Devon's Hidden Gems 8 Days - Imperial Hotel
Ilfracombe nestles around a harbour as old and as beautiful as any in Britain with the breathtaking scenery of North Devon as a backdrop. For the energetic there are splendid walks along the Coastal Path, the famous Torrs walks or swimming from the Tunnel beaches and coves. For those who like to take things a bit easier, one can simply stroll through the delightful gardens or while away an hour or two watching the ever-changing harbour scene. A boat trip is a "must" during your stay to see the spectacular cliffs of North Devon or visit the legendary Isle of Lundy. There is also plenty to do in the evenings with theatre, concerts, and cinema, as well as the entertainment provided at our hotel.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Full Day - Bideford & Hartland Abbey
This historic port town is situated on the estuary of the River Torridge./nSir Richard Grenville, who founded many of Elizabeth I's overseas colonies, is commemorated in the parish church./nThe arched bridge is one of the longest medieval bridges in England./nEntrance included in tour cost. Hartland Abbey is the longest surviving pre-reformation monastery building in the UK, dating from the 1100s./nOf great national interest is the architecture and decoration from the Medieval, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods./nHome to 50 acres of grounds, including the beautiful 18th century Walled and Woodland gardens./n
Day 3 - Day at Leisure
Day 4 - Day at Leisure
Day 5 - Full Day - Minehead, Lynton & Lynmouth
Minehead, once a port on the Bristol Channel, now has a flat promenade housing cafés, bars and shops as well as offering access to the beach./nSt. Michael’s Church, built around the 14th to 15th century, can be found on the lower slopes of North Hill./nBlenheim Gardens, Minehead’s largest park, opened in 1925 and remains a popular attraction./nThese twin towns are situated on the North Devon coast./nLynton & Lynmouth's water-operated cliff railway offers spectacular views. (Fees apply. May not be suitable for wheelchair users)/nLynmouth, the smaller of the two towns, became more well known when it was "discovered" by the poet Shelley and his bride Mary (who later wrote the novel, Frankenstein)./n
Day 6 - Full Day - Barnstaple & Quince Honey Farm
This ancient market town lies on the River Taw./nBarnstaple’s Pannier Market dates back to Saxon times. /nSt. Anne’s Chapel sits in a pedestrianised precinct in the centre of Barnstaple./nWhether you’re interested in bee keeping or just here for the honey Quince Honey farm has something to offer everyone. /nBe guided through the honey process from hive to jar, find out about the secret life of bees or simply indulge in the honey tasting experience./n
Day 7 - Day at Leisure
Day 8 - Return Travel
Situated in one of the best positions in Ilfracombe, The Imperial Hotel is overlooking the gardens and splendid Landmark Theatre and Conference Centre. Close to the shops and only a short almost level walk from the harbour. There are 100 rooms, each with central heating and a bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, intercom, hair dryer and TV with radio channels. There is also a TV lounge, attractive cosy bar and lounge area. Dance floor where entertainment is provided most evenings. Lift to all floors although the majority of rooms are three stairs above the lift floor levels.