North Devon - Coast & Crystal & Cliff Railway - 2021
2021 - Durrant House Hotel - 5 Days (CU5AEA)
Great hotel with spa facilities & entertainment in the gorgeous harbour town of Bideford!
Includes a tour of Dartington Crystal, a ride on the Lynton Cliff railway AND Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet
Join us on this great holiday to the historic harbour town of Bideford, packed with independent shops, local produce and a fabulous riverside quay. This lovely town boasts the best in pubs, music and restaurants to satisfy every palate. Visit the historic Pannier Market or wander through the traffic free lanes, and you’ll find Bideford is the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy. The lanes are lined with quirky little shops packed with all manner of interesting items, and when it’s time for a break you can stop at one of the many pavement cafes for a coffee and a pastry.
We'll also take you on excursions to Ilfracombe along with a ride on the Lynton Cliff Railway, a guided tour of Clovelly, a tour of Dartington Crystal, and there will be a chance to shop in Barnstaple and Affinity Devon.
Your base for this tour will be the lovely Durrant House Hotel which benefits from stunning views over the Taw Estuary and is a great base from which to explore the town and surrounding area. The hotel has its own pool and spa facilities, which are available to you at an additional price, and will also lay on some great entertainment for you every evening!
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 from one of our convenient local pick-up points, we head for Devon with convenient coffee/lunch stops along the way. We expect to arrive in Bideford and our hotel, the Durrant House, in the late afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink then unpack, unwind and maybe take a stroll by the river and then get ready for the first of your delicious dinners.
Days 2 - 4
Enjoy tasty traditional English breakfasts every day along with free time to explore Bideford on your own and enjoy this delightful hotel. Join us for our INCLUDED excursions to Ilfracombe, Lynton, Clovelly, Dartington Crystal, Barnstaple and Affinity Devon. Return to the Durrant House every evening for dinner and great in-house live entertainment
After a final hearty breakfast, we make our way home. After stopping for a coffee/lunch break, we continue homewards.
Ilfracombe & Lynton Cliff Railway
This seaside town is home to renowned artist Damien Hirst’s famous 20m high sculpture, Verity, and a collection of local galleries featuring a mix of local and international artists. For creative entertainment, check out the programme at Ilfracombe’s Landmark Theatre, ranging from vintage festivals to internationally acclaimed music, drama and comedies. Ilfracombe’s reputation as the culinary and cultural centre of North Devon has been steadily growing for the past few years, with people now calling it the new St. Ives. This picturesque harbour town is also steeped in maritime history and remains one of the key working fishing ports in North Devon, reflected in the local menus. Try the restaurants on ‘foodie’ Fore Street and around the harbour with menus featuring seasonal, local produce.
Travelling through Exmoor we visit Lynton and Lynmouth, both lying on the northern edge of the West Country Peninsula in an area of incomparable beauty. Set amongst the spectacular scenery of an area known as England’s Little Switzerland is Lynton, a small Victorian town with a selection of shops, tea-rooms and cafés. Lynmouth is a pretty harbour nestling beneath the cliffs. It is a quiet retreat where you can wander between the quaint fishing cottages that line the narrow street down towards the quay and the distinctive Rhenish Tower. The cliff funicular between the two villages is extra and payable locally.
Clovelly with guided tour & Dartington Crystal
Clovelly is a world famous and working fishing village with a history dating back almost 1000 years. The small and unique village has a sloping cobbled path down to the harbour and beach, so steep that residents use sleds and donkeys to pull their shopping up and down! There is a longer route available to take by car to the harbour, famous for being used as a filming location due to its unchanged appearance for over a hundred years. On a guided tour of the village, you can learn about the villages history and traditions.
The story of Dartington Crystal, its designs and landmark events are features in a series of fascinating exhibitions featuring products and images from over 50 years, housed at its custom-built Visitor Centre. Marvel at the continuous flow of a special fountain tower made with Dartington Crystal champagne saucers and if you're lucky you might get to watch the Master Engraver Nick Davey demonstrate his talent as he free-hand engraves detailed images onto prestige pieces to create crystal works of art. Having learnt a little of its glass making story in the Visitor Centre you can enter the factory to see “up-close” how molten glass is transformed into items of beauty and function. The viewing areas and overhead walkways let you safely watch the skilled glass making both at ground level and from above. All the processes are explained with information boards and displays allowing you to pass through the factory at your own pace.
Barnstaple & Affinity Devon Shopping
As the social centre of North Devon, Barnstaple always has lots to do 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 attractions including the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, play cafes and an ever-popular park.
Affinity Devon is North Devon’s unique outlet shopping village. With over 30 stores offering up to 50% off rrp every day including Nike and GAP you’ll find a huge choice of famous name brands at incredible discounts and you’ll be sure to pick up a bargain. There is a fantastic range of branded men’s, ladies’ and children’s fashion, footwear and accessories on offer. For outdoor and sport lovers there are lots of bargains to choose from in surf, sport, walking and snow apparel. Spot a real deal on camping equipment and outdoor accessories and bag a fantastic outlet offer on gifts, books, jewellery, homewares and cookware, luggage and bags. And for that special treat, chocolate and confectionery to vitamins healthy snacks and feel good foods – you’ll find something for all the family at amazingly low prices, making this attractive covered mall a haven for bargain lovers.
- Reserved Coach travel throughout
- 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
- Entertainment nightly
- Excursion to Ilfracombe, Lynton and Barnstaple
- Guided tour of Clovelly
- Tour of Dartington Crystal
- Visit to Affinity Devon Outlet Shopping Centre
This tour picks up at the following points:
- 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 and prices are available in the booking process.
Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. Please make sure that you also read our Important Holiday Information & Enhanced Hygiene Protocols which we update from time to time.
We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please get in touch with us.
Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps too. Sometimes, the order of excursions can change when you are on tour. We will try not to change things, but want to make you aware that this can happen.
COVID-19 PEACE OF MIND & TRAVELLING SAFELY
It is important that you familiarise yourself with our Enhanced Hygiene Protocols booklet as this will give you a clearer picture of what to expect when you travel, what we are doing to keep you safe, and what you can do to protect yourself and those around. These Protocols are updated from time to time, so please re-check just before you travel.
Please remember that you will also need to keep up-to-date with latest government advice and requirements.