The 8 Best Things to Do in Tiverton, United Kingdom (UK)

March 31, 2018 Flossie Demartino

Discover the best top things to do in Tiverton, United Kingdom (UK) including Grand Western Canal, Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, Knightshayes court, Devon Railway Centre, Devon Badger Watch, Tiverton Castle, St Peter's Church, Yearlstone Vineyard.
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1. Grand Western Canal

The Moorings Canal Hill | Canal Hill, Tiverton EX16 4HX, England +44 1884 254072
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4.5 based on 263 reviews

Grand Western Canal

The Grand Western Canal Country Park meanders through 11 1/4 miles of beautiful mid-Devon countryside between Tiverton and Lowdwells (near the Somerset border). Declared a Country Park in 1971 and a Local Nature Reserve in 2005, the canal is a wonderfully relaxing place for a peaceful walk or cycle ride along the towpath, or even take a ride onboard the much-loved horse-drawn barge that has been taking passengers for trips along the canal since 1974. The abundance of wildlife and scenic landscape that characterise the Canal today make it a great place to enjoy walking, cycling, boating, fishing and picnics.

Reviewed By Christopher W

Having been on the Horse Drawn Barge, which is amazing May I add, I wanted to bring my partner to this magical, tranquil and relaxing place. Now that we have a dog it offers a perfect opportunity to take him a walk, and of course I’m sure he loved it!
Having fell in love with this place having seen my first ever Kingfisher bird, heavens did I know that when I return I’d see another 2!!!!
Whilst walking along the canal taking in the breathtaking wildlife and views we saw 2 kingfishers at different parts of the canal!
This place offers so much more than walking, it offers a place of relaxation, benches with memories on to take the weight off and lengths and lengths of path for the dog to run, walk and take in the surrounding!
I would definitely recommend this place for walkers with or without dogs. Even being a picnic as there are loads of picnic benches at the start of the canal. Please bare in mind there is a pay and display meter. Currently at £2 for the day!
Brilliant place, beautiful scenery and even better wildlife

2. Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Beck's Square, Tiverton EX16 6PJ, England +44 1884 256295
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5 based on 113 reviews

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

This is a much loved, award-winning, museum with extensive permanent displays on local history and a lively temporary events and exhibition programme. The museum is proud to be family friendly and was long listed for The Telegraph's Family Friendly Museum Award 2015.The museum is located in the heart of Tiverton, right next to the Beck's Square short stay car park, the bus station and only a few minutes from the long stay carpark.The museum was the Bronze Winner for Small Visitor Attraction award and Access and Inclusivity award at the Visit Devon Awards 2015.

Reviewed By Lynsey P - Cullompton, United Kingdom

I joined a group of school children for a visit to the museum to see their fascinating display of 20th century toys. We was shown around the museum by a group of 4 volunteers who had extensive knowledge of the displays and were so helpful...MoreThank you very much for your review Lynsey. We're very glad you enjoyed our school workshop, and the toys - you came just after we redisplayed our toys so that there are more on display, we're pleased you liked them!

3. Knightshayes court

Knightshayes Court Bolham, Tiverton EX16 7RQ, England +44 1884 254665
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4.5 based on 742 reviews

Knightshayes court

Reviewed By ClaireAdamMoss - Ilfracombe, United Kingdom

We visited Knightshayes on a crisp and chilly winters morning. We arrived a bit early for the house so walked around the Gardens which are amazingly well kept. Lots of information points on different flora and fauna and clear, easy accessible pathways. There are many things to look out for on a walk around the Gardens and looking at the map, there were far more walks to enjoy than we had time for, so there is a good excuse to see Knightshayes in a different season.
The house itself is lovely, beautiful architecture and an imposing sight in the middle of glorious Devon countryside. You can see that the National Trust has it's work cut out restoring this magnificent place to it's former glory. The volunteers were lovely and extremely informative on the history of the house. Unfortunately we missed out on a guided tour but is yet another excuse to return.
We didn't use the restaurant as we had lunch in our campervan but the smells were fantastic and will definitely stop in on our next visit.
Overall we spent a lovely morning at Knightshayes and look forward to returning soon!

4. Devon Railway Centre

Nr Bickleigh Mill | A396-Exeter-Tiverton Rd, Tiverton EX16 8RG, England +44 1884 855671
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4.5 based on 279 reviews

Devon Railway Centre

Jump on Board for train loads of fun! Unlimited train rides, model Railways, model village, indoor play coaches and outdoor play areas all set within a former railway station on the Exe Valley Line

Reviewed By James M - Edinburgh

Went with our grandson ( 2 1/2) and struggled to leave. Lots to do for young children, trains to ride, buttons to press etc. Soft play area. Place next door does a nice lunch and you get a stamp on your hand when you leave so you can go back into the train place after lunch.

5. Devon Badger Watch

Five miles north of Tiverton | Directions Given on Booking, Tiverton, England +44 1398 351506
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5 based on 77 reviews

Devon Badger Watch

A unique opportunity to see wild badgers who come very close to you on their own terms. Walk through beautiful scenery and woodland to a purpose-built hide overlooking the natural sett where you can sit comfortably to observe these fascinating wild creatures. A magical experience.

Reviewed By Rachel L - Exeter, United Kingdom

Had a great time watching these amazing creatures. Really worthwhile, highly recommended. Informative commentary throughout and a beautiful walk through the woods on the way.

6. Tiverton Castle

Tiverton Castle Park Hill | Castle Lodge, Tiverton EX16 6RP, England +44 1884 253200
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Tiverton Castle

Reviewed By helentw - Kuwait City, Kuwait

We stayed in Tiverton Castle, Lower East Court Apartment, for 8 weeks, while we were waiting for our house to be built. What an amazing experience. What could have been a miserable 2 months in a Travel Lodge, turned into a fantastic experience which we will remember forever.
A very spacious apartment for the 3 of us. Furnished with period furniture, in keeping with the property, the apartment is very well-equipped with everything you could possibly need including good Wifi. My husband is a bit of a chef in the kitchen and he was very impressed with the array of pots, pans, dishes, knives and utensils. Probably the best equipped kitchen we have ever had in a self catering property.
The double room is very spacious with excellent storage. Our 3 year old stayed in the twin, where again, there was loads of space for toys. The flat is family friendly with a bath and separate shower and two WCs. There are lots of high up cupboards to store medicines and bleach etc (and it our case Christmas presents!) away from toddling people. The living room is cosy and comfortable with plenty of Seating.
Alison and Angus were very welcoming hosts. Nothing was too much trouble, and we really appreciated the little touches including cake and wine on arrival, fresh flowers every week, and fresh produce from the kitchen garden. We loved our private tour of the castle, and trying on of armour!
The castle itself is a great slice of history and we feel very lucky and privileged to have stayed here. For 8 weeks, my son thought he was Mike the Knight!
It's a great place to stay for a weekend, week or longer. It is a five minute walk into town and close proximity to M25 means Devon, Somerset and Cornwall are all in easy reach.
Highly recommend.

7. St Peter's Church

St Peter Street, Tiverton EX16 6RP, England +44 7946 937333
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

St Peter's Church

Reviewed By jj-the-jetsetter - Dartford, United Kingdom

I love the Book of Common Prayer Communion, and staying in a hotel nearby every year or so, went for a further time on the Sunday, before breakfast. About 20 people there, which is good for this time of day compared to many of the UK churches I visit on my travels. Service seemed a little hurried, but great surroundings and atmosphere in this historic church.

8. Yearlstone Vineyard

Bickleigh, Tiverton EX16 8RL, England +44 1884 855700
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4 based on 45 reviews

Yearlstone Vineyard

Reviewed By RichardVUK - UK

I was full of hope for this "Award winning" vineyard. We did visit on a day of biblical rain which didn't really help, but were only really offered a "Self guide" tour of the vineyard without really any useful or interesting information about the types of vine grown and what types of wine they are used for. The site itself is jaw droppingly beautiful, idyllic even. The vines are well laid out but we were little disappointed to learn that none of the apples from the huge orchard are used for anything and are just allowed to rot. Lunch was a lovely affair on the Terrace under large umbrellas whilst we watched the rain. The food was fine, though there could have been a bit more smoked salmon in the linguine. We had our wine tasting and much as every part of my being wanted to shout yes, British winemakers have done it and are now on a par with the French and the New World, Yearlstone is not quite there yet. We had a bottle of their pink fizz which was nice but at of £20 a bottle cannot really compete with the offerings from Australia or even some of the smaller Champagne Houses which, I am afraid, produce far better wines for the price. I did like the rose though it was very light, a summer day aperitif. Overall I thought the setting so lovely and the staff were enthusiastic, but they could make so much more of the location and the tours really need to be far more informative.

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