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The Best of North Devon and West Somerset Railway

8 days - from only £869pp


The Best of North Devon and West Somerset Railway

Enjoy a little luxury on this fantastic extended break to North Devon, staying at The Park Hotel in Barnstaple. With a glamorous, cosmopolitan feel, The Park brings world-class style to the heart of the town, and boasts a range of first-class facilities including beautiful landscaped gardens, a contemporary bar and restaurant, luxurious rooms and a relaxing sun terrace. From here, uncover a forgotten world at Clovelly, an ancient fishing village which clings to the steep cliffside, and admire the pretty gardens of RHS Rosemoor. The highlight of our trip is a nostalgic journey on the West Somerset Railway, where we can relax and watch the scenery roll by whilst enjoying a traditional cream tea!

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  • 7 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 7 evening meals
  • Porterage at the hotel
  • Local joining points

8 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Local departure by coach or Home Connect service, then on to to Barnstaple in Devon, where we will stay for four nights at The Park Hotel.

    Included meals: Dinner

  • Day 2: RHS Rosemoor and Bideford

    Nestled in a Devon valley, RHS Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect. Explore the rose gardens, the long borders, the exotic gardens, and all the seasonal delights at this stunning garden run by the Royal Horticultural Society.

    This afternoon, we then continue to Bideford, a pretty port town on the River Torridge. Here, there are many antique shops scattered amongst the narrow backstreets and alleyways that lead up from the quay and the river.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


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    Included Highlights

    • RHS Garden Rosemoor
    • Bideford
  • Day 3: Clovelly

    Clovelly is a village like no other! This ancient fishing village clings to the 400 foot cliffside, and is famous for having no vehicles – just donkeys and sledges to help the locals make their way up and down the steep cobbled streets. Take your time and leisurely walk down to the harbour, where you’ll find a pebble beach and clear waters to reward you.

    On your way back up, perhaps take a break at one of the pubs here for fresh local seafood or a cream tea, or you may prefer to take one of the local Land Rovers back to the top (extra charges payable locally, subject to availability).

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner



    Included Highlights

    • Clovelly
  • Day 4: West Somerset Railway and Cream Tea

    The West Somerset Railway is true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway and is full of fascination, whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage which the line preserves. One of the best ways to enjoy this journey is with a delicious cream tea on board!

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    West Somerset Railway

    West Somerset Railway

    Included Highlights

    • West Somerset Railway and Cream Tea
  • Day 5: Day at leisure

    Relax in the sumptuous surroundings of The Park Hotel with a day at leisure. Perhaps you’d like to enjoy the sun terrace overlooking Rock Park for cocktails in the sun?

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6: Day at leisure or Lynton and Lynmouth

    Enjoy another day to relax or explore at your own pace.

    Otherwise, why not join our optional excursion to Lynton and Lynmouth? These picturesque twin towns are located on the rugged Exmoor coastline, with bustling Lynmouth on the shore with its busy harbour, and clifftop Lynton offering superb views. The two are connected by the Cliff Railway, the highest and steepest fully water powered Victorian railway in the World (extra charges payable locally)!

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner



    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    • Lynton and Lynmouth

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 7: Ilfracombe

    Ilfracombe has long been a favourite holiday destination with its stunning coastline, award-winning sandy beaches and unique attractions such as a world-famous aquarium, unique Tunnel Beaches, as well as Damien Hirst’s sculpture, Verity. Explore the galleries dotted around the town or head to Fore Street where you’ll find Ilfracombe’s gastronomic hub. There's plenty to do in this charming seaside town!

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner



    Included Highlights

    • Ilfracombe
  • Day 8:

    Return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £159.00 (8 days).


Boasting expertly crafted itineraries and luxurious, handpicked accommodation, enjoy an indulgent escape in the UK's most desirable destinations with The Signature Collection.

Park Hotel

The Park Hotel boasts a spectacular 4-star rating and is one of the premier hotels in North Devon. Part of the Brend Hotels group, previously winner of ‘Hotel Group of the Year’, The Park has seen a multi-million pound upgrade in recent years. Guests can enjoy stylish bedrooms, beautiful landscaped gardens, and superb cuisine in the Seasons Brasserie and drinks in the Seasons Bar – both of which offer extensive and varied menus. There is the stunning sun terrace which overlooks Rock Park and is perfect for al fresco dining or cocktails in the sun, and guests have complimentary use of the leisure facilities of the Barnstaple Leisure Club at The Park's nearby sister hotel, The Barnstaple, for free. This includes their indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, as well as their state-of-the-art fitness suite. Exceptional and luxurious, The Park Hotel exudes real quality and excellent standards of service.

Most popular facilities

  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wifi

Hotel Facilities

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  • Room Service Available


  • 4 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Room Amenities

  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-Smoking Rooms Available
  • Free Wifi


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Additional Information

Single Room Supplement from £159.00 (8 days).

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