Devon & the Tamar Valley


Unique heritage in this lush hidden valley

Secluded along the border between Devon and Cornwall lies the delightful Tamar Valley. The ruined towers of its once significant mining industry have been evocatively reclaimed by the lush natural landscape, which meanders along the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the region is rich in both beauty and history, and provides a haven for a variety of wildlife. Nestled in the region are stunning gardens, refined historic properties and quirky towns, which combine to form the Tamar Valley’s unique heritage.


Historic houses and hidden gems

From £619 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 30 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Suggested Hotel

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

  • Historic Victorian hotel with stunning features
  • Located in Plymouth city centre
  • Award winning restaurant
  • Cosy lounge and two bars
  • Comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


Powderham Castle

The magnificent Powderham Castle dates back to the 14th century, and sits within a picturesque deer park beside the River Exe estuary. The castle’s towers, crenelations, grand state rooms and formal gardens tell the story of its long history as the ancestral home of the Courtenay family.

The Garden House

The Garden House comprises 10 acres of wonderful gardens, situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. The gardens were begun in the 1940s on the site of the graceful former home of the vicars of Buckland Monachorum. The gardens follow a ‘naturalistic planting’ philosophy, and the extraordinary variety of planting ensures interesting and bold blooms throughout the season. The Garden House itself is now home to the tea rooms, which serve a lovely cream tea.

Buckland Abbey (NT)

Founded by the Cistercians and once owned by Sir Frances Drake, this ancient gem is now surrounded by the contrasting Elizabethan, Cider House, Kitchen and Abbey gardens. It has a striking Great Barn and enjoys wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Saltram (NT)

This magnificent and imposing mansion dates back to the early Georgian era. Overlooking the River Plym, it sits within acres of rolling parkland. The elegant Palladian façades shelter an incredible collection of paintings, including several by Joshua Reynolds, and the ornately crafted interiors are accentuated by sumptuous furnishings.

Greenway Ferry

Take to the water on a pleasure cruise to explore the beautiful River Dart. Beginning in Dartmouth, the on-board commentary introduces the historical houses, castles, quaint villages and wildlife that can be seen from the river, and takes you to Greenway House – home of the late Agatha Christie.

Greenway House (NT)

Having arrived by boat at Greenway Quay, stroll up through the woods to discover this atmospheric house which was the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie. Filled with 1950s Christie memorabilia and the family’s extensive collections of artefacts, it’s the perfect place to learn about the great author and her family life. Wander through the lovely gardens to the Boathouse, which served as the scene of the crime in Dead Man’s Folly.

The Box Plymouth

Explore Plymouth’s fascinating past and present at The Box Plymouth, an award-winning museum, art gallery and archive. The series of galleries and exhibition spaces showcase international and local significance through thought-provoking collections, programmes and commissions.

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Sailing from the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, explore the beautiful Devon and Cornish coasts on this 1 hour scenic harbour cruise. Take in the Plymouth Sound, Plymouth Hoe and Drake’s Island, heading to the Royal Naval Dockyard and back.

Exeter Cathedral & Bishop’s Palace Tour

Visit the magnificent Exeter Cathedral and explore the public rooms of the historic Bishop’s Palace. On the 90 minute Bishop’s Palace Tour, see inside Devon’s oldest inhabited home which has been lived in by bishops since the 13th century and admire the delightful gardens.


Killerton (NT)

One of Devon’s great estates, Killerton is an 18th century house filled with treasures and surrounded by marvellous gardens. Within the house, the Killerton collection is known for its abundance of 18th – 20th century dress and accessories. Outside, the extensive grounds combine formal and informal gardens, an Iron Age hill fort and an extinct volcano.

Eden project

Eden Project - a unique and dramatic garden housed in tropical biomes.

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park

The historic Mount Edgcumbe House, first built in the 1500s, is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. It is set in Grade I Cornish gardens within 865 acres of Country Park on the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall.

Plymouth Gin Distillery

The oldest working gin distillery in England, Black Friars Distillery has been the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793. The distillery tour includes an introduction to the centuries old Plymouth Gin distillation process and a tutored tasting of Plymouth Gin Original and Plymouth Sloe Gin.

Make this tour your own

Great alternative attractions include the Agatha Christie trail in Torquay, or any of the lovely historic houses and gardens in the region.

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