About Tiverton

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Tiverton possesses its very own castle, originally built in the 11th Century but later adapted in the 13th and 14th centuries. A victim of General Fairfax, a lucky canon shot hit and destroyed much of the castle. It was redesigned as a fortified manor house in the 17th century. It has been the home to powerful medieval Earls of Devon and even a Plantagenet Princess. It is now a private family home but is open to the public on selected days during the week, containing a pretty courtyard garden and an extensive armour collection.

The town centre is proud of its independent traders with Gold Street being celebrated as its independent quarter. This trendy street with architecture dating back to the 1600's hosts a plethora of cultural experiences, offering restaurants, cafes, art galleries, specialist boutiques and high end gift wares.

The Mid Devon Leisure Centre is located close to the town centre and offers a state of the art fitness studio complete with large satellite TV to entertain you, along with a swimming pool and tennis courts.

The iconic Knightshayes Court National Trust Property can be located a mile from the town centre, this eccentric Victorian gothic revival house surrounded by parkland was the home of the Heathcoat-Amory's and contains a formal garden, woodland and renowned kitchen walled garden.

Tiverton boasts both a town trail and a tree trail which lead the visitor on a tour of the town's heritage and journey of discovery of its ancient trees, information regarding both of these can be sourced from the town's Tourist Information Centre based in the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life.

The museum is itself award winning and contains a host of local artefacts, rural and agricultural equipment, and houses the famous "Tivvy Bumper" steam train complete with a mock-up of the train station. Children are welcome to step aboard this charming engine and imagine what it must have felt like to have stoked its engine and sounded its whistle.

The historic Pannier Market building is located at the core of the town, this plays hosts to general markets during weekdays and award winning night street food market events monthly during the summer season. It is also an important community hub hosting one off specialist events throughout the year.