Horse Drawn Barge Trips

The Horse-Drawn Barge...
"A little bit of Heaven in Devon"  

Being one of the last remaining Horse-Drawn Barges in Great Britain, a trip on the “Tivertonian” offers a truly unique and memorable living heritage experience of a time before steam . . Expect a magical time on your trip getting to know the staff, heavy horses, barge and wildlife. You and your family will have a wonderful time :)

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.

Public Trips

Information for Public Trips.

Opening Times and booking information for the general public.


Information for Group Bookings at Tiverton Canal

Information for groups.

Private Hire

Information about Barge Private Hire

Information about private hire during the day or the evening.

Coach Tour Operators

Information for Coach Tour Operators

Information for Coach Tour Operators.

Educational Visits


Information for Schools and other educational groups.


What do people say about the Horse-Drawn Barge? . . .

Lyn Holmes, Exmouth U3A, 20 July 2019 . . .Just a quick line to thankyou for a very enjoyable trip on the canal. All of your staff were excellent especially Stephanie ,we enjoyed the quiet time especially taking you back to no phones. . .We would like to book another trip next year Thanks again.

Tracey Morgan 2 July 2019:  
It is a blissful, gorgeously peaceful 2 hours of nature & total relaxation. Wonderful friendly crew, just a perfect day which we cannot recommend highly enough. If you want to escape the rat race for 3 hours here is where you need to go. Absolute perfection. Our thanks to everyone for the perfect day out.

Amanda Allen, 2019:  
A throughly enjoyable experience. The staff were amazing and so welcoming. The boat was beautiful clean and well maintained, snacks / drinks on board and of course duck food! 
We booked in advance, I’d recommend booking in advance. 
Highly recommended well worth the money !

Paula Parkin,  May 2019:
Recently celebrated my 60th Birthday on the barge, Skipper Stephanie and her crew know exactly how to give you the best experience ever, the barge is exceptionally clean, even the toilet is spotless, bar on board is well stocked and there are crisps if you are feeling a bit peckish. You are well informed about the canal and your trip when you board, so if you haven’t booked yet you are missing out on a lovely trip down the canal and back.

Helen Mike Connolly, June 2019: 
What a lovely day we had such friendly staff, lots of interesting information given. thank you

Nicky Noyce June 2019:
Just simply the most relaxing evening iv had in years , perfect, enjoyable , totally recommend... 
a big thankyou to you all.

Nick Harris June 2019:
 A very lovely evening on the horse drawn barge with fish and chip's half way through.
Stephanie the skipper and George the horse were definitely the stars of the show. 😀

Horse-Drawn Barge Video

Showing Tivertonian and the magical peace and tranquility of a Horse-Drawn trip on the stunning Grand Western Canal.   (Turn up the sound!)