smiles, genuine service and high standards of hospitality to meet the needs of the modern business and leisure guest. The hotels facilities also include free WiFi, popular bar, Gallery Restaurant and outside catering.
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Tiverton Barge Canal
Home to one of the last horse drawn barges in Great Britain. A few miles from the hotel base situated on the banks of the beautiful Grand Western Canal this is truly a unique living heritage tourist attraction. Being one of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in the UK, a trip on the "Tivertonian" offers a truly unique and memorable experience of yesteryear for you to enjoy. This beautiful wide beam, 75-seater horse-drawn Barge is the fastest Way to Slow Down! You will enjoy a 2½ hr return where the barge travels for one hour to East Manley, turns around and then moors up, allowing you the opportunity to take a short walk to see the aqueduct (designed by Brunel's team of railway engineers), or talk to the horse as he rests for a while under the shade of a tree. During your special journey, you will hear memorable tales, anecdotes and historical facts about the horse-drawn barge and the Grand Western Canal. There is often two minutes silence, where the peace and tranquillity of travelling by horse-drawn barge can be fully appreciated.
The horse-drawn barge has easy access and is carpeted throughout with upholstered seating and modern flush toilet.. There is a fully licensed bar and shop on the barge serving real ales, draught beers, wines and old fashioned soft drinks. There is also a gift shop to look around on the day.
Seaton Electric Trams
Enjoy a ride on the original Electric trams in Seaton which offers a journey taking in three miles of unspoilt countryside as you travel back in time through the beautiful Axe Valley. Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in glorious East Devon. You will travel alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life. The coastal resort of Seaton is now a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst the historic town of Colyton is described as "Devon's Most Rebellious Town" for its part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685. You will travel in the original electric trams along the route where holidaymakers in their thousands would connect with the trains arriving from London and transport them into the Coastal Town. The Garden Room at Colyton Station is a great place to enjoy the Tramstop Café delight, here you can enjoy a Devon Cream tea (Extra cost), before returning to Seaton to enjoy free time in this beautiful Devon coastal town. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to meander through the town, take in the quaint shops, take a walk on the beach or enjoy the delights that Seaton has to offer.
West Country Steam Railway from Bishops Lidyeard to Minehead (One-way trip)
Travel into nearby Somerset to Bishops Lidyeard to join England's longest Heritage railway where you will travel 20 miles down to Minehead on the railway, a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway which is 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 surrounding countryside is as varied as it is beautiful. The gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales, confident Church Towers, Dunster's imposing Castle and Minehead's seaside charm are all waiting to be discovered. There are toilets on each train. Disabled persons accessible toilets are available at Bishops Lydeard, Crowcombe Heathfield, Stogumber Watchet and Minehead stations. There is a buffet car on the train selling a variety of light refreshments many which are locally produced. Upon arrival at Minehead it is enjoy half a day to explore the seaside town. Minehead is a superb destination, it is considered the Northern Gateway to Exmoor and is the area's largest town. Ideally situated to explore the stunning scenery of Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, Minehead is the starting point of the South West Coast Path National Trail, the nation's longest long-distance countryside walking trail. The Town offers a long flat sandy beach, The promenade with its cafés, bars and shops and spectacular views across to North Hill. Then after a great day exploring return by coach back to Tiverton for your evening meal.
After breakfast we leave and begin our homeward journey.Br
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