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The largest town in Mid Devon, attracting visitors for echoes of the past including a romantic castle, and horse-drawn barge trips on the idyllic Grand Western Canal


Grand Western Canal
Tiverton is the largest town in Mid Devon and attracts visitors looking for echoes of the past, including a romantic castle and horse-drawn barge trips on the idyllic Grand Western Canal.

The River Exe at Tiverton
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Find out more about Tiverton’s rich heritage at the award-winning Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life. The town’s most famous building is Tiverton Castle, a royal fortress with a turbulent history, commissioned in 1106 by Henry I. Take a horse-drawn barge trip on the Grand Western Canal, a wonderful relaxing place to enjoy the rich heritage of yesteryear and abundance of wildlife and scenic landscape that characterise the canal today.
Nearby, visit one of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses at National Trust Knightshayes. For locally made pottery and ceramics visit Bickleigh Mill, one of Devon’s largest rural shopping centres and home to an historic 18th century working water mill.
Occupying a strategic position on two rivers, the Exe and the Lowman, brought Tiverton wealth as a flourishing textile town, resulting in many fine buildings. These include the Jacobean Great House of St. George, and the fantastic Parish Church of St. Peter with its remarkable frieze of merchant vessels with billowing sails.
Tiverton has a great selection of interesting shops, while countless bargains can be found at the varied markets of the recently restored historic Pannier Market including a Farmer's Market on the third Wednesday of each month.
On the outskirts of Tiverton lies the Grand Western Canal with an amazing 24 bridges along its 11-mile stretch. Built originally to transport lime, it is now a beauty spot with yellow flags and arrowhead, darting dragonflies, coots, mallards, and moorhens with pleasant walking along the towpath, or trips afloat on gaily painted barges drawn by magnificent shire horses, courtesy of the Tiverton Canal Co.

Grand Western Canal at Tiverton
Visitor Information
Tiverton Tourist Information Centre, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, EX16 6LU, Tel: 01884 255827

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