Bespoke guide to Devon for UK groups

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Bespoke guide to

Devon for UK Groups

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Forward Is your group planning a trip to Devon and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, Visit Devon is there to take all the stress out of planning your holiday. Simply head online to - your one stop shop for all things Devon. Find accommodation, attractions, activities, events, accessibility information and just about everything else you can think of. Whether you’re looking for adventure, experiences, accommodation, somewhere to grab a traditional cream tea or to see what events are taking place during your visit, you can find everything you need on Visit Devon. You can even find and book accommodation without having to leave

the site! Simply fill in your requirements on the home page and let them take all the stress out of holiday planning. Visit Devon’s extensive facility search allows you to find things to do and places to stay allowing you to truly book the holiday that best suits your groups needs and budgets. Visitors to the region who are interested in visiting the town of Sidmouth or the North Devon region, can make use of Visit Devon’s two micro-sites where you can similarly research all the attractions and accommodation that are on offer. Want to keep up to date with all things Devon? Make sure to sign up to their monthly newsletter and to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as the latest news and what’s on, you’ll be able to enter exclusive competitions to win prizes, including short breaks, dining experiences and more.

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Visit Devon


Visit North Devon


Spotlight on North Devon


Devons Top Attractions


South Devon


Spotlight on South Devon


Visit Dartmoor


Destination Plymouth


Visit Exeter


Spotlight on Exeter


Welcome to the English Riviera



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Visit Devon

Alex Graeme

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Visit Devon Located in the South West of England, between Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall is mother nature’s playground, also known as Devon. Diverse landscapes - check Two coastlines - check Two cities - check Two national parks – check Five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – check A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – check A UNESCO Geopark – check A UNESCO World Heritage Site - check The UK’s first surf reserve check The UK’s first dark sky reserve – check The true inventors of the pasty and the only ones who can correctly eat a cream tea – check. Devon really is so much more than you might think. Not only do you get the best of both worlds in terms of coastal resorts and rural retreats, but you can also enjoy bustling cities, traditional West Country charm, inspirational myths and legends, incredible locally sourced food and drink and a host of attractions suitable for the whole family! at’s not even touching on the various nature reserves, Sites of Scientific Interest, an abundance of Blue Flag beaches, and of course, the bustling market towns and pretty villages. Everywhere you look, you’ll find ancient geology, fascinating history, inspiring art, and cutting-edge entertainment. It’s such a diverse landscape, the

question isn’t should I come to Devon but rather, where do you want to explore first!

thoughts of sandy beaches, melting ice cream and nostalgia for British summers gone by. No matter where you are in Devon, you’re never too far from the beach, whether you want to spend the day sunbathing in South Devon, exploring the hidden coves and bays once frequented by pirates, challenge yourself to some water sports in North Devon, where you’ll find the UK’s first surf reserve, or explore the region’s fascinating geology along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As of 2021, Devon was awarded fourteen Blue Flag Awards for their beaches. Blue Flag awards are given to areas that are recognised as being clean, safe and accessible, which is why Devon is a top choice for family-friendly holidays. You can find the most recent Blue Flag beaches at Blackpool Sands, Broadsands Beach, Challaborough Beach, Dawlish Warren Beach, Exmouth Beach, Meadfoot Beach, Oddicombe Beach, Preston Sands, Sandy Bay, Sidmouth Town Beach, Teignmouth Town Beach, Torre Abbey Beach, Westward Ho! Beach and Breakwater Beach. You’ll also find Britain’s best beach here, at Woolacombe, so it is no wonder that Devon reminds us of beach holidays and sunshine – but it is so much more than that.

Perfect for those seeking to relax, those wanting some adventure, those wanting to discover something new with every visit and those who want a bit of everything, Devon is the perfect destination and the best bit? You don’t even have to leave the UK! With its own micro-climate making it one of the warmest places in the UK, and everything on offer from walking an alpaca to rock climbing to crabbing to sunbathing, Devon really does offer something for everyone. Endlessly dog friendly and full of family attractions, bars, Michelin star restaurants and so much more, there is always something to discover in Devon. is is a county of adventure, discovery and delicious food and drink. Here is where you will find an abundance of fresh fish and seafood, oen served the same day it is caught, wonderful homegrown meat and fresh fruit and vegetables and of course, lots of clotted cream – perfect for a cream tea – something that Devon is particularly famous for, just remember, it is always cream first! When you think of Devon, chances are you conjure 6

With two coastlines and its old-world charm, it is easy to recreate your childhood holidays for your own families. In North Devon, you’ll find unparalleled coastal views and the region known as Little Switzerland, which has inspired romantic poets for generations. Not content with being the UK’s favourite surf spot, North Devon is also home to the UK’s first Dark Skies Reserve, something that is celebrated every year on Exmoor. is incredibly unique festival is one of the region’s must-visit events and is a great way to truly experience the night sky. at isn’t the only fascinating festival you can enjoy in Devon, see a West Country tradition by visiting Ottery St Mary in East Devon around Bonfire Night – it is the only place in the UK that still takes part in Tar Barrel Rolling, where residents make their way around a route while carrying burning tar barrels. It is also in Ottery St Mary where you can witness the annual banishing of the village’s pixies on their Pixie Day every Summer. Other unique events include a worm charming festival, the reenactment of hunting an earl and the British Firework Championships which takes place in Plymouth.

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Devon Aside from the full event’s calendar, the county boasts a number of top attractions, including the South West’s biggest roller coasters, water parks and some of the most famous zoos in the country. West Country traditions and animal conservation is a huge part of the way of life in Devon and you can join in by visiting otter sanctuaries, donkey sanctuaries, working museums, the oldest gin distillery in England and even hitching a ride on a horsedrawn barge! Whether you’re travelling as a group or looking for a romantic getaway, there are plenty of things to see and do in the region, along with some incredible accommodation options, including the world’s best B&B – you’ll find it in Torquay.

haves are real West Country cider, much of which can be found on tap, fish and chips, made with the fish fresh from the ocean that day and gin – especially if it is from England’s oldest working distillery which continues to make gin using an original recipe and traditional methods.

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Speaking of Torquay, families love visiting the English Riviera’s best-known town. With its palm trees and childfriendly atmosphere, this area is steeped in maritime history and plays host to a number of festivals and sporting events, as well as having its own UNESCO Geopark and being the birthplace of the Queen of Crime herself, Agatha Christie. Perhaps Devon’s most famous export, Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and had a holiday home at nearby Greenway, now run by the National Trust, whether you’re a Christie fan, a bibliophile or

love a good mystery, there are plenty of ways to channel your inner Agatha while in and around Torquay. Torquay is also where you’ll find popular resorts, including Paignton, Brixham and Teignmouth and can even spot the locations used in Christie’s books, something you can also find In South Devon, where there is fantastic countryside and coastline and the iconic sea tractors providing access to the beautiful Burgh Island. is is the place to be for gentle walks, water sports and relaxing in the sunshine and is full of award-winning bars and restaurants to enjoy. At last count, Devon was home to four Michelin Star eateries and even more recipients of a coveted Michelin Plate and Taste of the West Awards, so whether you are on the hunt for a meal for a special occasion, a quick bite or a light lunch, you can guarantee a quality dining experience. e majority of Devon’s eateries are committed to celebrating the county’s rich, seasonal produce and menus will change constantly during the year to take advantage of the incredible food and drink that you can find here. While here, make sure to sample a traditional Devonshire Cream Tea, available at eateries and hotels all over the county and with plenty of varieties, including those that swap the tea for champagne, perfect for a spot of luxury. Other must-


amazing shopping opportunities, music venues and more, while the seaside resorts and countryside towns have charming independent stores and a plethora of activities which really celebrate the county’s West Country routes.

As it is a wonderfully diverse county, Devon has many different areas to explore, with long beaches of golden sands, rugged moors, bustling cities, rolling hills, pretty villages and pastel-coloured seaside towns. Much of Devon’s diversity comes from the fact that it is an incredibly old county full of traditional West Country charm. e oldest human remains in the UK were discovered in the county and you can see evidence of the past, from Iron Age hill forts on Dartmoor to Roman Roads in Exeter and even a Sherman Tank to commemorate the county’s role in WWII all over the county.

Exeter is where you can see the world-famous cathedral, stroll along the quay, indulge in some retail therapy and can enjoy a bustling nightlife. Plymouth is the home of the region’s maritime history and features the Royal William Yard, Plymouth Hoe and a maritime conservation area, plus a host of entertainment venues. Devon’s cities are the ideal destination for anyone wanting to experience the culture and vibrancy of a city break, while also having the opportunity to escape into a quieter and more leisurely way of life. Both cities are surrounded by charming coast and countryside, making them an ideal compromise for the travellers who want a bit of everything.

While the tranquillity of the countryside and the lures of the coast are huge draws for visitors, they aren’t for everyone – and Devon is equipped to suit those visitors too as it features two cities; Exeter and Plymouth. Both unique and each bustling and full of history and culture, they are both well worth a visit. e two cities provide

If being in the centre of the action appeals to you, Devon has plenty to offer, especially in the Mid Devon region, which is equidistance from the coastlines in both the North and South of the county and the two National Parks. is region is the perfect location to explore the whole of the county and with mainline train stations, you

can easily access the towns, villages and cities all over the county. Not only that, but Devon has the most roads of any other county in England, so exploring has never been easier! e Mid-Devon region is well known for its rolling hills, woodlands and wildlife, so it's ideal for anyone who loves being outdoors. In fact, the whole county is full of outdoor adventures, on Dartmoor and Exmoor there are companies offering everything from orienteering, abseiling, and rock climbing, plus there are loads of other activities, from rambling, photography and spotting the famous wild ponies. Both moors feature their own herds of ponies, highland cows, sheep and other creatures – you can even see a herd of mountain goats on visits to Lynton! Speaking of the moors, these are great places to visit for anyone who wants to find out more about West Country traditions and to experience a new way of life. Wherever you choose as your base during a visit to Devon, you can expect a unique charm and a friendly welcome, allowing for a completely different experience each time you visit. For an olde world atmosphere, try one of the chocolate box villages like Cockington or for a traditional market town, choose somewhere like Tiverton. For bustling harbours, visit Ilfracombe or

for somewhere historical, try Clovelly, or for a gentler pace, make Dartmoor and Exmoor a priority. Dartmoor in particular is a must for those of you looking for some inspiration – it is the home of a host of terrifying and intriguing myths and legends featuring everything from giants, ghosts, witches and devilish dogs. It was these stories that inspired the best known of Sherlock Holmes’ adventures, so who knows what you might encounter when traversing the wilds of Whistman’s Wood or climbing one of the tors.

can follow the adventures of Tarka the Otter by walking or cycling the Tarka Trail where you can see some of the most picturesque places around Bideford and Barnstaple. If you want to come to the region for some R&R, why not book into one of the region’s spas, with an abundance of spa hotels offering the ultimate relaxation and retreats giving you the chance to escape and reset, you are never too far from somewhere you can take time for yourself. Whether you are looking for something intimate and quiet for a couple’s break or something for the whole family, there are a range of amazing accommodation options across Devon to suit every need and budget. With selfcatering cottages, hotels, B&Bs, holiday parks, camping sites and even glamping and alternative accommodation options, you can choose anything from the traditional to the more unusual. ere are even properties perfect for guests with additional access needs. With coastal views, countryside escapes and city centre boutiques, you can find the perfect home from home. Want to bring your dog with you – that’s not a problem, you’ll find plenty of accommodation options so the whole family can enjoy a holiday. You won’t only find places to stay, Devon is full of dog-friendly attractions too. If there is something that dogs

While there is an extensive road network across Devon, one of the best ways to enjoy the sights of the county is by public transport or by foot or bike. e rail lines in the county take you through some of the most picturesque views, especially the English Rivera line. For something a little more nostalgic, why not visit one of the region’s steam or cliff railways for even more incredible views? Another way to explore the county is by following the South West Coast Path, the UK’s longest national trail which runs the entire length of both Devon’s coastlines, so no matter where you are in the county, you can easily access the path and explore. It isn’t just the South West Coast Path offering the chance to see more of the region, in North Devon, you

and humans have in common, it’s loving the feeling of warm sand between their toes – something else you can enjoy with your dogs in Devon – the county is full of beaches where there are dog-friendly sections during the peak months and even a couple that welcome dogs all year round! What could be better than watching a sunset and enjoying ice cream together? ough Devon is one of the mildest places in the UK and many of the most popular activities take advantage of the outside environment, you don’t have to worry about rain stopping play here. e county has a host of indoor attractions and activities to keep you amused on a typical British day – in fact, several of the region’s top attractions feature all-weather activities, so no matter what time of year you choose to visit, your day doesn’t have to be as dull as the weather! Devon truly is a county of adventures, relaxation and discovery, so whatever you are looking for from a UK staycation, you can be sure of a world of discoveries and experiences. It is a county where you can create memories that will last forever. With an abundance of natural beauty, culture and history spread out across intriguing towns, villages, moorland and coast, Devon is the ultimate place to explore and discover. Saunton Sands


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Visit North Devon Known as the surfing capital of the UK, home to the UK’s first Surf Reserve and nicknamed Little Switzerland

Located in the South West of England, bordering Somerset and parts of Cornwall, North Devon features everything the West Country is famous for and more. With delicious, locally sourced food and drink, including regional favourites like cider and the traditional Devonshire Cream Tea and benefiting from its own warm micro-climate. Full of popular coastal towns and villages and accommodation options, the beautiful coastline of the area falls within North Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which features many award-winning stretches of coast, popular towns and even Britain’s best-loved beach, Woolacombe.

As well as the coast, North Devon is home to the Exmoor National Park, Exmoor features Britain’s highest coastline making it ideal for beautiful coastal walks, parts of which are included along the South West Coast Path. It is this part of the world that was fondly nicknamed Little Switzerland by the romantic poets that used to reside here, like Percy Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth who used the spectacular views as inspiration for their works. Looking around, it is little wonder that they managed to conjure such beauty, the villages of Lynton and Lynmouth and natural phenomena like Valley of Rocks have to be seen to be believed. e whole of Exmoor is home to a host of wildlife, including the famous Exmoor Ponies which wander wild around the moor and provide an iconic backdrop for your visits. e region is also populated with a herd of wild mountain goats, who are a joy to see frolicking around the rockier outcrops.

make deliveries along the steep, cobbled streets and down to their picturesque harbour. e region is full of traditional fisherman’s cottages, particularly in places like Appledore and lovely seaside resorts like Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!, the only place in the UK that has an exclamation point in its name. It is also the only place to have been named aer a book, the novel Westward Ho! was written by local author, Charles Kingsley, who also wrote the Water Babies and lived in nearby Bideford. While those that love a bit of hustle and bustle alongside historic markets should visit Barnstaple, the region’s oldest and largest town. is isn’t the only literary link you can find in North Devon. ose of you who love getting out and about and exploring should head to the Tarka Trail, a purpose-built route which follows the journey of Tarka the Otter around some

of the prettiest spots located around Barnstaple and Bideford. Wherever you are in North Devon, there are wonderful places to explore, and no two towns and villages are the same. North Devon has much to be proud of when it comes to the region’s natural beauty. Not only does it have that incredible coastline, but it is also home to a UNESCO Biosphere, one of only six in the UK, which centres around the Braunton Burrows and extends out from the River Taw out towards Lundy Island. e Reserve has over 60 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and contains lots of rare wildlife and is home to the largest sand dune system in the UK. While in the region, why not escape the every day by catching the ferry over to Lundy Island. Located just off the North Devon coast and was once home to a colony of pirates but nowadays is more popular with sea birds. e island has


It isn’t just the coastline that deserves a visit, North Devon is full of charming market towns and quaint villages that attract visitors by the thousands every year. Here you’ll find the historic village of Clovelly, which is completely vehicle-free, instead, using donkeys to

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nown as the surfing capital of the UK, home to the UK’s first Surf Reserve and nicknamed Little Switzerland, there is much to love about North Devon, a region thought of as Britain’s Adventure Coast. ere is much more to this spectacular and diverse region than meets the eye. e entire region is famed for its beauty and the diversity of the landscape meaning that whatever kind of adventure you want to have, you’ll find the perfect location in North Devon.


ough known as the Adventure Coast, North Devon isn’t just an area for the outdoorsy types, the region has a host of amazing popular attractions, perfect for groups.e region is particularly popular with foodies, especially in becoming one of the best foodie hotspots in the southwest. e region is famed for the quality of its seafood and a lobster festival is held every year. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, you’ll find big named brands right through to small, independent retailers and everything in between. Here you can find theatre performances and live events, as well as the south west’s biggest surfing festival which takes place on the beach at Croyde every year. Whatever the weather, you can take your pick from theme parks, water parks, heritage attractions, spas, leisure centres and golfing opportunities amongst other activities. In fact, while North Devon is known for surfing these days, previously, it was more famous for its connections to golf. e Royal North Devon Golf Course in Westward Ho! is 150 years old and has the

oldest links in England. e course is one of the top 100 in the world and is widely regarded as being the St Andrews of the South. e course is as tough as any of the UK’s more famous links and being the oldest golf club in England is well worth a visit.

ere are a whole host of events taking place all over the region. Whatever your interests or your age, there are a host of attractions and activities here whether you're a thrill-seeker or looking for a peaceful retreat. With gardens to stroll around, museums to visit and spas to relax in while overlooking award-winning beaches, North Devon really does have something for everyone.

North Devon has a wide variety of attractions on offer, from all-weather attractions to award-winning zoos, intriguing museums, beautiful parks and gardens and shopping opportunities to rival any large destination. Across the region, you can find big named brands and familiar high street stores nestled among independent retailers and a huge focus on arts and antiques, particularly on the Hartland Peninsula, home to one of the most dramatic views in the area. As the region is well served by both main roads and the national road network, you’ll find that this is an easy and accessible holiday destination that is easy to explore.

North Devon has a wide variety of attractions on offer, from all-weather attractions to awardwinning zoos, intriguing museums, beautiful parks and gardens and shopping opportunities to rival any large destination.

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the only ones to be found in the South West. At certain times of year, you can witness these beautiful birds building nests along the rockface. Lundy Island is a site of marine conservation and there is no electricity or WIFI anywhere on the island. If you fancy going off-grid, this is the perfect North Devon location, there are accommodation options and plenty of activities throughout the year, including rock climbing, surfing and more.


When it comes to accommodation, North Devon has everything groups could ask for, cottages, holiday parks overlooking the beach, sprawling country estates and just about everything else in between. North Devon’s holiday providers are committed to welcoming visitors of all ages and abilities, you’ll also find that the area has a range of accommodation and attractions to suit travellers with disabilities and additional needs. Many of the beaches and the Exmoor National Park offer all-terrain wheelchairs, allowing everyone who visits to get the most out of their time in North Devon.

Stories of Devons rich and varied warrior women. Sharing fascinating, tragic , amusing and enlightening true stories of prostitutes enterprising ways and how they survived being reviled by many and made use of by others. Other tours I write and host are Haunted History tours of Devon. Walking tours sharing fascinating and often unheard of true stories of the crimes, the prison and workhouse tales. focusing on real people, how and why they ended up where they did and what became of them. Hauntings mentioned are the experiences of local people in their homes and businesses. (these are not persons leaping out of trees and inducing cardiac arrest tours)

Talks are also available, (especially if clients have mobility problems although all tours are wheelchair friendly) where photographs and

Tours are currently booked through The plough arts theatre I am happy to host private tours at other times. to contact me Susan Pengelly 07855402410


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Spotlight on... some of the best on offer in North Devon Tapeley Park Tapeley Park situated between Instow and Bideford is one of North Devon’s best kept secrets, Take in the magnificent views over the Torridge Estuary to the sea beyond, and on a clear day you can even see Lundy Island from the front lawn. e grounds are renowned for their beautiful gardens, particularly the Italian terraces where you can sit and relax in the peace and tranquillity that is Tapeley Park. Wander down to the Permaculture garden (one of the oldest in the country) or take a stroll to the monument with stunning views, just two

of the many areas their visitors are able to explore. e History Rooms gives you an insight through the generations of Tapeley from its humble beginnings to the present day where the current custodian Hector Christie has made Tapeley Pesticide and Herbicide free for over 15 years. One of the only gardens in North Devon that done is.

Garden and house tours are also available at an extra charge. Inspection visits welcome. www.christieestates.

eir Tea Rooms serve snacks and drinks and whenever possible it uses produce grown here at Tapeley from the large Kitchen Garden. ey welcome coach parties and all will have a complimentary talk.

Visit the magnificent Lundy Island Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a

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half miles long and half a mile wide. With the pressures of the modern world, it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt. It is difficult to pin down why the island has such an effect on people, what is noticeable is the visitors' enthusiasm. It is true that Lundy is different from any other island and that it is in a wonderful part of the country. If you want to relax on holiday and be busy doing nothing, this is the place to be! With 23 self-catering properties to choose from, Lundy is a unique destination for those special occasions like Christmas and St. Valentines, birthdays, and anniversaries. A warm welcome awaits you in Marisco Tavern, offering a good selection of beers and wines, excellent meals using Island produce and a friendly atmosphere. Travel to the island as a day visitor or for a holiday on the handsome supply and passenger vessel the MS Oldenburg, they sail from Bideford or Ilfracombe, sailings are until the end of October. During the winter short breaks are available by Helicopter from November to mid-March, flying Mondays and Fridays from Hartland Point, North Devon. In just six exhilarating minutes, enjoying the aerial views, you can escape the rigours of mainland life.



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Unique and unforgettable experience awaits at Quince Honey Farm A visit to Quince Honey Farm, the UK’s largest honey farm, is sure to be a unique and unforgettable addition to any tour itinerary. Situated just off the A361 North Devon Link Road, it is ideally located for both tour group visits and quick refreshment breaks, both of which are welcome throughout the year.

A guided tour promises to show you the highlights of Quince Honey Farm, where the friendly and informative host will talk you through the wonder of honeybees, the beautiful pollinator-friendly gardens and offer you the chance to do some honey tasting! You’ll also be able to visit the Shop and the awardwinning Nectary Restaurant.

Nestled in the heart of North Devon, Marwood Hill Garden is a hidden gem Home to four National Plant Heritage collections, this private valley garden spans over 20-acres and showcases three stunning lakes, rare trees & shrubs, and colourful surprises throughout each season. Not only a haven for wildlife, the garden is also the perfect environment to explore and be inspired. Enjoy a day of inspirational and relaxation for the whole family. Catch up over coffee and homemade cake or a cream tea in the picturesque Garden Tea Room or take a bit of Marwood magic home with you from our Walled Garden Nursery and Plant Sales.

Enquiries & Tea Room 01271 342528 Plant Sales & Nursery 01271 342577 e w Marwood Hill Gardens, Marwood, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4EA

If you are simply looking for a great and convenient place to rest a while as you make your way through North Devon, then look no further than the farm’s Shop and Restaurant.

place to relax with a hot drink or wholesome homemade lunch. Your group are sure to enjoy a browse in the Shop which stocks the farm’s own range of honey, beeswax

Free to enter and with ample free parking and toilet facilities, it offers the perfect

Aerial view of Quince Honey Farm

candles, honey skincare, gis and homeware. Pre-booking is required for all large groups via or 01769 572401. For more information visit

Lundy Island is a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. With the pressures of the modern world, it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.


For more information and bookings please call or visit visit or call 01271 863636.

Devon Bygone Brothel Tours

Coldharbour Mill

A foreign visitor to England amazed at how many prostitutes England had once said, you could have any kind of women here, dressed up, bound up, tight laced, loose, painted or raw, scented, in silk or wool, with or without sugar.

A unique and rare chance to step back into the early 1800’s and experience the Industrial Revolution in action Immerse yourself at Coldharbour Mill as they bring the industrial revolution to life. Largely untouched since Victorian times Coldharbour Mill today remains in production using heritage looms, wool spinning machines, power sources and machinery to produce beautiful yarns and textiles. Recognised by Historic England as one of the best preserved textile mill

I started to research the Victorian prostitutes because they were much maligned by history so they were bound to be interesting. I found they were incredibly brave, resilient, feisty and in the face of the workhouse or starve

Victorian factory with the opportunity to trace how wool is turned into yarn and fabrics. Mill Shop – an opportunity to browse their yarns, rugs and fabrics. Easy access – just 2 miles / 5 minutes from the M5 Junction 27 And more! Coach Drivers meal voucher, free access to hot drinks, free admission and £5 voucher to spend in the mill shop and 10% discount in the shop for groups. Prices for Groups range from £10.00 pp to £15.00 dependant on day of visit, minimum numbers apply. Check here for more details groups

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they chose to go on the street on their terms. Women looked aer women. ey shared everything they had which was almost nothing at all. A tiny sliver of cracked mirror. Half a comb. Twenty nine drops of laudanum cost one penny. So a customer had to be serviced before a girl could get some laundanum to make the rest look like Brad Pitt. I tell their oen hilarious and moving stories because each one was someone’s daughter and they deserve to be remembered. Susan Pengelly 07855402410

Nestled in the heart of North Devon, Marwood Hill Garden is a hidden gem. Home to four National Plant Heritage collections, this private valley garden spans over 20-acres and showcases three stunning lakes, rare trees & shrubs, and colourful surprises throughout each season. Enjoy a day of inspiration and relaxation for the whole family. Created by and home to the late Dr Jimmy Smart MBE, VMH, a much-celebrated 20th

complexes in the country, visitors can explore how introducing water and steam power proved to be the turning point in history – revolutionising not only production but every part of daily life. Whether your group is interested in wool, heritage, steam power, social history, cras or military history they can promise a visit that your group will love. Tours to include: Regular ‘Steam Days’ when they light the Lancashire boilers and run the mills engines and historic Beam Engine. (Limited dates, book early to avoid disappointment, see below) Fully working 16

century plantsman, Dr Smart drew inspiration from his extensive travels to Australia & New Zealand creating the wonderful garden we see today. With its own delicious Tea Room, offering a wide selection of homemade and locally sourced food, with stunning views across the garden, it is the best location for a catch up over coffee and homemade cake or a light lunch. ey also have a plant nursery where their team of experienced gardeners are always available to provide support and advice. Many of the plants for sale are propagated from the rare and unusual specimens admired in the garden. Enjoy a day of inspiration and relaxation for the whole family.

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evon is a stunning county with two coastlines and 300 miles of beautiful Devonshire shoreline. It has two National Parks and five official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Find beaches of every description – for every type of water sport or simply relax in the sun or stroll along the cliffs on the Southwest Coast Path. BUT there’s so much more. Delve into Devon further and discover some of the UK’s top group friendly visitor attractions. Destination Devon is great

for groups, whether it be a coach party, small group, or educational visit. Devon has so many things to do and a huge choice of top-quality visitor attractions, making itinerary planning an easy job. All the attractions are annually inspected and approved to the highest quality standards. ey offer a whole host of interesting and varied days out, with discounted prices for groups and extra group facilities. Plus, some attractions work together to offer some great value, joint ticket options.

but don’t just take our word for it. e county continues to excel in the groups market and is actively visible exhibiting at most of the UK domestic group travel shows and Devon won the Best UK Destination Award in 2019 at the Group Leisure and Travel awards and has been a finalist two years either side of this date. Devon's Top Attractions represent the top attractions across the whole of Devon. eir mix of top attractions includes mysterious castles, botanical gardens and impressive stately homes,

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award winning steam railways, narrow gauge trams and spectacular boat cruises that sail along Devon’s beautiful rivers and coastline. ey have award winning museums, and magnificent abbeys. Not forgetting the younger generation, they have a great selection of award-winning theme parks, farm parks and anything from animal encounters to adrenaline-packed adventures. ere really is something for everyone.

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Devon Visit Devon and we know you will be back for more!! Devon has a wonderful choice of top-quality visitor attractions and venues, ideal for groups and that suits all ages and interests and the county overflows with a huge wealth of heritage, history, and culture. A group visit to one of its two vibrant cities Exeter and Plymouth always makes for a winning itinerary option. e cities are steeped in history so why not soak this up and get into the trendy city vibe, taste the great food and drink and do some shopping!

Coldharbour Mill - Is one of the oldest woollen mills in the UK having been in continuous production since 1797. Originally owned by world-renowned textile producers Fox Brothers, the Mill took fleece from all over the world and transformed it into yarn, cloth and textiles. Today the rich heritage lives on as one of the finest working wool museums where visitors are not just able to relive the sights and sounds of the industrial revolution but also see cras men and women making traditional textiles, beautiful knitting yarn and handwoven rugs. Great offers for Groups

History & Heritage If you’re interested in history and historical days out, then they have some interesting attractions that will be sure to engage and enthrall. Devon’s distinct identity has evolved from a history going back many millennia, plus a rich traditional culture which still lives and breathes through the sites and scenery found throughout the county today. Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred years of history are

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Devon is a year-round destination, whatever the season, it offers spectacular scenery and enjoyment to its visitors. With year-round accommodation and attractions open for business, Devon is a great choice for groups for coach and touring holidays. Devon continues to delight visitors with its popular food and drink festivals, music festivals and the famous Devon County Show. Devon’s Top Attractions also offers a ‘one stop’ information shop, created specifically to make it life

contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes. Currently home to the 19th Earl & Countess of Devon and their family. e magical setting and convenient location make it the perfect venue for group offering a wonderful day out.

easy and accessible for Group Travel Organisers and coach and tour operators. It offers quick and easy access to information about all the attractions. is friendly and efficient service also offers local knowledge, an image bank and useful contacts and organises regular familiarisation and journalist visits. For more details on this contact Anne Blackham What type of group friendly attractions does Devon have?

Enjoy a day out on one of the beautiful railways in Devon. As someone very wise once said … “It’s not about the destination, but the journey.” ere’s a lot to be said for travelling by train or pleasure boat. Just imagine … sitting back, relaxing and watching rolling hills, riverbanks and coastal views that most people never get to see. By railway and tram, which means wide horizons of rolling hills, riverbanks that are home to otters and kingfishers, awesome viaducts, and blue sea edged with colourful beach huts. By boat, you see even more of hidden Devon: rarely seen seabirds nesting on cliff edges, protected flora flourishing in hidden crevices, and even the occasional leaping dolphin or basking seal. South Devon Railway e multi award-winning South Devon Railway is the West Country's oldest heritage steam railway and the scenic, seven-mile line hugs the beautiful River Dart almost all the way from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. Visitors will be transported back in time to the bygone era of the old Great Western Railway, they can enjoy fantastic views along the valley and take in the unmistakable sights, sounds and smells of real steam trains. Group rates and joint ticket options with other attractions offered. Seaton Tramway - Award Winning Seaton Tramway is a great day out for all ages. e narrow-gauge heritage trams operate alongside the beautiful Axe Valley estuary


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Devon travelling through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life. An all-weather attraction with open toppers and enclosed saloons gives added comfort and enjoyment. Seaton is the gateway town to the Jurassic Coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Great for groups and Joint tickets available with other Devon attractions. Stuart Line Cruises roughout the year you can sail on the river Exe, home to thousands of migrating winter birds and year-round residents. During Summer you can sail the Jurassic Coast Line viewing 250 million years of history. e river Exe is sheltered offering year-round opportunities to view the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear about the history from the informative commentary. Joint tickets available with other Devon attractions. Museums World of Country Life located in Exmouth and is a family farm park but it also boasts an extensive museum of working farming machinery as well as a recreation of a Victorian street complete with butcher's shop, hardware store and pub! e Hall of Transport features a large collection of vintage vehicles, including the ornycro Charabanc from Downton Abbey and the Daimler from Mr Selfridge! Great for groups and joint tickets available with other Devon attractions.

at the model village as you explore 4 acres of awardwinning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles & people. Great for Groups and the restaurant terrace overlooks the whole site with fantastic views.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) – Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions, and modern amenities. e displays reveal Devon ad Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight visitors, and the World Cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the World. Also a Free entry attraction.

Bygones Bygones is an independent attraction, created and run by three generations of the Cuming family. It may not look big from the outside, but Bygones has 3 floors packed full of nostalgia waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. ey include Victorian Street, see, smell and hear the bustle of Bygones, life size Victorian street over 15 shops, and 9 period rooms. Packed full of authentic display. See the Railways, Wartime Britain, Vintage amusements, Fabulous Fiies and e Collections, all under one view. Great value for groups and dog friendly too.

Torbay Attractions A visit to Torbay offers three super group friendly visitor attractions which are all in close proximity to each other, two of which are just a short stroll from each other. Kents Cavern - Step into the Stone Age and discover Britain’s oldest home by exploring the extensive cave system, once occupied by Prehistoric man, hyenas and cave bears. A stunning natural cave, Kents Cavern is an award-winning attraction, notable for its archaeological and geological features and situated in Torquay on the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. Offering tours, shop, restaurant, and visitor centre. Kents Cavern offers several joint ticket options with other Devon attractions.

North Devon Attractions RHS Garden Rosemoor Enjoy a visit to the magnificent gardens and get some inspiration for your own garden. Rosemoor is run by the Royal Horticultural Society and the gardens are set in over 100 acres of woodland with the river Torridge running along the western border. Rosemoor is a beautiful place whatever time of year you visit and blends formal and informal plantings to magically stunning effect. ey also offer seasonal activities, workshops and events and their Christmas glow event is something not to be missed where the gardens are

Babbacombe model village - Since the village opened in 1963 the park has continued to expand the number of features on display. e village portrays English life and culture over the last 6 decades and is sure to bring to life those childhood memories! Feel like a giant 22

illuminated to stunning effect. Group tours available. rosemoor Dartington Crystal Dartington Crystal is a lovely mix of a factory tour, visitor centre and factory shopping experience. As the UK’s only remaining glass factory, a visit here is a unique and fascinating experience. Discover the story and development in the exhibition centre, watch skilled glass makers in action on the factory floor and the master engravers, then make your way to experience the factory shopping and the relaxing café and restaurant. Dartington Crystal offers a good value groups package and events throughout the year. Clovelly Village is picturesque, historic, fishing village, is steeped in maritime history and atmosphere, promising a wonderful half day out. It is a calm reflection of the days when speed, noise and stress were not what they are today. e views are breath-taking, the traffic-free cobbled street unique with its donkeys and sledges and the working harbour a scene that everyone will capture as a treasured memory. Group tours of the village can be booked and there is a land rover service available to get you back up the hill if you don’t want to go under your own steam. Quince Honey Farm Groups make a bee-line for Quince Honey Farm. A

working honey farm based in South Molton. ey moved to a new site a few years ago and this is a completely new attraction and they have just won a top Devon tourism award. Learn about how bees make honey, enjoy a honey tasting session and roll your own beeswax candle. You can join a tour and get a close up and see how honey is extracted from the hive and then bottled and then you can buy it in their wellstocked shop. See the Bee Shed and the interactive hives and see millions of bees at work safely behind glass. e centre piece of the attraction is the beautifully landscaped Nectar Gardens where you can wander through the hexagonal plots, each with a different theme. The Big Sheep – Brewery Tour - e Big Sheep doesn’t just offer world-famous fun for children it is an adult’s playground too. And is home to the Country Life Brewery – for grown-ups only! Established in 1998 and producing some awardwinning ales. e Big Sheep also has its own Gin Distillery, run by North Shore a small batch, hand craed artisan distillery, working with the uniqueness of botanicals and producing special edition gin. Enjoy this unique Brewery and distillery tour experience with some world-famous sheep racing thrown in too! od-drink Free entry days out Donkey Sanctuarye Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, is open 365 days a year. ere are hundreds of

donkeys waiting to meet you here so take a glimpse of what their little corner of Devon has to offer. An ideal stop for groups with their new restaurant looking down towards the sea and a chalk donkey in the hillside gives a great stop off place to enjoy the freshly prepared, seasonal dishes using local, while enjoying the spectacular coast and country views. Discounted group menus are available for pre-booked groups of 10 or more, including a complimentary meal for the driver, free entry, ample parking, and guided tours. www.thedonkeysanctuary.

of Exmoor Zoo, home of the Exmoor Beast. Experience wildlife from around the world from creepy crawlies of the Amazon to the wobbly wallaby joeys of Australia. ere’s plenty of hands-on activities keeper talks, animal encounters and lots more for groups. Wildwood Escot – Immerse yourself in wildlife and explore the 200 acres of parkland, find threatened native species including red squirrels and the secretive water vole who have found sanctuary in surroundings steeped in history and filled with beautiful plants and trees. Great place for groups and families.

Buckast Abbey A working Benedictine Monastery welcoming visitor to enjoy its tranquillity and beauty. As well as the magnificent Abbey, enjoy the beautiful gardens, shops, hotel, and restaurant. Nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful, wooded valley beside the river Dart it offers visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life. Free entry and free guided tours with ample coach and car parking.

Canonteign Falls Is a stunning natural attraction in the heart of Devon. Offering peaceful walks among the waterfalls and lakes and family fun in the gardens. Escape the crowds and experience the highest waterfall in Dartmoor National Park. Becky Falls Situated in a beautiful spoton Dartmoor and is an iconic landmark. Visit this attraction and breathe some of the purest air in England and then explore the 50 acres of ancient woodlands and stunning falls.

Animals and Nature Take a trip to one of the many wildlife and animal parks that Devon has to offer for a fun and educational day out with our furry, slippery, hairy and hoofed friends. You will get the chance to get hands-on with the county’s fascinating wildlife – and some from more exotic climates too in one of the local Zoos!

Family days out Devon theme parks have evolved from their modest beginnings and expanded over time to offer a whole day of excitement and enjoyment

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for all the family. Devon features some of best theme parks and family attractions in the UK. From rampaging rollercoasters to thrilling toboggan runs, these Devon amusement parks have got it all wrapped up into offering some of the very best days out in Devon. ey magically cater for all ages from the tiny tots with lowkey fun to some pretty terrifying white-knuckle thrill seeker ride experiences. Devon’s Top family days out include Crealy eme Park and Resort, Woodlands Family eme Park, the Milky Way Adventure Park and e Big Sheep Farm and eme Park and Watermouth Castle. Gardens and Parks Home to some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the country, Devon is known for both its coastal views and its inland greenery, including some stunning parks and gardens.Right across the county there are some delightful green spaces to enjoy from formal city gardens to some of Devon’s top garden and park attractions located in picturesque and natural settings. ere are tranquil places to stroll and enjoy the peace, dog-friendly parks where the dog can get a good run and some wonderful gardens where you can admire the splendors of beautiful flowers and trees but where the children can let off steam on outdoor play while exploring all around them. Devon’s Top Attractions www.devonstopattractions.


South Devon South Devon is ideal for group travel and coach trips and welcomes parties of all sizes to come and share what this amazing region has to offer.


o two places are the same in South Devon and you can easily and quickly travel between coastal communities and rural locations, visit the moors and a beach, discover historical sites or visit up market shopping centres all within the same day. is makes it the ideal destination for groups who are looking to explore as many different types of landscapes, villages and attractions as possible without having to spend too long on a coach. Whether you’re a group with keen historical interests, are looking to explore gardens and stunning landscapes or want to enjoy the buzz of city centre shopping and nightlife, you can build your perfect coach trip itinerary in South Devon. From coastal water sports to countryside adventure activities such as kayaking, sailing, climbing and mountain biking routes. From days out at the races and spa retreats to visits to historical castles and grand houses, boat trips, steam train rides or hot air balloons, the list is endless. Visits to vineyards and breweries for the older guests and farmyard adventures and theme parks for younger ones, every type of interest

can be catered for in South Devon. With so much on offer, your group or coach party can visit the county time and time again and will never be short of places to explore or new destinations to add to your itinerary.

with luxury caravans and lodges to boutique hotels, as well as affordable and group friendly spaces, no matter if you want to book your group in to a coastal, countryside or town centre setting, South Devon has a great range of group travel accommodation on offer. If you’re looking for inspiration of where to visit in South Devon, make sure you’re following thier Instagram account here where they share stunning images of this beautiful region. And if you’ve got photos you’d like to share with them, use#southdevon, #visitsouthdevon or tag us using @visitsouthdevon, we might even feature your picture on their feed!

Coast and Countryside With a stunning coastline which incorporates sheltered coves and stretches of wide open beaches as well as rugged cliffs, picturesque harbours and bustling coastal communities. All flanked by miles and miles of some of the country’s best countryside, including three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a National Park, your choice of coach party stopping points are endless. You could look to combine overnight stays or day trips in a mixture of rural or seaside locations or spend the majority of your time discovering just what one of these natural gems has to offer. But no matter where you choose to visit, one of South Devon’s many fabulous towns, villages or one of their two majestic cities won’t be far way. With such varied attractions and scenery on offer it should come as no surprise that the accommodation you can find here is just as wideranging. From holiday parks

For more information on Group Travel in South Devon please visit Group Travel and Coach Parties to South Devon ( Dartmoor National Park. Dartmoor is breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s not just about the landscape; there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s not just about the wild ponies or the tors, the history or the heritage — but that’s a good start. It’s about getting out there, experiencing new things. is living, breathing, working landscape holds the secret to a past that stretches 24

back over the centuries, and a future that is both sustainable and green. From rare birds and butterflies, Neolithic monuments and ancient woodland, to tradition, folklore and farming on horseback, Dartmoor has it all. Leading the way for the arts, all things organic, a haven for literary greats and explorers, you will be walking in some awesome footsteps. Dartmoor has the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe. So, if it is stone circles, menhirs, stone crosses and ancient villages that get you excited, Dartmoor is the place to be. To find out more and to understand what makes Dartmoor tick, check out their archaeology page. Dartmoor is home to all manner of wildlife, from Dartmoor ponies wandering the moor, to the rare marsh Fritillary Butterfly. If birds, bees and beasts draw your interest, look at their Nature page. Dartmoor truly has something for everyone — nature lovers will find an unrivalled choice of walks and cycle routes, and countryside to explore plus wildlife to try and spot. History buffs can visit their museums to learn about the area’s unique local myths and legends or try exploring on a guided walk or cycle ride.


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The monks welcome you to their home and hope you find here, peace and tranquillity. Enjoy the Abbey's beautiful architecture and gardens, restaurant and shops and stay overnight in Northgate House Hotel. Groups welcome. Call to discuss how to make your group booking special, booking essential. Groups: 01364 645532 or Accommodation: 01364 645630 and quote BEGDTDEVUKGPS22

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For centuries the Dartmoor folklore and legends have encompassed tales of pixies, ghosts, witchcra, weird happenings and a host of deep-seated beliefs. ese have been passed down through the generations via fireside stories, books, and local tradition all of which have played their part in keeping the tales alive today. Today they have a wealth of tales all of which relate the various strange events which took place somewhere in the Dartmoor landscape. No matter whether it’s a deep bottomless pool or a sleepy moorland hamlet there will be a story to be told. e fascinating thing is that due to Dartmoor’s unspoilt landscape it is possible to visit many of the places which relate to the various tales and see them as they

were when their events unfolded. So, when visiting Dartmoor why not take some time to journey into the past and witness for yourself the many mysterious places of the moor? ey have listed 15 of the locations here and on the Dartmoor Myths & Legends Trail to make it easier for you on their Myths & Legends page. Food & Drink. ere is a fantastic choice of restaurants on Dartmoor, and they hope you get to enjoy some of them during your stay here! Wherever you go on Dartmoor, there will be a restaurant, pub, hotel or tearoom where you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome, the highest quality food, wine and service. What could be better

at the end of a day exploring the extraordinary beauty of wild Dartmoor, or a day spent messing about on the rive with the kids, than a gorgeous meal, served in beautiful surrounds, that you did not have to cook yourself !

various Dartmoor Commoners, (the farmers and residents of the Moor who have grazing rights on the open moor), and with these rights comes the responsibility of seeing that the herds of ponies are kept healthy.

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ere is no more iconic sight on Dartmoor than a herd of ponies grazing together, with stunning, majestic Dartmoor as their backdrop. ey have been here a long time, hoof prints found on Dartmoor during an archaeological dig were found to be 3,500 yrs. old! Written records of ponies on the moor go back as far as AD1012, and in the mid 1800s ponies were used to transport granite from the moorland quarries. All the ponies are owned by

If you want to be active, their website’s ‘Get Active’ section has got plenty of information on cycling, climbing, horse riding, walks to suit everyone and opportunities for water sports and fishing. You can even try their Letterboxing, where walkers can ramble across the moorland hills in search of boxes containing a stamp for the journey and a visitor’s book to leave their own mark. It’s ideal for families too, with lots of great attractions for a day out,fun activities to Blackstone Photo

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and delectable dining at The Palace Hotel.


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Where to Stay? Regardless of your taste or budget, you’ll find somewhere perfect to stay for your Dartmoor holiday.eir towns have luxurious boutique hotels, while there are lots of cosy B&Bs and holiday cottages in their villages and across the national park. If camping and caravanning are more your style, you’ll find the perfect place to pitch up. Dartmoor has child-friendly hotels, where you can relax and let the smaller ones enjoy themselves too, and dogfriendly hotels, which understand what you need when you bring your best friend on holiday. Whatever type of accommodation you’re looking for when you start planning your trip to Dartmoor you will find it here - www.visitdartmoor.

Written records of ponies on the moor go back as far as AD1012, and in the mid 1800s ponies were used to transport granite from the moorland quarries.

get you outdoors and active and a wide choice places to stay no matter your budget or taste. You won’t find communities as welcoming anywhere in the country, with Dartmoor’s towns and villages offering up numerous great places to visit. Each community has its own distinct charm and things to do, so you’ll never be short of great ideas and days out. Upon visiting Dartmoor to film scenes for his 2011 hit film War Horse, Hollywood director Steven Spielberg said that “I have never before, in my long, eclectic career, been gied with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse. With two and a half weeks of extensive coverage of landscape and skies, I hardly scratched the surface of the visual opportunities that were offered to me.”


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Spotlight on... some of the best on offer in South Devon The Donkey Sanctuary e Donkey Sanctuary is an award-winning visitor attraction home to hundreds

Packed with unique donkeydesign items and souvenirs, you will find something for everyone.

World of Country life World of Country life in Exmouth Devon have welcomed groups for many years – and with many regular visitors we think they must be doing something right! With lots to see and do – extensive outdoor grounds and over two and half acres under cover - you will enjoy a whole day of fun.

of friendly donkeys just waiting to meet you. Besides the furry residents, explore everything the sanctuary has to offer, from daily talks and scenic walks to award-winning gardens and engaging exhibits. Take sanctuary in e Kitchen restaurant and enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce alongside unparalleled coast and country views. Great value menus are available for pre-booked groups, with every penny of profit helping donkeys and mules around the world. Before heading home, browse the Gi Shop at leisure in the knowledge that every purchase goes towards helping donkeys in need.

Visit the museum of farming, stroll down memory lane in the Victorian Street, have a chat in the pub, peek in the shops and see what was in fashion over the decades, do you remember the WW2 ration books and memorabilia on view?

From humble beginnings as a UK rescue mission over 50 years ago, e Donkey Sanctuary has grown into one of the world’s largest equine welfare charities. e sanctuary is open from 9am, 364 days a year, with free admission and parking including dedicated coach lane for easy drop-off. Coach drivers eat free and a guided tour or talk is included with all group bookings. Pre-booking is essential with a minimum one week’s notice. For more information or to book a group visit, please visit www.thedonkeysanctuary. or call 01395 578222.

Don’t forget to check out the Hall of Transport - with over 40 vehicles on display it’s one of the best Classic Car and Vintage Vehicle collections Hall of Transport


in the South West. You should be able to pick out the superstar vehicles that have appeared in ITV’s Downton Abbey & Mr Selfridge and BBC’s Parade’s End – toot toot! ere is a daily activity programme which includes a Bird of Prey flying display, the amazing Deer Train Safari* where you get up close and hand feed a Red Deer, then there is the hilarious animal racing event – all magical memory making experiences. Take a well-earned break in Farmer Lee’s Food Barn where you can enjoy hot or cold snacks or a delicious cream tea – you are in Devon aer all! Meet and greet for your guests can be arranged along with a suggested itinerary for your group by prior arrangement.

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ere is plenty of Free parking plus the all important free coach parking and a complimentary food voucher for the coach driver in Farmer Lee’s Food Barn. It’s so easy to book take a look online where you can download a group booking pack or give us a call on 01395 274533 World of Country Life is just 10 miles from the M5 junction 30 e Park is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm from 12th March – 30th October 2022 ere are also joint tickets available with Stuart Line Cruises also in Exmouth or with Seaton Tramway in Seaton – check out the deals on Dartmouth Steam Railway Dartmouth Steam Railway steam trains travel seven miles along the South Devon coastline (right beside the beach in places!) then into

the Dart Valley and the beautiful village of Kingswear which sits opposite the pretty Port of Dartmouth. Dartmouth River Boats operate on the River Dart offering regular scheduled services to the historic town of Totnes (nine miles upriver) and 1-hour circular river cruises operate daily from Dartmouth - plus

years. In her heyday the impressive ship was the life blood of the river Dart, carrying almost 500 passengers between Totnes and Dartmouth! www.dartmouth Steam and scenery in beautiful South Devon

Plymouth, to Totnes and back again. At Buckfastleigh, there is a riverside walk and picnic area, gardens, museum and a well-stocked shop and refreshment rooms. ere is plenty of coach parking with easy, flat access to the platform. If you are looking for a range

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day trips from Torquay to Dartmouth (including some which offer return by steam train).

e South Devon Railway has a great range of excursions designed for groups, with something to suit everyone.

eir famous Round Robin is an award-winning full day excursion - a steam train journey, ferry crossing, river cruise and bus ride. ere are many different options available so you can choose the itinerary that suits you best, spending time exploring the towns along the way.

At its heart is a delightful 14mile return steam train journey along the valley of the river Dart, through some of Devon’s most beautiful and hidden countryside. e trains take you on a leisurely journey from Buckfastleigh, just off the A38, midway between Exeter and

2013 stirred some fond memories in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. e River Dart, which for centuries provided a transport highway up and down this Devon waterway, regained the last coal fired paddle steamer carrying passengers in the UK, the Kingswear Castle. She was built in 1924 at Philip & Son of Dartmouth, and returned home aer an absence of 47

of easy to book options, the railway offers a great variety of entertainment at very attractive prices. is includes ‘3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day’ joint tickets for the railway and the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, adjacent to the railway’s station at Totnes, and/or Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies, next to the station at Buckfastleigh.

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Wheelchairs and a mobility scooter are available on free loan from reception (advanced booking necessary). An accessibility map of the park is available on request and there is a hearing loop available in reception. ere are accessible toilets and disabled parking spaces, assistance dogs are permitted on the park and if people in your party require a carer, the carer would be entitled to free entry on production of DLA paperwork or similar. A group of 20 or more will be entitled to a group booking rate of as well as a special reduced rate* to ride on the Deer Train Safari.





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Devon Verandah overlooking the sea. e Lincoln Restaurant is open every day for Breakfast and Dinner and for lunch on Sundays or by appointment.

More details are at www.southdevonrailway., email trains@southdevonrailway. or call 01364 644370 for full details. The Langstone Cliff Hotel

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Since 1947 the Hotel has been expanded and improved many times and now features 64 en-suite bedrooms, which are constantly being updated, and a wealth of leisure facilities. Including Indoor and Outdoor Heated Swimming Pools, a Tennis Court, Table Tennis, Snooker and a Fitness Room. All of the hotel bedrooms offer

high speed wi-fi, Sky Sports and tea and coffee making facilities. Many of the rooms are air conditioned, and, or have sea views or balconies.

Holistic and Beauty erapies and have a fully equipped Hairdressing Salon offering a range of ladies & gents’ styles.

e hotel also has a 323 square metre, sprung floored, air-conditioned ballroom.

e Lincoln Bar is open all day, every day, and can offer a wide range of food and drink which can be enjoyed in the spacious lounges or on the

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Becky Falls Set within a spectacular ancient valley, Dartmoor’s famous Becky Falls has been attracting visitors since 1903, and no trip to Devon would be complete without a visit. Take time to explore over 50 acres of woodland and streams which are rich in wildlife. ere is a choice of three circular walking trails. Choose the Blue Trail for a gentler walk through the ancient oak woodland. e Red Trail is where you will discover our stunning waterfall and its dramatic 70 drop at the heart of the park. For the more adventurous, why not have a go at our notoriously fun boulder scramble and if you enjoy that, carry on to the Purple Trail for views of the beautiful lower falls on more rugged terrain. Along with all this, relax and treat yourself in our licensed woodland café. ere’s something for all appetites, we have everything from cakes and cream teas to lighter snacks and hearty burgers. Not forgetting our small zoo and exotics house, including Meet-theKeeper talks throughout the day. We also have a children’s nature trail, where every child wins a prize. Manaton, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9UG. T: 01647 221259 W:


South Devon’s largest regional theatre, the Princess eatre in Torquay showcases the best West End and touring productions from across the UK. Offering a wide and varied programme including first class dance, music, famous names, drama, musicals, opera, comedy, and children’s shows. ey welcome groups of all sizes to their theatre. eir weekly plays and musicals offer great groups discounts. From a bakers’ dozen group offer available for Footloose in August to the annual

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e Langstone Cliff Hotel was originally a lodge for the Earl of Devon and is situated in 19 acres of Devon woodland overlooking the sea and Exe estuary.

Explore 4 acres of award-winning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles & people.

Contact: for discounted group rates Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LA

Devon break with Brend Hotels. Made up of 11 three and four star hotels across Devon and Cornwall, their portfolio of venues are proudly individual but share the same commitment to memorable experiences and impeccable service. ey provide tailormade getaways that embrace the stunning coast, countryside and bustling market towns - all of which lend themselves well to group travel.

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Babbacombe Model Village is equally as famous for its glorious gardens that help to set it aside as one of Europe’s Premier Model Villages. e gardens provide a stunning backdrop for the hundreds of

Panto in December and even looking ahead to e Cher Show and e Mousetrap in 2023, we’re sure to have something for every group. If you are simply visiting for the Bay for a day, why not take in the stunning views from their Bistro top deck, with coffee and a cake or add pre-theatre dining on to your theatre visit.

Visit www.atgtickets/torquay to see details of their shows and you can call their dedicated groups line on 020 7206 1179 or email torquaymarketing@theamb

eir friendly and experienced group reservations team will help you plan all the details for your group booking and make sure your group trip to the South West goes smoothly. Plus, when you book directly with them, fantastic rates are available alongside several other

Babbacombe Model Village Feel like a giant as you step through the small entrance and the vast miniature world opens up before you. Explore 4 acres of award-winning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles & people.

miniature models and animated scenes. For an added twist there are always fun characters to search for as you explore the gardens.

Bring back those magical childhood memories as you explore a quaint and quirky representation of England through five decades at Babbacombe Model Village. Meander your way through four acres of beautiful miniature gardens and discover many fun characters and animated features - from trains to moving vehicles and even a fire-breathing dragon.

Groups ( Brend Hotels- explore Devon and Cornwall with them For fantastically fun, worryfree, above-and-beyond stays, consider booking your next 36

superb benefits which include a complimentary visit for you to inspect the property, a complimentary guest for every 25 booked, a dedicated group specialist who will assist with all your administration and a tailormade itinerary to suit all of your requirements. So what are you waiting for? ey have a group accommodation solution to suit you perfectly. Get in

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Providence Hospitality Are you looking for the perfect base whilst exploring Torbay and the South Devon coastline? Well look no further than their beautiful hotels in Torbay. e Queens Hotel with 75

bedrooms situated a flat level position just 200 meters from the seafront and Paignton town centre with indoor heated pool.

78 bedrooms situated high up on the headland overlooking the beautiful South Devon coastline with Hydro Spa leisure facilities. Each hotel offers delectable dining options and an array of excellent evening entertainment, all on site of the hotel you choose. With a huge variety of attractions just a stone’s throw from each property

e Palace Hotel in Paignton with 55 bedrooms boasting a seafront position opposite Paignton Pier and indoor heated pool and leisure facilities, and e Headland Hotel & Spa in Torquay with Providence Hospitality

there is something for everyone to enjoy! ey look forward to welcoming you! For more information please do not hesitate to contact the hotels directly for group pricing. Providence Hospitality also operate group hotels in Minehead and Grange-over-Sands if you are looking for a destination further afield. For more information, please visit www.providencehospitality. Buckfast Abbey Free to enter, the historic monastery of Buckfast Abbey, founded in 1018 and rebuilt stone-by-stone on its medieval foundations between 1906 and 1937, is home to a working community of Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks. Located on the picturesque banks of the River Dart on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, the Abbey is a haven of peace and tranquillity.


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Renowned for its stunning Abbey Church with its dramatic Lantern Ceiling, and its extensive grounds and gardens, visitors can also enjoy recitals of choral and organ music by internationally renowned choirs and organists; as well as the delicious lunches and cream teas offered in e Grange Restaurant. Even larger groups can enjoy finding individual contemplation and quiet when strolling through the Abbey’s grounds. Buckfast Abbey can arrange bespoke tailormade tours, booking is essential. e Abbey also has three shops which offer an extensive range of items produced by monasteries all over the world, from gis, cards and books, to food and

drink. For events and meetings, the newly refurbished Schiller Hall (part of St Cuthbert’s Conference Centre) is an inspirational space for hosting and is capable of catering for up to 120 delegates.

Abbey is conveniently located just off the A38 Devon Expressway. Open between 10am – 4:30pm and there is ample free parking for coaches and cars.

For longer stays, visitors can explore the surrounding countryside from the comfort of the attractive and comfortable 33-bedroom onsite Hotel – Northgate House. Accommodation in Grangehurst House, a fiybed group accommodation block, is also available, offering an ideal base for groups taking part in activity holidays, such as canoeing, rambling and fishing.

Seaton Tramway is a great day out for all age groups, and even more fun

dining and/or meeting area for groups can seat up to 80 people. It takes half an hour to travel from end to end. ey recommend a break at Colyton or Seaton to explore these interesting towns. Colyton station includes the well-stocked shop, which has a wide range of tram-related souvenirs and unique gis. Your visit to can be made even easier by booking a joint ticket with one of their friendly East Devon neighbours. Enjoy your morning at Seaton Tramway and then add on a trip to the lovely Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, or the exciting World of Country Life in Exmouth. Just contact them today to book your next trip. or 01297 20375

Seaton Tramway Tiverton Museum Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is a treasure trove

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Easily accessible from Exeter, Plymouth, and many other surrounding areas, Buckfast

whenyou're travelling with a like-minded group! ey have open toppers and enclosed saloons, giving a comfortable ride. Whatever the weather groups will enjoy a leisurely trip on the Tramway.

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e Garden Room at Colyton Station is a great place to enjoy the Tramstop Cafe delights, this separate 38

of fascinating objects and quirky artefacts that weave incredible stories about the people who lived in Devon’s heartland. e galleries show everything from lace making to laundry, bicycles to brewing and carts to costume. Don’t miss their transport gallery; hop on board the footplate of the Tivvy Bumper steam engine,

ground floor gallery tells the story of the fishing industry and the port, the Newfoundland connections, and boatbuilding along the Teign. Also on show are cannons and other artefacts from the Church Rocks wreck, a 16th century Venetian vessel discovered by

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put on a driver’s cap and pull the whistle! All of this and much more reveals what makes Mid Devon so special. e museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users; a li is available. e museum offers a discounted rate to pre-booked groups of 10 or more people. e

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charges can be found on the website For more information and group bookings email: Fursdon House Tiverton Museum

museum is easy to find in the centre of Tiverton; the entrance is on Beck’s Square, next to the short stay car park, just a few minutes’ walk from the bus station(where coaches can drop off ). e town’s Tourist Information Service is housed in the museum and provides information on what else to do locally, and manages the free coach park for Tiverton email tivertontic@tivertonmusem e museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:004:00 January to Christmas.

a young diver in 1975. Learn about Admiral Pellew and the Bombardment of Algiers in 1816. e first-floor gallery tells of the growth of Teignmouth and Shaldon into a popular tourist resort, the coming of Brunel’s railway in 1846, the

Historic Fursdon House, home of the Fursdon family since 1259, is once again delighted to be able to welcome groups to visit the House, Gardens and Tearoom. e family will happily work with you to arrange the perfect visit for your group, to include

Teign Heritage Centre, Teignmouth & Shaldon museum is a small local history Museum run entirely by volunteers. First opened in 1978 and extended in 2011 the two main galleries display the social history of the Teign Estuary. In the large foyer, alongside the small shop and coffee area, there is a restored bathing machine to explore and pier machines to play on. e

pier and Haldon Aerodrome. ere is a roof terrace on the top floor which has views of the hills above the town. Teign Heritage Centre has a li to all floors, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. Full details and admission

fascinating guided tours of their home, independent time to wander in 4 acres of beautiful and varied hillside gardens and of course, delicious home baking at the charming Coach Hall Tearoom and courtyard.

Hidden deep in the hills of rural Mid Devon, Fursdon is truly off the beaten track, with stunning views looking over grassy parkland to the Exe Valley, Dartmoor and beyond. e unspoilt and tranquil location, the delightful gardens, the palpable sense of living history and the very welcome refreshments all combine to make Fursdon a very special place to visit. Group visits are welcome between Easter Monday and the end of October, morning or afternoon on a Monday and mornings only on a Wednesday and Thursday. Minimum group size 20 people. House and Gardens £11.50 pp, Gardens only £5.50 pp. Please contact Becky, Estate Administrator on 01392 860860 or


Devon theatre representative, so your groups theatre experience is managed in a manner that enables you quality care and attention. is personal service is overseen by the theatre manager, Marie Chapman and if prior to your groups visit you’d like more details regarding the operation or the shows, please email, boxoffice@ or call on 01803 328385 Coach drivers will be advised where they can park their coaches safely during a performance and your passengers can be assured, we can provide access to wheelchair users with an accessible toilet. ey do have some wheelchair spaces and a loop system also. Pecorama

Fursdon Babbacombe Theatre Situated on the English Riviera's beautiful Babbacombe Downs in Torquay, arguably the Babbacombe eatre is one of the most popular theatres in the Southwest. e venue is renowned for producing highly acclaimed productions, that not only caters well for the tourist and locals alike but is well supported from Feb to Jan by the coaching hotels, as their visiting coach operators, take

advantage of the mid-week shows that caters so well for their passengers. With the theatre included in the TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame, boasting the latest Travellers Choice Award, and ranked not only as the No1 theatre on the English Riviera, but as the No1 ‘ings to Do’ when visiting Torquay, patrons can be confident to expect 5-star entertainment which will be ‘Fun’ & ‘Fabulous’ Every tour operator/driver and passenger will benefit from direct contact with a

Pecorama attracts over 30,000 visitors a season to visit arguably the best 7.25 inch ride-on steam railway in

forms a complex, convoluted circuit now one mile in length. Passenger trains start and finish at the terminus of Much Natter Station, just inside the main garden entrance. e route starts off through the award-winning gardens and includes many over and under bridges, extensive sidings and a lengthy dark tunnel. Following this, the trains venture out into the countryside and pass the new Deepwater station. Here passengers may choose to alight to enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Charlotte, the beautiful wildlife pond in Wildway Park, where there is also a nature walk and fitness trail. e train then passes a branch line which zig-zags down very steep gradients to the Beer Mine. Pecorama is also proud to showcase its award-winning gardens and children’s entertainment areas, which include crazy golf, outdoor


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the country. For over 45 years, the charming and sleepy fishing village of Beer in Devon, has been home to the Beer Heights Light Railway, which travels through the stunning grounds of its popular visitor attraction. Having been gradually extended over the years, Pecorama’s BHLR train line 40

play areas and a zip-wire. ere is also a free-to-enter model railway exhibition with interactive indoor and outdoor trains to operate, as well as a souvenir and model shop. e park has several refreshment and food outlets, as well as offering high-teas on its luxurious 70 year old Pullman Orion carriage, for every offering a day out

Daish’s Hotels If your group is looking to get away, then why not get in touch with thier dedicated group booking team who can tell you all about the great value group offers. ey can tailor make a coach holiday to the Devon Hotel in Torquay to and subject to minimum numbers, you can be picked up and transported to your hotel of choice in one of their comfortable and stylish coaches from any location in the UK. eir award-winning and friendly groups team will be on hand to guide you through every step of your group holiday to make sure your group experience is as

peaceful lounges and garden terrace provide a choice of relaxing spaces to unwind aer a day's sightseeing. You can enjoy a walk with a sea view down the hill to the town centre, but if you don't fancy the walk back up the hill, there is a regular bus service that stops at the hotel. ere's also a Blue Flag beach just a 10 minute stroll away. For Full details of all their holidays visit

smooth and straight forward as possible. Whether it's assisting with a rooming list, confirming pick up points or handling all those little cietais that can really make the difference, their team will be happy to help. Many of these groups travel with us year aer year-in fact many of their groups have more than one break a year with them. Devonshire Hotel in Torquay e Devonshire is an ideal choice for a relaxing stay on the English Riviera. e hotel occupies a beautiful 1900's building set atop a hill overlooking the Tor Bay and the hotel gardens. e hotel boasts an outdoor heated pool which is available in the summer (open May-Sept). While the

No two places are the same in South Devon and you can easily and quickly travel between coastal communities and rural locations, visit the moors and a beach, discover historical sites or visit up market shopping centres all within the same day.

member of the family – and dogs are welcome too!

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Visit Dartmouth The beautiful town of Dartmouth situated on the mouth of the River Dart e beautiful town of Dartmouth situated on the mouth of the River Dart is one of South Devon’s most popular and enchanting towns. With its charming historic streets, scenic river location and surrounded by South Devon countryside you have to go a long way to find a town as pretty. e beauty of the landscape, the historical buildings, and the exceptional local produce all make Dartmouth the perfect group destination.

e River Dart is the ideal water sports playground sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boat trips and more are all on offer - you can even learn to surf at one of the nearby beaches, or spend a lazy day enjoying the views. One of the country’s top beaches Blackpool Sands is just a short drive from Dartmouth and is not to be missed. Dartmouth is full of history and heritage, no trip to Dartmouth would be complete without visiting Dartmouth Castle, or Agatha

Christie's Greenway National Trust Holiday Home. Dartmouth is very accessible by water, catch one of the many ferries and head there from Torquay or Totnes or


just enjoy a trip around the river mouth. You could even catch the steam train from Kingswear for a nostalgic trip through the South Devon Countryside. For more information on things to see and do for groups in Dartmouth please visit

Destination Plymouth Welcome to Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City

Plymouth has an impressive waterfront which is completely unmissable. With quaint, historic spots, delicious food and drink and beautiful natural spaces to enjoy, there’s

plenty to explore. Benefitting from a variety of transport access points from land, sea and air, Plymouth is the perfect destination for group day trips and short breaks. Plymouth is home to some incredible group friendly attractions, with something for everyone to enjoy - from the UK's largest aquarium to historical boat trips around Plymouth Sound and exciting museums like e Box which can offer some inciteful Curator Tours, plus a visit to the famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, to see how this world-famous gin is

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Welcome to Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, here you’ll discover hundreds of years of history, from Sir Francis Drake to the Mayflower Pilgrims and the story of a city rebuilt aer World War II, alongside vibrant arts and culture, incredible food and drink and the most incredible views you’ll see anywhere in the South West.

made and learn about the history. e city has an interesting and varied maritime history, and there are some fascinating local sites to be visited in the area


WWW.VISITPLYMOUTH.CO.UK/TRAVELTRADE Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city packed full of group friendly attractions, accommodation, activities, shopping, entertainment and sightseeing.


dating from the 15th century onwards such as the famous Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrims set sail in 1620. ey have some great itineraries for your groups showcasing the Mayflower story in city and their rich maritime heritage. For more information on things to see and do, group friendly accommodation and itinerary ideas for groups please visit their new Groups and Travel Trade website traveltrade

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Visit Exeter Tony Cobley Photography

With a touch of buzzy, big city atmosphere and a thriving arts scene, Exeter is one of the most vibrant cities in the south west.

Its compact size means it is easy to explore on foot, with narrow historic streets, wonderful architecture and fascinating heritage attractions to discover along the way. Start at the magnificent Cathedral. Dating back 900 years, it is one of England's most beautiful medieval cathedrals and one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture in this country. It is most famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings and the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. e Quayside is a ten-minute stroll away, an ideal place to try an irresistible Devon cream tea at one of the waterside cafes. Visit the

Custom House Visitor Centre and discover the city’s fascinating 2,000 year-long history, then browse the antique and cra cellars here. ere are plenty of opportunities to get active on the Quayside, hire a bike or canoe to explore Exeter’s ship canal, or scale the south west’s largest indoor climbing wall!

something different to see every visit, from community displays and fine art from the city’s collection, as well as an extensive programme of national touring exhibitions, talks, workshops and activities.

Red Coat Guided Tours of the city operate daily and can be pre-booked for groups. ese walking tours are the perfect way to explore Exeter, by discovering the city's sites of interest and hidden treasures. A variety of tours are available, each one focusing on a different aspect of Exeter's history, from ghosts and legends to the city’s forgotten history.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) should not be missed. ere’s more in Exeter’s award-winning museum than you might imagine, its 16 galleries of displays take visitors on a voyage of discovery from prehistory to the present day and from Exeter all around the world. With three special exhibition spaces, its changing programme means there is likely to be

Discover how clean water was transported through the city during Medieval times at the fascinating Exeter 44

Underground Passages. Visit the heritage centre before your guided tour, packed with interactive exhibits and interpretation. Cast your eyes around St Nicholas Priory, one of Devon’s oldest dwellings, or pay a visit to the University, home to rare plants and sculptures. ere are new plays to catch at Exeter Northcott, or the latest in contemporary art at Exeter Phoenix. In Exeter, literature is an important part of our culture - the city became the only UK destination in 2019 to be awarded UNESCO City of Literature status! Head to Exeter Cathedral and admire the Exeter Book, a 10thcentury anthology of Anglo-Saxon poetry and riddles, explore the Devon and Exeter Institution’s two unique libraries filled with historic books or explore the Custom House Visitor Centre, home to a number of Quay Words Writers-InResidence, and learn some fascinating facts about the history of the area. Enjoy some well-deserved ‘you time’ at the brand-new rooop GAIA Spa at St Sidwell’s Point, now open! Melt away tension with the sauna, saunarium, salt vapour room, drench and monsoon showers, spa pool, heated

High Street runs parallel to Princesshay and the Cathedral area, and features all the popular store names, including a large John Lewis. e Guildhall and Harlequins undercover shopping centres are home to more high street names and small individual businesses.

cluster of specialist shops and fine restaurants.

e West Quarter is full of quirky unusual shops situated in attractive historic buildings and interesting arcades, leading downhill towards the River Exe. On the edge of Exeter's city centre lies Magdalen Street, great for local food and drink, and just 4 miles from Exeter, the estuary town of Topsham offers an eclectic

Exeter is enjoying a food and drink revolution with more and more great eating establishments opening in the city – it is now renowned as one of the top dining destinations in the south west. Head to Queen St Dining for international cuisines and a street food

market. Princesshay has the popular big name restaurants, or head to the Cathedral Quarter or Gandy Street for cafes and teashops in charming historic buildings, restaurants and bistros with great views and independent restaurants serving top quality Devon produce.

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Explore independent shopping quarters and browse popular high street brands. At the heart of the city is the award-winning Princesshay Quarter with a great choice of shops, cafes and restaurants. Head to the Cathedral Quarter to find classic independent shops, and don't miss the cobbled Gandy Street with its trendy clothing and jewellery shops. It's just off High Street in the

Castle Quarter which is also home to the famous Cavern Club and Exeter Phoenix.

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stone beds and foot spas. Enjoy organic GAIA treatments; from crystal facials to restorative body scrubs, to hot stone massages and group pamper packages – all designed to nourish your mind, body and soul. St Sidwell’s Point is the first leisure facility in the UK to be built to the ultra-energy efficient Passivhaus standard.


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Admire the endless natural beauty that surrounds Exeter. On one side, the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, on the other, the mystical moors of Dartmoor National Park. www.visitexeter. com/things-to-do/ group-visits

there are delicatessens and markets offering seasonal local food - pick up a delicious pie or pasty from the Exeter Farmers Market every ursday. Follow the Exeter Food & Drink Trail to discover the wealth of local produce in this region.

Many of Exeter's pubs have been serving visitors and locals for hundreds of years you can taste real ales and fine wines in the historic pubs around the Cathedral Yard and High Street, reputed to have once been frequented by Sir Francis

Drake and Charles Dickens. ere are also smart wine bars in the city, nestled amongst independent boutiques. Whatever the weather, whatever your taste, there's food for every occasion. 46


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From Easter Monday to the end of October (Monday’s, Wednesday’s & Thursday’s). Minimum group size 20 people. Fascinating house tours, beautiful gardens, wonderful views & delicious homebaking.

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This drawing is dedicated to my friend Bill Lovell who painstakenly restored this building throughout the 1960s 70s I hadthe priveledge of of working with Bill at the time.

Visit the historic city of Exeter in the heart of Devon, to experience its 2,000 year history, beautiful quayside and top quality food & drink.

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Spotlight on... some of the best on offer inland and around Exeter ‘Architecture as theatre’ in the heart of Devon Recently described by Simon Jenkins in e Guardian as “architecture as theatre,”* Exeter Cathedral has stood at the heart of Devon for nearly a thousand years. Aweinspiring beauty and a fascinating history makes it a popular group travel destination, and Trip Advisor’s top-ranked ‘thing to do in Devon.’** Visitors can explore the building and learn more about Exeter Cathedral’s history with a choice of

entertaining tours (including roof tours), and audio guides in English, French, Italian and German. ey can discover a unique gi collection in the Cathedral Shop, and enjoy locallyproduced drinks and refreshments at the Ten Fiy café.

treasures dating back over a thousand years.

For a truly unique experience, the cathedral hosts a vibrant calendar of events, performances, exhibitions and inclusive services to suit all tastes. Groups can also make an appointment to visit the Library & Archives and see

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Special admission rates for groups of ten or more start at £5.50 per person for an unguided visit, or £6 to include a standard tour. Special tours are available from £8 per person.

Further information about coach parking near Exeter Cathedral can be found at * e towers and the glory: Simon Jenkins’ favourite cathedrals in Europe, e Guardian, 13 November 2021. ** Trip Advisor ‘ings to Do in Devon’ ranked by traveller favourites, 27 April 2022. Royal Albert Museum Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. e displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and

We are Making History! Visit Exeter’s awardwinning museum and be a part of Devon and Exeter’s long, rich history. FREE ENTRY Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX Visit Call 01392 265858 email


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global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and the World Cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the world. Fieen galleries of displays take visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day, from Exeter all around the world. With two special exhibition spaces, its changing programme means there is something different to see every visit, from national touring and contemporary shows to fine

art from the city’s collection. Permanent displays draw from the city’s collection including glassware, West Country silver, clocks and watches, local history and archaeology. Exotic animals, birds and butterflies and the World Cultures galleries display stunning items from across the planet.


Situated between Rougemont and Northernhay Gardens, and the city’s busy high street, the splendid Victorian building has full wheelchair access and there’s a light and airy café providing light meals, snacks and drinks and a superb shop. With so much to do and see groups can easily spend 2-3 hours in the museum, and entrance is free.

More than just a boat trip...

Operating throughout the year, come rain or shine! Discover Devon’s dramatic coastlines and the Exe Estuary from the comfort of our modern vessels Discounted group rates and bespoke packages to suit your group’s requirements.

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Welcome to the English Riviera Voted a Top 10 UK Destination, few locations offer as much choice and value for Groups with the English Riviera being a very popular year-round Group Destination.

Babbacombe Model Village With its 4 acres of awardwinning gardens, hundreds of model scenes, vehicles and people. Babbacombe Model Village is one of Europe’s premier model villages. ere’s a tearoom plus a shop.

historic building, an ancient scheduled monument dating back to 1196 set within 18 acres of garden and parkland. Greenway (Holiday Home of Agatha Christie) Greenway, also known as Greenway House, is world famous estate on the River Dart and was once the home of the world’s greatest Crime Writer Agatha Christie and now owned by the National Trust. Visits to the house and stunning riverside gardens are very popular with Groups.

parking on site. Paignton Steam Railway A ‘must-do’ is the hugely popular heritage steam train that runs from Paignton to Dartmouth via foot passenger ferry along the stunning English Riviera coastline passing famous places including Greenway, the holiday home of Agatha Christie. Bygones Victorian Village Bygones is perfect for groups with a life-sized Victorian Street and 3 floors of pure nostalgia. Guided tours are available. e main exhibition on the ground floor is accessible to wheelchairs. Enjoy the station-themed cafe offers light lunches and cream teas.

Cockington Village and Craft Centre Many villages lay claim to being picturesque, but the delightful Devon village of Cockington is the real deal. Take a walk back in time along Cockington’s narrow lanes, lined with thatched houses and you’ll experience a quiet charm that is quintessentially English. Everything about Cockington

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oozes with history – there’s a water mill, a forge and even the cricket pitch was once a medieval deer park. It’s an unforgettable place to visit and now has a quality Cra Centre. Golden Hind Groups will love the full-size replica of Drakes world famous Golden Hind, a splendid 5deck museum ship that takes pride of place in Brixham’s picturesque inner harbour. Brixham is famous for it’s World Class Fish Market, picturesque, coloured cottages and independent shops, cafes and restaurants and a great place to just wader around. Group Accommodation For groups looking for a warm welcome, a great choice of group accommodation in Devon and a wealth of friendly group attractions and facilities and more information about all English Riviera BID Company

For groups looking for a warm welcome, a great choice of group accommodation in Devon and a wealth of friendly group attractions and facilities, the English Riviera and seaside towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham has it all. e English Riviera is a fantastic year-round destination for a group holiday in Devon with accessible Coach parking available across the resort. For groups of all sizes looking for the perfect holiday spot, Devon’s English Riviera really fits the bill with a huge range of attractions ideally suited to your needs. You’ll receive a warm welcome at these worldclass year-round attractions, which include:

Kents Cavern Kents Cavern is one of Europe’s top prehistoric Stone Age caves with an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns open daily all year and a gateway site to the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. ere is a gi shop and large restaurant with views. All groups over 20 get a private tour and there is free coach 50

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within an hour’s drive should you wish to explore further, Devon has so much to offer.

the Group Accommodation available, many of which offer special Group Rates can be found on: ommodation/groupaccommodation

Please remember that the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre is on hand all year-round to help Group Travel Organisers find hotels and help with developing itineraries. ey can provide free copy right images and videos to help you promote the English Riviera. More information can be found on or by calling 01803 211211

the English Riviera with the new South Devon Highway cutting travel times to just over 30 minutes from the end of the M5 at Exeter, making the English Riviera the perfect touring base for a great Group Holiday. Dartmoor National Park, Plymouth and the cathedral city of Exeter are all

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A choice of 12 fantastic hotels spread across 10 locations

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