Tiverton Canal

Standing on two rivers, the Exe and Lowman, the historic market town of Tiverton was once a major centre for the textile industry.

Things to do

Visit Tiverton Castle – originally built in 1106, it was subsequently rebuilt and enlarged many times over the years. During your visit you can learn more about the history of the Castle and see the walled gardens. While you’re there, try on some English Civil War armour to see how heavy and cumbersome it is.

Explore The Grand Western Canal Country Park – the park meanders through beautiful Mid Devon countryside and quiet villages between Tiverton and the Lowdells Lock. The Canal Basin in Tiverton has a small visitor centre, Tea Gardens and a floating café/bar. You can also take a horse-drawn barge trip along the canal, or hire a boat. The Canal basin is off Canal Hill, which is about a 10 minute walk from the Bus Station or you can catch bus services 352 or 353.

Stop off at Bickleigh on the way to Tiverton – the historic bridge over the River Exe is said to be the inspiration for the song Bridge Over Troubled Water. Next to the River is the Devon Railway Centre and Bickleigh Mill. At the Railway Centre you can enjoy a ride on the miniature railway, see the model railways and model village, or try the crazy golf. Bickleigh Mill has a restaurant and shop with gifts, pottery and crafts. Buses 55, 55A, 55B and 155 pass Bickleigh.

Getting to Tiverton

By bus – From Exeter services 55, 55A, 55B and 155 operate to Tiverton. There are also links from Crediton on service 347, from Cullompton on the 1 and 1A, and from Taunton on the 92A.

If you are travelling from further afield, take the bus to Exeter and then catch the 55 or 155.

By train – you have 2 choices for travel: alight at Tiverton Parkway then catch bus service 1, or travel to Exeter St.Davids and catch the 55B bus.

Use our Interactive Bus Map