(pictured above) Shire horse Prince, Ray Brind and Jesse on an afternoon trip.
The Horse-Drawn Barge . . . "A little bit of Heaven in Devon"
Being one of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in the UK, a trip on the “Tivertonian” offers a truly unique and memorable experience of yesteryear for you and your family to enjoy!
This beautiful wide beam, 75-seater horse-drawn Barge operates to Timetable from 1st April to 31st October with daytime Public Trips. It is also available for Private Hire during the day and evenings.
The Fastest Way to Slow Down!
Our most loved and popular trip is a 2½ hr return where the barge travels for one hour to East Manley, turns around and then moors up, allowing you the opportunity to take a short walk to see the aqueduct (designed by Brunel's team of railway engineers), or talk to the horse as he rests for a while under the shade of a tree.
During your special journey, you will hear memorable tales, anecdotes and historical facts about the horse-drawn barge and the Grand Western Canal. There is often two minutes silence, where the peace and tranquility of travelling by horse-drawn barge can be fully appreciated.
A horse-drawn barge trip can also be purchased as a Gift Voucher and given as a gift to a friend or someone you love. (Gift vouchers can be for one or multiple persons.)
You may also like to know we have a lovely Gift Shop to look around on the day.
All Weather Barge!
The fantastic design of the horse-drawn barge means we are in action no matter what the weather! Large sliding picture windows can be raised or lowered dependent on the weather and time of year.
Tiverton Canal Co has three border collies: Mollie, Roxy and Milly. They sometimes come on our trips and ride on the horse's back. Unfortunately we are unable to offer other dogs onto the barge due to a lack of space. (on duty Assistance dogs only, by prior arrangement)
Onboard the Barge
The horse-drawn barge has easy access and is carpeted throughout with upholstered seating and modern flush toilet. Disabled access is available with prior arrangement - call Becky on 01884 253345 to arrange this in advance.
Fully Licensed Bar & Shop - (Cash Only, No Cards )
We serve real ales, draught beers and lagers, quality wines, cider, Gin, spirits, old-fashioned soft drinks, tea, coffees, snacks, Marshfield ice cream. (Postcards and souvenirs are also available)
Picture of the Bar/Shop on the horse-drawn barge "Tivertonian"
Video: A trip on the barge video, using still images and backed with classical music.
Video: Children in Need and Pudsey Bear trip on the horse-drawn barge.
What our Customers say about the Horse-Drawn Barge . . .
“Horse-drawn Canal Barge Trip - A Wonderful Experience for All Ages”
Recently we re-visited the Tiverton Canal and, as before, we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon. The scenery, peacefulness, staff, barge, horse, collies and other facilities were excellent. Along the way, Phil gave a lovely commentary and invited us to observe a 2-minute silence to experience the true tranquility of the canal. We listened to the steady clip-clop of Tafy and we were privileged to catch a glipse of a passing kingfisher. We also highly recommend the Tiverton Canal Co website. It is very well put together and definitely will provide you with interesting reading and lots of lovely photos. Thank you, Tiverton Canal Co, we wish you continuing success for the future and we will see you again very soon!
>. Again I write to thank you all for giving me and my party such a wonderful journey along the canal last Friday. Everyone enjoyed every minute of it and are still talking about their memorable day out. It was great seeing you again, Samantha, and I loved the great welcome I received from you. You all deserve every success, for you work so hard to achieve it, but your efforts bring such pleasure and smiles from your passengers and that certainly spells success and the fact you are doing it right - Yvonne de Gruchy
>. A short note to thank all the staff and of course "Taffy" for a lovely time spent on the horse-drawn "Tivertonian" barge on the evening trip Saturday, 8th September. This was a wonderful experience, made special by you all. Every good wish for the future - Mr & Mrs Musgrove, Mrs Wallace, P.J Wallace.
>. Great horse-drawn barge trip for young and old, watching the beautiful scenery as you are gently pulled along by one of three horses, feed the ducks and swans from the barge as you drift along the canal. Beautiful on sunny days, but still enjoyable if rather wet. Excellent commentary from the team as you enjoy the trip made even better by the fact they are in period costume which really adds to the time spent on board. Tip: remember to take polos for your horse power!!! - Simon B
>. Big, big thank you to all at Tiverton Canal for our very special trip!! Our party/gang had a wonderful time and are still talking about what a great price it was. Sian loved singing on the barge and we look forward to more trips :-) Thanks again
>. 48 of us had a fantastic trip on the canal. The previous evening Phil, Jacqui and Sam joined us for dinner at the Tiverton Hotel (highly recommended). Phil gave us a very interesting talk after dinner, with slides, stories and titbits. The talk was very beneficial and enhanced our enjoyment of the canal trip the next morning. The enthusiasm which this family feel for the canal is very obvious, as is their desire to preserve the business and the horse-drawn barge for future generations. We would recommend this trip, with or without the after dinner talk, to other holiday organisers - Hazel G (Group Organiser)
Dawn Stone Chapman
>. Amazing experience, I remember going here with my school back in the 70s and held fond memories of my trip. A couple of years ago I took my daughter back and wasn't disappointed, what a wonderful experience, loved every minute of it :0) - Meryl Tanton
>. I like the trips it is worth the money it is nice to relax and have a nice trip up the river pulled by the loverly horse I went on three times, so go and get your friends and family along - Liz and Ken Farley
>. Tiverton Canal Co: a great local attraction - Paula Clements
>. A very enjoyable day, especially the two minute silence as we drifted through the woods; the only noise was the water lapping against the side of the boat and the clip clip of the horse's hooves - Liz Hembrow
>. A super day out on the canal barge yesterday. Thanks for making it so enjoyable - Stuart McFarlane
>. What a lovely day we had on the barge today - highy enjoyable and will be doing it again soon - Bernard Quatermass
>. Thanks very much for a wonderful experience, I had planned the trip as a special surprise for Mum and Dad and they were not disappointed. Thanks to all the team and Dandy for a great trip - something that Mum and Dad and myself will remember fondly. So once again thanks and keep up the good work - Bob Waters
>. I wanted to tell you how pleased I was with our lovely barge trip on Saturday. All the staff were wonderful, my guests have all told me what a great time they had. The fish and chips couldn't have been better! My sincere thanks to all involved, especially Dandy! - Linda Davies.
>. Hi, came to your lovely canal barge during Easter week with a coach load. What can I say, the weather was very kind and all the staff were just magic. It would be unfair to single out any particular one, so I won't, except for the biggest poser and the biggest member of staff, dear old "Taffy". I could go on all day, but suffice it to say I will return for sure. Many many thanks for a great afternoon out - Dave Jack
>. Little piece of Heaven on Earth! - Sean Loftus
>. Just to say thank you to Dave, Tim, Sam, Roxy and of course the gorgeous "Taffy" for the lovely afternoon aboard the Tivertonian and the calm way you dealt with my poorly passenger. I was a child last time I took a trip on the barge so it was lovely to come back today with my two little ones... Still amazed they kept quiet for the two-minute silence - Sharon Courtny
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