Discover Tiverton’s rich heritage

Tiverton has a rich and varied history. You can easily see traces of this history by stopping to take a closer look at the many historic buildings in the town and thinking about the stories that lie behind them.

Spend a morning in Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life (pre-booking recommended) getting a glimpse of what life was like for the people of Mid Devon through the ages, stopping for refreshment at the nearby Duck and Bean.

On your way out of the museum pick up a free copy of the Tiverton Merchants’ Trail from Tiverton’s Tourist Information Service and set off for a wander to discover some of Tiverton’s most important buildings and uncover the history hidden within them.

Also available at the Information Service is the West Exe Trail. Follow the display panels and pavement medallions to find out about the town’s industrial past and the influence of the Heathcoat family before heading to their home Knightshayes, overlooking the town and now owned by the National Trust (pre-booking essential). Here you can explore the gardens and parkland and marvel at the facade of the Victorian Gothic house, designed by William Burges. The house is now also partially open to visitors.

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