Attractions Reopening for Summer
Summer’s on its way, so if you’re planning a visit to our beautiful part of the World, or are a local looking for inspiration for fun activities, these five attractions are only open during the summer months.
Tiverton’s castle reopens Easter Sunday for visitors. Open then on from 2:30pm – 5:30pm on Sundays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays until the end of October. Originally built in 1106 by order of Henry I, and later rebuilt and much enlarged in the 13th and 14th centuries, Tiverton Castle was once home of the powerful medieval Earls of Devon and of a Plantagenet Princess. With later additions and alterations down the centuries all periods of architecture from medieval to modern can be seen, with beautiful walled gardens within the romantic ruins.
Famous for being one of the last working horse-drawn barges in Great Britain, Tiverton Canal Company reopens for barge trips and refreshments in its floating café ‘The Duck’s Ditty‘ from 15th April. Located on the beautiful Grand Western Canal, Tiverton Canal Co is truly one of Great Britain’s unique Living Heritage Tourist Attractions that offers an enjoyable family day out for everyone that loves canals, history, boats, horses, wildlife and water.
Normally open April to October, with the barge running to a timetable (see www.tivertoncanal.co.uk for times). Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays) and Fridays (except during July and August).
Devon Railway Centre
This fun-filled family railway attraction reopened for the summer season on 9 April and runs on selected dates through to October. Devon Railway Centre is a popular Devon tourist attraction which offers a unique railway experience and boasts a host of attractions in one location. Discover a model railway exhibition, an Edwardian model village and crazy golf.
The Play Shed houses a fantastic railway-themed soft play area; great fun for our younger visitors. Enjoy a visit to the museum housed in a former BR carriage. Find out about the history of the site and play the interactive train games!
This wildlife sanctuary offers a rare and magical experience for all who love being at one with the beauty and tranquility of unspoiled & undisturbed nature. Hidden within an idyllic bluebell wood with glorious Exmoor nearby, watch in awe from a purpose built hide as these beautiful creatures forage, eat and play right before your very eyes, almost within touching distance.
Devon Badger Watch is open evenings, Monday to Saturday from April to October inclusive. The start time can vary slightly throughout the year, but it is usually 7:30pm.
Downes Estate (House and Gardens)
Downes is the historic home of General Sir Redvers Buller VC and includes a small museum to celebrate this. Built in 1692, the property is Grade II Listed and sits in rolling parkland. Originally constructed of red brick by Moses Gould, the property was faced with Beer Stone by James Buller in 1794 before undergoing extensive changes during the 19th Century.
Opening from 18 April, the house is available to the public for guided tours at 2:15pm daily during set weeks up to September. Please see www.downesestate.co.uk for dates and booking information.
BONUS Attraction: Diggerland
Having been closed since September 2021, the Diggerland Devon theme park is reopening for visitors on 28 May. Diggerland will normally be open throughout the year.