North Devon Bideford
Staying at the comfortable Durrant House Hotel Bideford situated just outside the town, there is however a a bus stop right outside the hotel. Entertainment every night.
Included: Barnstaple famous for its pannier market.
The largest town in North Devon is Barnstaple on the River Taw. This ancient town was granted its charter in 930 AD by King Aethelstan – the grandson of Alfred the Great. It lies to the north of Dartmoor and to the west of the beautiful Exmoor National Park.
Barnstaple Pannier Market
The town was a prosperous place in the past, at one time a major port particularly for the American trade. It remains a thriving market town with a traditional Pannier Market. Today Barnstaple has a partly pedestrianised centre and features many fine buildings and attractive narrow streets and alleys. The oldest surviving part of town is the Norman mound and remnants of the original Norman castle wall can still be seen. There is also the ornate Queen Anne’s Walk and the 13th century Long Bridge. Close by is the Museum of North Devon.
Visit the famous Dartington Crystal they have been handcrafting their range of English crystal products in our factory in Devon since 1967 – the only major crystal factory in the UK. The Visitors Centre, see and hear the fascinating story of over 40 years of Dartington Crystal then follow the Timeline from 1967 to present day and see how the first pieces of glass were made in our museum section. Watch our talented expert Master Engraving demonstration create award winning works of Art; You can watch the live demonstration of glass making and try the many hands-on activities they have to offer.
Day off in resort
Optional: Minehead & Dunster
Minehead: From beaches to the historic harbour, from shops to pleasure gardens, from golf to a ride on a steam train, with a sandy beach and historic harbour.
Dunster: is a medieval village with an ancient castle, priory, dovecote, yarn market, inns, packhorse bridge and a mill. Since the decline of the woollen industry in the eighteenth century the village has been locked in a time warp.
Dunster Castle, once the home of the Luttrell family, is now owned by the National Trust. There is a plethora of tea shops and gifts shops and several excellent restaurants and places to stay. The National Park Centre here provides information on the whole area.
Limited free singles, other singles available with a £60 supplement.
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