Your day begins as soon as you step ashore when you are met by your personal guide from Cornish Welcome Tours with their special knowledge and love of Devon and Cornwall.
We travel by car along the coast of Devon to the ancient town of Totnes. This is one of Devon’s gems with a rich cultural and historical and archaeological heritage. It is the second oldest borough in England and is full of interest for the visitor. The town is an architectural feast for those interested in historic buildings with fine examples dating back to Norman, Medieval and Tudor times and there is a fine Norman Castle, ancient Guildhall and Church. There is much to see and visit in this fascinating town with delightful shops for arts, crafts and unusual gifts; There are regular outdoor markets and on Tuesdays in the summer there is an Elizabethan market where local traders dress in period costume.
We spend the morning in Totnes exploring the castle which was constructed at a time when feudal landlords ruled over a simple medieval society. Totnes castle was one of the first stone castles in Devon and is one of the largest examples of a motte-and-bailey castle in England. The castle remains remarkably intact to this day as it never received the kind of battering usually suffered by castles in the middle ages.
Following our visit to the castle we retire to a traditional English inn beside the River Dart for an enjoyable lunch.
After lunch we visit the town itself. We start our afternoon at the quay and head up Fore Street which rises steeply into the town centre, passing beneath the East Gate Arch – a splendid Tudor structure. On the way we shall pass many fine examples of 16th and 17th century merchant’s houses including the restored Elizabethan House which serves as the town museum.
Nearby is the Guildhall, a well preserved 16th century building also well worth a visit. The building which was constructed in 1533 still serves as the council chamber and visitors can see the Totnes’ Old Jail and the table used by Oliver Cromwell in 1646.
Our explorations also allow plenty of opportunity for souvenir hunting.
No visit to Devon would be complete without sampling the delights of a traditional Devon Cream Tea which we shall partake in one of the many excellent tea houses in the town.
After tea we head back to Torquay and your point of embarkation to rejoin the ship where you can relax with happy memories of an unforgettable day.
- The cost of this tour is £131.00 per person based on two people
- For 4 people the cost is £106.00 per person
- For 6 people the cost is £81.00 per person
The cost includes your tour guide, all motoring costs, entry fees and Devon Cream Tea. Items not included are coffees and drinks, lunch or travel insurance
Tours are also available from the following other ports: