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Historic Devon In The Festive Season

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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8434

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

NT Festive 2018

PRICE FROM ? £429 per person
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Itinerary

Description

The beautiful coastline of the English Riviera is the setting for our festive break to Devon. From our base in the lovely resort of Torquay, we explore historic houses with their fascinating stories and discover Devon’s regional capital of Exeter and its glorious Cathedral – one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country.

Self Drive

Excursion One – Killerton & Torquay

Home to the Acland family until 1944, Killerton is a fine 18th-century house surrounded by a glorious landscape garden and parkland. Here we find out more about the history of the house and its vast 6,400 estate as well as the captivating story of how Sir Richard Acland’s strong political beliefs led him to give up the family home and inheritance to the National Trust. Killerton also boasts the largest fashion collection cared for by the National Trust, with over 20,000 pieces of clothing, accessories and objects. Each year the house is decorated with a different festive theme featuring eye-catching displays.

We return to Torquay where there is time to explore at leisure in the afternoon. The town, with its sweeping horseshoe-shaped bay, has a busy harbour, pretty marina, pier and promenade as well as a good selection of shops. The Royal Terrace Gardens offer amazing sea views across the bay.

 

Excursion Two – Knightshayes & Torre Abbey

We start the day at Knightshayes, one of England’s finest Victorian Gothic Revival mansions by eccentric designer William Burges. Full of quirks and curiosities, the mansion boasts intricate carvings and impressive ceilings plus a ‘medieval’ Great Hall with minstrels’ gallery and has a rich and varied history. The house will also be decorated in all its festive splendour.


 

We continue on to Torre Abbey which was founded in 1196 as a monastery for Premonstratensian canons. With its fine gatehouse, guest hall, abbot’s tower and remarkable undercrofts, the Abbey is the best preserved example of a medieval monastery in Devon and Cornwall and we learn more on our guided tour. It also has one of the five most complete early medieval tithe barns in England. This historic building has been brought to life with a clever mix of authentic artefacts with hi-tech interpretation; from talking portraits and statues to interactive displays and one of the largest fine art collections in the South West.

 

Excursion Three – Exeter Cathedral & Royal Albert Memorial Museum

We head to Exeter, Devon’s regional capital, where we visit Exeter Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country. It is most famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings and the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. We have time to explore the cathedral with audio guides*, discovering its history in more detail and learning the stories of the people who have lived and worshipped here over the centuries.

Later, we visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, housed in a lovely Victorian building, where 15 galleries of displays take visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day, from Exeter all around the world, while two special exhibition spaces show a changing programme of shows and collections.

 

*Please note the audio guided tour of Exeter Cathedral is subject to availability.

The order of excursions is subject to change.

Coach

Excursion One – Killerton & Torquay

Home to the Acland family until 1944, Killerton is a fine 18th-century house surrounded by a glorious landscape garden and parkland. Here we find out more about the history of the house and its vast 6,400 estate as well as the captivating story of how Sir Richard Acland’s strong political beliefs led him to give up the family home and inheritance to the National Trust. Killerton also boasts the largest fashion collection cared for by the National Trust, with over 20,000 pieces of clothing, accessories and objects. Each year the house is decorated with a different festive theme featuring eye-catching displays.

We return to Torquay where there is time to explore at leisure in the afternoon. The town, with its sweeping horseshoe-shaped bay, has a busy harbour, pretty marina, pier and promenade as well as a good selection of shops. The Royal Terrace Gardens offer amazing sea views across the bay.

 

Excursion Two – Knightshayes & Torre Abbey

We start the day at Knightshayes, one of England’s finest Victorian Gothic Revival mansions by eccentric designer William Burges. Full of quirks and curiosities, the mansion boasts intricate carvings and impressive ceilings plus a ‘medieval’ Great Hall with minstrels’ gallery and has a rich and varied history. The house will also be decorated in all its festive splendour.


 

We continue on to Torre Abbey which was founded in 1196 as a monastery for Premonstratensian canons. With its fine gatehouse, guest hall, abbot’s tower and remarkable undercrofts, the Abbey is the best preserved example of a medieval monastery in Devon and Cornwall and we learn more on our guided tour. It also has one of the five most complete early medieval tithe barns in England. This historic building has been brought to life with a clever mix of authentic artefacts with hi-tech interpretation; from talking portraits and statues to interactive displays and one of the largest fine art collections in the South West.

 

Excursion Three – Exeter Cathedral & Royal Albert Memorial Museum

We head to Exeter, Devon’s regional capital, where we visit Exeter Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country. It is most famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings and the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. We have time to explore the cathedral with audio guides*, discovering its history in more detail and learning the stories of the people who have lived and worshipped here over the centuries.

Later, we visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, housed in a lovely Victorian building, where 15 galleries of displays take visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day, from Exeter all around the world, while two special exhibition spaces show a changing programme of shows and collections.

 

*Please note the audio guided tour of Exeter Cathedral is subject to availability.

The order of excursions is subject to change.

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Headland Hotel, Torquay
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Killerton, Knightshayes, Torre Abbey, Exeter Cathedral & Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  • Guided tour of Torre Abbey
  • Audio guided tour of Exeter Cathedral (subject to availability)
  • Free time in Torquay
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Headland Hotel, Torquay
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Killerton, Knightshayes, Torre Abbey, Exeter Cathedral & Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  • Guided tour of Torre Abbey
  • Audio guided tour of Exeter Cathedral (subject to availability)
  • Free time in Torquay
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Coach Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Headland Hotel, Torquay
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Killerton, Knightshayes, Torre Abbey, Exeter Cathedral & Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  • Guided tour of Torre Abbey
  • Audio guided tour of Exeter Cathedral (subject to availability)
  • Free time in Torquay
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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