Group Tour Operator and DMC for Devon
North Devon Explorer
In this tour we visit the picturesque villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, discover the National Trust’s Arlington Hall, go behind the scenes at the fascinating Dartington Crystal, visit RHS Garden Rosemoor, and explore the popular destinations of Ilfracombe and Bideford.
Dates throughout 2022 & 2023
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to your hotel
If time permits, why not stop-off on the journey. The Greatdays team can offer suggestions.
Lynton and Lynmouth
This morning we take a leisurely journey through the scenic Exmoor National Park to the twin towns of Lynmouth and Lynton. Made popular by Victorian holidaymakers, and often referred to as ‘Little Switzerland’, these two small towns are connected by a cliff railway built in 1890. In the afternoon we visit Arlington Court, an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor and a family home for more than 500 years. The National Trust Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave.
Dartington Crystal and RHS Garden Rosemoor
An unusual treat today with a visit to Dartington Crystal, one of the few remaining manufacturers of hand-crafted crystal in the UK. The factory tour reveals the craftsmen at work and there’s an opportunity to browse for gifts in the extensive factory shop. In the afternoon we visit RHS Garden Rosemoor. Rosemoor is nestled in a sheltered valley in between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, and blends formal and informal plantings giving a wonderful effect.
Ilfracombe and Bideford
Time to relax and enjoy two of north Devon’s most popular towns. Ilfracombe has been welcoming holidaymakers for many years with its harbour, cliffs and beaches. Bideford is famous for its quaint streets, market, 17th century Merchants House and famous Long Bridge that spans the River Torridge.
Suggested Hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in October 2018
Best Western Tiverton Hotel ***
A traditional West Country welcome awaits at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel. Located close to both Taunton and Exeter, this 3-star hotel is a great base for exploring the area. On arrival, enjoy tea and coffee while taking in the surrounding two acres of mature gardens. The friendly Gallery Restaurant offers great regional cuisine, sourced whenever possible from local West Country producers. The 69 spacious en-suite bedrooms feature a TV with satellite channels, hospitality tray, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Many rooms are on the ground floor and specially adapted rooms are available. The hotel has on-site coach parking.
Holiday Inn Taunton ***
This modern hotel is located just off the M5, near Taunton town centre and just 15 miles from Exmoor National Park. Enjoy a buffet breakfast or a hearty meal in the restaurant or relax with a refreshing drink at the bar. Guests enjoy free use of the Spirit Health Club which has a pool, spa, sauna, solarium and gym. The modern en-suite bedrooms offer satellite TVs, trouser press, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a free car park.
|Dates||5 days / 4 nights|
|2022 dates||From £275.00 per person|
|2023 dates||From £279.00 per person|
Single room supplement available upon request.