North Devon Delights
AU5AEWJoin us on this wonderful trip to North Devon. We stay in the popular maritime town of Bideford in the heart of North Devon. Making the wonderful Durrant House Hotel our base, we will have plenty of time to explore the town itself as well as offering included excursions.
The beautiful North Devon coast is renowned for its unique character and spectacular scenery and you can spend time exploring Barnstaple and Ilfracombe, plus an Exmoor explorer tour over the moors to Lynmouth. A visit to historic and utterly unique Clovelly is a treat not to be missed!
Back at the hotel we will enjoy dinner each evening with entertainment on some nights.
An ideal choice for:
* Lovers of the beauty of North Devon
* Anyone looking for a wonderful, bargain break with as little or much to do as you wish
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 1Join your coach this morning, and head towards the wonderful North Devon coast and our lovely resort of Bideford for our 4-night stay. On arrival at the Durrant House Hotel there is time to settle in, perhaps relax with a drink in the bar or take a brisk stroll, before you enjoy our first delicious dinner.
Day 2-4Your comfortable hotel on the outskirts of Bideford allows you to make the most of your free time to explore its beautiful location on the north Devon coast.
This historic harbour town is packed with independent, quirky shops, local produce and the picturesque quay, which draws visitors during every season. Bideford was once Britain’s third largest port and while it still has maritime connections, these days, it is more widely known as being a thriving shopping centre with a historic Pannier Market. There are also traditional pubs, restaurants and cafés where you could treat yourself to a delicious Devon Cream tea!
You can spend all of your time in Bideford or join our included excursions. Whatever you do, just make sure you leave room for your delicious evening meals, which are followed by great entertainment on some evenings.
We'll take a leisurely coach drive to nearby Barnstaple on the Taw Estuary, the oldest borough in the UK and which locals lay claim to be the best ‘blooming’ town in the world and many times winner of ‘Britain in Bloom’. Enjoy the delightful parks and gardens and visit Green Lanes, North Devon’s premier shopping centre or the nearby covered Victorian Pannier Market and famous “Butchers Row”. We will also include a visit to the picturesque and historic harbour seaside resort of Ilfracombe. Admire the beautiful gardens or enjoy a potter around the pretty quayside.
Enjoy a scenic trip across Exmoor National Park with its inspiring landscape before reaching the picturesque resort of Lynmouth where we have time to explore the narrow streets and harbour. Maybe take the olde-worlde cliff railway offering wonderful views across the bay before it reaches the twin village of Lynton above.
Finally, enjoy a fascinating visit to the unique and historic town of Clovelly which is steeped in royal history.
Day 5After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to the Durrant House Hotel. After stopping for a coffee/lunch break, relax as you continue homewards.
ExmoorA unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce. On Exmoor it is still possible to find tranquillity and peace as well as rediscover your sense of adventure; to catch a glimpse of wild red deer, be amazed by dark skies full of stars, and explore villages full of character.
LynmouthINCLUDED Visitor DestinationThe picturesque village of Lynmouth on the northern edge of Exmoor provides an escape from modern living with its rows of charming fishing cottages and shops that cluster around the pretty harbour of gently bobbing boats. Lynmouth straddles the confluence of the West Lyn and East Lyn rivers, in a gorge 700 feet below the village of Lynton, to which it is connected by the cliff railway, the highest and steepest fully water powered Victorian railway in the world. Lynmouth is at sea level with a small harbour and Rhenish Tower dominating the harbour wall. The High Street is pedestrian-only with some fascinating shops to enjoy. The Exmoor National Park Visitor Centre is next to the cliff railway and has interactive displays, lots of information and a small theatre showing videos of Exmoor.
BarnstapleINCLUDED Visitor DestinationBarnstaple, one of the UK’s oldest boroughs, is the main town in North Devon with plenty of things to see and do. The Pannier Market has been the host of markets for over 1,000 years and has been standing since the 1800s. It plays host to a range of events – from regular markets to showcases of delicious local produce and incredible street food. The Pannier Market is flanked by Butcher’s Row, a terrace of ten shops under an iron roof, which historically was the location of a number of butchers. These days, there are a host of interesting independent shops. You can browse the appealing mix of big brand shops and traditional family businesses along the High Street. Find out more about the region’s history at The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, the collections and displays cover the natural and human history, including the Pre-History of North Devon, the Tarka Gallery and the Regimental Collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry. Just next to the library in the town centre, you’ll find the remains of Barnstaple Castle, this former Motte and Baily Castle was a main feature of the town during Norman times. You can reward yourself for finding the castle with the incredible views of the Taw Valley from the top.
IlfracombeINCLUDED Visitor DestinationIlfracombe is known as the the jewel in the North Devon Coast and nestles around a harbour as old and as beautiful as any in Britain with the breathtaking scenery of North Devon as a backdrop. Commonly known as a harbour town and seaside resort, Ilfracombe is enclosed by massive slate cliffs. Its beautiful Victorian style and unspoilt charm takes you back in time. Discover the quaint quayside, whitewashed villas, lovely beaches and coastal paths.
The picturesque, ancient, fishing village of Clovelly is uniquely special and was once owned by the Queen of England. From Elizabethan days until today, Clovelly has been in private ownership, which has helped preserve its original atmosphere.
Clinging to a 400 foot cliff, it has no vehicular traffic, just donkeys and sledges. Its steep, cobbled street tumbles its way down to the ancient fishing harbour and C14th quay. It is a descent through flower-strewn cottages broken only by little passageways and winding lanes that lead off to offer the prospect of further picturesque
- 4 nights hotel with English breakfast and evening meals
- Entertainment some evenings
- Free time to explore Bideford
- Visit to Barnstaple
- Visit to Ilfracombe
- Excursion across Exmoor National Park to Lynmouth
- Time to explore Clovelly
- Direct Coach Travel
- Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
Durrant House Hotel BidefordBoasting 125 comfortable bedrooms, a fine dining restaurant and a luxury salon and spa on-site, the 3-star Durrant House Hotel has everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Situated on the outskirts of the historical old port of Bideford, with views over the Torridge Estuary and beyond to the sandy beaches of Instow, it is approximately 20 minutes leisurely walk into the town centre though there is a bus stop outside the hotel with a regular service into town. The hotel is perfectly located to explore the beautiful rugged coastline, sandy beaches and rolling countryside of North Devon. As expected from a quality hotel in Devon, the hotel provides a full range of facilities and activities. Enjoy the outdoor pool, heated throughout July to September. In the winter months, warm yourself in the sauna. The hotel also boasts a Health & Beauty Spa. All bedrooms have en-suite Italian marble bathrooms, with tea & coffee making facilities, clock radio, hairdryer, TV, iron & ironing board. The hotel is equipped with a lift to the 1st and 2nd floors. There are no rooms directly at ground level however they do have an upper ground floor with 5 steps to access. The hotel provides entertainment on some evenings.
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