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Railways of Somerset and the Devon Coast

Rolling country meadows and glistening blue sea go hand in hand to create a holiday of dreams for any heritage rail enthusiasts. Keeping close to the market town of Tiverton, we enjoy scenic journeys on no less than five different railways, providing you with your perfect escape. From Buckfastleigh to Totnes, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - and more... it’s time to sit back and relax as we travel in style through this beautiful corner of English countryside – we promise to make it one you will never forget.

5 days from £639pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • 4 nights’ half-board accommodation at the Best Western Tiverton
  • 5 railway journeys
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Itinerary

Overview

Make your own way to our hotel, where you meet our Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Includes Dinner

Overview

This morning we board our coach and travel to the picturesque village of Bishops Lydeard to join the West Somerset Railway to Minehead.  The route follows over 20 miles of glorious Somerset countryside with highlights including the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the distant hills of Exmoor, and spectacular views along the Devon coastline. From here we travel to the pretty historic village of Dunster. Set on the hills is Dunster Castle which offers dramatic views over the village, which is filled with many listed buildings.

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Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Quontock Hills

Overview

Today our coach takes us to Woody Bay Station, where we board the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, for a 2 mile round trip through stunning north Devon countryside before our coach takes us to the nearby town of Lynton. From here we take the Victorian Funicular Cliff Railway, a unique water powered lift which offers spectacular views of the north Devon coastline as you glide the 862 foot track to the town of Lynmouth. Explore each town with wealth of quaint curio, pottery and souvenir shops, as well as the local history museum.

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Includes Dinner

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Lynmouth

Overview

This morning we join the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh and embark on the 7 mile journey which follows a picturesque route alongside the River Dart to Totnes. On arrival, we board the boat cruise service and follow the valley full of natural beauty to Dartmouth. This beautiful fishing port is filled with narrow streets, sweeping steps and medieval buildings. After free time we join the foot ferry to Kingswear where we board the Dartmouth Stream railway to Paignton, which runs 7 miles along the spectacular Torbay coast and through the wooded slopes.

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Includes Dinner

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Dartmouth

Overview

After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure; you could even take the opportunity to explore Tiverton. *Please note: We cannot guarantee that all our rail journeys will be steam hauled and the running order of the itinerary may change depending on availability. The final itinerary will be confirmed in your final Travel Documents.*

Includes Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £150.00 (5 days).

Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the Best Western in Tiverton.


Best Western Tiverton Hotel

Set in two and a half acres of mature gardens on the edge of the delightful market town of Tiverton, the Best Western Hotel is ideally located being just 7 miles from Tiverton train station and with public transport links close by. The hotel’s Gallery Restaurant serves a full English breakfast with locally sourced produce. Dinner is a 3-course carvery-style menu with a choice of starters served at the table, buffet-style main course, and choice of desert from the desert table with tea or coffee. Drinks can be enjoyed in the hotel’s comfortable bar. There is complimentary parking on site with electric car charge point, and hotel guests have complimentary use of the pool and gym at the nearby Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton.

Hotel Facilities

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Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Free Wifi
  • Ensuite Facilities
General
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
Accessibility
  • Disabled Rooms Available
  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
Hotel
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available