Bideford, North Devon
2018 - Durrant House - 5 Days (AUD0116/117)
Bideford is an attractive town on the west bank of the River Torridge, where the river begins to widen to form the estuary. The old road has a lovely old bridge crossing the Torridge linking the town of Bideford to its neighbouring village East the Water. It’s easy to see why Bideford is so popular as the narrow streets cascade from its historic Pannier Market towards the quayside. Charles Kingsley’s description of Bideford as “The Little White Town, which slopes upward from its broad river tide” paints a picturesque 150 year old image of the town that has not changed much to the present day
But Bideford is now definitely in the 21st century with its recently enhanced quay area. Excellent shopping, a variety of restaurants, and lively pubs & themed bars line the beautiful view. Then there are the theme parks like The Big Sheep & Atlantis Adventure which adds up to make Bideford a great place to stay in or visit. You could enjoy a stroll around the town exploring the narrow streets on Bideford’s heritage trail and visit the coloured shops along the way. Buy some local fudge, arts & crafts and fresh produce. Or for those of you who enjoy some present-day retail therapy, you could pay a visit to the Atlantic Village Shopping Outlet. Here you can buy the latest designer clothing, sportswear, household goods and much more.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Durrant House Hotel, Bideford
The Durrant House Hotel boasts of being the largest and most well equipped luxury hotel in Bideford and certainly offers a warm welcome, along with high standards of comfort and cuisine. Hotel facilities include the Olive Tree Restaurant, Appledore Bar, lounges, Wi-Fi, R&R Spa, sauna, solarium and seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guests also benefit from superb views across North Devon’s Taw Estuary.
After joining the coach, we head towards our destination that will have coffee/lunch stops along the way. We expect to arrive at our hotel late afternoon.
Days 2 - 4
Traditional English breakfast followed by free time and included excursions. Dinner and entertainment at the hotel.
After breakfast we make our way home. After stopping for a coffee/lunch break, we continue homewards. "
As the social centre of North Devon, Barnstaple always has lots to do; whether it’s meeting friends for dinner and a night out, taking in a show at the Queen’s Theatre, or browsing the appealing mix of big brand shops and traditional family businesses along the High Street. Barnstaple’s historic Pannier Market plays host to a range of events – from regular markets to showcases of delicious local produce and incredible street food. The family focused town offers a number of local museums including the Barnstaple Heritage Centre, play cafes and an ever-popular park.
Boscastle, Port Isaac & Padstow
Boscastle National Trust harbour nestles in a scenic rocky inlet on the dramatic north coast of Cornwall. To really appreciate the beauty of Boscastle, take a short walk in any one of four directions, all of which allow you a different perspective on this striking harbour and its coastline. You will have ample time to explore! The name Port Isaac is derived from Port Izzyck, and is said to mean ‘corn port’. It has always been a prosperous fishing port, the main catch being pilchards. Boat building was also a thriving industry with two boat yards. During the twentieth century the pilchard shoals declined and Port Isaac’s way of life began to change. Its isolation became the attraction to an ‘upwardly mobile society’ and 70% of the old village has been bought by second home owners. It has also attracted the film and TV industry and become a major tourist stop in north Cornwall yet it remains a charming example of a north Cornish fishing village. Finally today, Padstow is a charming working fishing port surrounded by glorious sandy beaches, at the head of the Camel River. Watching the everyday ebb and flow of harbour life is a perfect way to spend a day. This foodie destination with popular eateries such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, is the start and end point for the Camel Cycle Trail and a good base for water sports.
- Reserved coach travel throughout
- 4 nights' dinner, bed & breakfast
- Regular evening entertainment
- Excursions to Barnstaple, Boscastle, Port Isaac & Padstow
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Bristol Aztec West
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
- Cardiff West
- Port Talbot
- Swansea Central
- Swansea West
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms are available in the booking process.
First 4 Single Rooms without supplement, thereafter £15pppn.Back to top