Our tour of South Devon takes in some of its oldest and most historic attractions along the coast. Taste the delights of Plymouth Gin Distillery and find your sea-legs on a pretty Harbour Cruise. We also enjoy a gentle and scenic steam train journey. Image: South Devon Railway credit Roy Smallpage
Detailed Overview

Price Includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3-course choice menu at dinner

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Entrance to Morwellham Quay

  • Entrance to Buckland Abbey

  • Plymouth Harbour Cruise

  • Entrance to Mayflower Museum

  • Plymouth Gin Distillery Tour

  • Journey on the South Devon Steam Railway

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout


Image: South Devon Railway credit Roy Smallpage

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We depart from home and head west to our hotel, where we are welcomed with tea and coffee. We'll relax and unwid before dinner.

Day 2

Morwellham Quay & Buckland Abbey
We step back in time this morning as, after breakfast, we visit the award-winning Morwellham Quay, part of a World Heritage Site. Here, we visit the only open copper mine in the UK, accessible to visitors by a riverside railway. Next, we head to pretty Tavistock for lunch, before we continue on to Buckland Abbey. Part-house, part-museum, it is crammed with treasures and surrounded by meadows with magnificent views of the Tavy Valley. We'll return to our hotel for dinner this evening.

Day 3

Plymouth Boat Trips, Mayflower Museum & Plymouth Gin Black Friars Distillery
We head to Plymouth this morning, from where we enjoy a harbour cruise across the Plymouth Sound. Find your sea-legs as we pass Plymouth Hoe and Drake's Island, on course to the Royal Naval Dockyard. Here, we pay a visit to the Mayflower Museum and explore the story of the voyage of the Pilgrims and their journey aboard the Mayflower to the New World.

In the afternoon, we enjoy a guided tour and tasting at the historic Plymouth Gin Distillery, the oldest working gin distillery in England. Housed in the Black Friar's building, it dates back to the early 1400s. Its location near the docks meant that, for almost two hundred years, no Royal Navy ship left port without it. And of course, no tour is complete without a little tipple afterwards - cheers! Back at the hotel, dinner is served.

Day 4

South Devon Steam Railway
Today, we enjoy a return journey on the South Devon Railway from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, along the stunning River Dart valley. In the afternoon, we have a scenic drive across spectacular Dartmoor. We'll return to the hotel in time to relax before dinner.

Day 5

We depart after breakfast and make our way back home.

Other Information

Hotel

3* Duke Of Cornwall Hotel

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel is a defining figure in Plymouth’s past and its present. A landmark hotel built in 1863, the Duke has endured at the heart of this maritime city for over a century and a half since. Surviving two World Wars and radical changes in its surrounding environment, the hotel stands as a strong and steadfast connection to days gone by. Its splendid Victorian gothic architecture drew admiration then – and makes even more of a statement in the contemporary cityscape.

• Lift • Stylish en-suite bathroom • Soft towels, flannels and complimentary toiletries • Hot drink-making facilities, with complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits • Flat screen TV with a wide range of Freeview TV and radio channels • Telephone • Iron and ironing board are available on request • Hairdryer • Alarm clock • Restaurant • Lounge • Bar • Free Wi-Fi •

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