Located in the heart of Devon and set within rolling hills, Tiverton sits alongside the River Exe. Known affectionately as ‘Tivy’ by the locals, it boasts a long association with the wool and cotton trade, dating back as far as the 16th century. Much of Tiverton’s rich heritage can still be witnessed today; the 200 year old Coldharbour Mill is located nearby and is open to visitors who wish to learn more about the town’s industrious past.
Tiverton can boast some of the best transport links in the whole of the county. The first station that the main train line in and out of the county reaches is Tiverton Parkway. Also the M5 passes nearby making this an easy destination to reach before exploring the rest of the county.
Passing through the centre of the town is the Grand Western Canal. This 11 mile stretch of waterway is the perfect way to explore the surrounding countryside. You can take a relaxing walk beside the canal or hop on a bike and cycle alongside the waterway. If you prefer to be at the heart of the canal you can hire a boat and explore the water at a leisurely pace. The most unique method of travelling on the canal is by a horse drawn barge, one of the last remaining of its type in the UK.
There is plenty to do while in Tiverton with the Devon Railway Centre nearby. The interactive centre is fantastic family day out with trains to ride, control and even a soft indoor play area. The stunning National Trust house, Knightshayes lies on the outskirts of the town, while in the heart of the town is Tiverton Museum with artefacts from Mid Devon life dating back to the late 19th century. During your visit to Tiverton, you will also be afforded the opportunity to explore the wonderful 12th Century Tiverton Castle which was originally built by order of Henry I.
Every year above the town you’ll spot hot air balloons dominating the skyline as the annual Tiverton Balloon and Music Festival takes place. On the ground, the best of local musicians take to the stage keeping the crowds entertained. If you want to take to the sky yourself you can with Aerosaurus Balloons providing flights over the county all year round.
The most unique method of travelling on the canal is by a horse drawn barge, one of the last remaining of its type in the UK.
Tiverton has a busy town centre full of shops and cafés for a day out and restaurants and bars to spend the evening in. With the Devon countryside just a stone’s throw away you can enjoy a hearty Devonshire meal in a country pub, washed down by a local beer or ale.
There is a popular pannier market that operates in the town Monday – Saturday with different stalls popping up throughout the week. You can grab some fantastic local produce in the market including local meats, fruit, vegetables, produce and cheese.