The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
With the Grand Western Canal on the doorstep, if you are walking, cycling, kayaking or just in the area, this is a good place to stop off for a break. There's a kid's play area and pool table for your entertainment.
The Globe Inn
HUGE portions, and most of the food was very tasty. The furnishings and interior could be improved though, and the garden wasn't attractive.
Dunster Beach enjoys beautiful views of Blue Anchor Bay and out towards the Bristol Channel. A mixture of sand and pebbles, the beach is overlooked by the West Somerset Railway Line and is easily accessible via the South West Coast Path. There are also lots of parking options, with car parks and separate parking close by. With dogs only restricted from certain parts of the beach, Dunster's flat sands, gentle gradient and lovely scenery make it a lovely spot to breathe in the fresh air and go for a walk.
For visitors to Tiverton, this walk should be on your "to do" list. The Grand Western Canal meanders through the country park and adjoining local nature reserve for eleven and a quarter miles. Its a lovely, peaceful place and for the more energetic, you can hire bikes, boats or go fishing here. Take a look at their Website for further information.
Tiverton is set on the Exe and Lowman rivers in a circular layout, now jealously guarded by the planners. Best known for John Heathcoat who set up his 19th Century textile factory with a few wool frames after escaping the luddites in Loughborough, the industry prospered and he built nearby Knighthayes Court as his mansion - now open to visitors with the National Trust. Tiverton Castle is in the centre of the town.
Nice town with all the required services. Pannier market with different wares each day.
Historic market town with some very interesting buildings - venerable Tiverton Castle, magnificent St. Peter`s Church, three medieval almshouses, Old Blundells, Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, baroque St. George`s Church. A great base for a holiday as such easy motoring access to Dartmoor, Exmoor, North and South coast beaches, Exeter. Good restaurants in the town, and excellent pubs in local villages.
A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.
Free parking and walk for dog
We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.
One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!
The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.
One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.
Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.
Good National Trust property
Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.
Take a tour of this 200-year-old spinning mill and see yarn being produced on spinning frames and power looms. There is also a restaurant, picnic areas and a shop selling goods manufactured at the mill.
We visited this on a 'steam-up' day which I recommend. It would be interesting at any time as there will be few Victorian-era factories with so much of the original machinery still in place. However seeing and hearing all the machines clacking away, feeling the heat of the massive boiler and seeing (and smelling) the massive steam engines moving overhead really brings the tough lives of Victorian factory workers into close relief. Steam engine buffs will be in heaven but plenty for history enthusiasts. What wasn't explained was why anyone would choose to wear puttees instead of socks... Be aware that it does get really busy on steam up days so get there early.
A refurbished Grade II Listed historic coaching inn where families and dogs are welcome and free internet access is available.
Great Food - reasonably priced
We visited this pub twice during our stay at Snaffles Lodge. Both times we ate from the new summer menu. All the food was very good and well presented. We had for starters the scallops, the octopus and the duck - all yummy. And mains we went for the steak, the veggie noodles, the chicken Caesar salad , the Parmesan chicken and not forgetting the fish and chips. All were just perfect, if this is a temporary menu whist they attract new owners, then I can’t wait to go back and try the full one later. Highly recommended
Originally built for Henry I, this castle encompasses 900 years of history. Worth a visit to see the romantic ruins and beautiful walled gardens and you can book a stay through Classic Cottages as there are several cottages and apartments available. Tours can be booked in advance, with limited availability.
You can even stay here through Classic Cottages!
A really nice place for children to visit, very hands on. Visitors can try on Civil War armour, see the medieval loos, learn about the 900 years of history, the ghosts, secret passages; beautiful garden. Very moderate admission prices, and excellent value for money. Free visitor parking inside.
A family run pub and restaurant which offers local ales and ciders to compliment the locally sourced menu.
Excellent food and service
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