East Devon holiday guide


East Devon is a beautiful place to visit and has a wealth of beautiful countryside and coastal scenery. With top events and lots of activities throughout the year, there is something for the whole family.


Sidmouth

Use our online guide to discover top towns and villages, plan family days out with the What's On Guide, visit stunning beaches and find out a bit more about local history.


East Devon Holiday News

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

England’s first natural World Heritage site, and named the Jurassic Coast, the coastline from Exmouth in East Devon to Swanage in Dorset has a wonderful variety of south facing beaches, from the two miles of golden sands at Exmouth to the red sandstone of Sidmouth, the white cliffs of Beer, and the wonderful collection of fossils at Lyme Regis. There is a beach to suit all ages and tastes, and the details below can help you make your choice.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Jurassic Coast

The striking Exmouth coastline. Visitors to the stunning coastline that is the Jurassic – or World Heritage – Coast, England’s only natural world heritage site stretching for 95 miles from Swanage in the east to Orcombe Point in Exmouth in the west, take a walk through time as the slope of the rock strata reveal 185 million years of the earth’s geological history, covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Whether you are a local or a visitor, you can be sure of the best advice at East Devon's Tourist Information Centres (TICs). TICs are run by friendly, experienced staff who know the local area really well and often have extra knowledge you won't find in guide books. The centres don't just provide information, they also offer a wide range of services, and are able to help you with:

Places to visit

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The inscription on Budleigh Salterton’s coat of arms reads Beau Sejour, which means ‘Have a beautiful stay’. This picturesque town, which boasts two miles of pebble beach, with its colourful fishing boats, and delightful walks along the River Otter, which reaches the bay with a backdrop of striking cliffs, is an ideal place to start a tour of East Devon.

Topsham

Thursday, April 15, 2010
The austere, stone-clad St Nicholas Church.

Situated on the bank of the attractive River Exe between the seaside resort of Exmouth and the City of Exeter, the picturesque town of Topsham has been featured in countless photographs and paintings over the years. It is a fascinating place to visit, with a wide variety of architectural styles to admire, and a superb range of shops and eating places.

Exmouth

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Relaxing in the Manor Gardens

Whatever your age there is sure to be something to entertain and relax you – rain or shine – in East Devon’s largest town. Exmouth is renowned for its two miles of golden sand, offering spectacular views across the Exe estuary, and is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site.

Axe Valley

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Axmouth Harbour

If you are seeking the best countryside and coastal scenery East Devon has to offer, the Axe Valley is the place to visit.

Axminster

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Axminster is the ideal base for exploring the beautiful countryside

Surrounded by stunningly beautiful countryside, the ancient market town of Axminster is situated just five miles inland from the coastal resorts of Seaton and Lyme Regis.

Beer & Branscombe

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Beer’s lovely sheltered bay

Beer is a delightful fishing village and is a joy to visit – with a backdrop of soaring white cliffs, it is situated in a lovely sheltered bay with a pebbled beach, and there is much sailing and fishing activity to enjoy watching.

Seaton

Thursday, April 15, 2010
The beach at Seaton.

Enjoying a wonderful setting at the mouth of the lovely River Axe, and sheltered by the white cliffs of Beer Head and the red sandstone of Haven Cliff, the town of Seaton appeals to all ages, and is a very popular holiday venue.

Lyme Regis

Thursday, April 15, 2010
The beach at Lyme Regis and the Cobb breakwater

Where Devon meets Dorset you will find the fascinating and welcoming town of Lyme Regis, now officially part of England’s first natural World Heritage Site and renowned for its historic fossils and as the birthplace of modern geology.

Colyton & Colyford

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Picture postcard Colyton village

Known locally as ‘the small town with a big heart and a warm welcome’, Colyton is situated amid beautiful countryside where the Axe and Coly valleys meet.

Honiton

Thursday, April 15, 2010
The bustling market town

Honiton is a bustling and friendly market town, renowned for many things including beautiful lace, lovely pottery, and one of the finest choices of antiques you could find.

Ottery St Mary

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Church of St Mary is Medieval craftsmanship to saviour.

Surrounded by lovely countryside teeming with wildlife, Ottery St Mary is one of the most welcoming towns you could find.

Sidmouth

Thursday, April 15, 2010
A bird's eye view from Peak Hill to the west of the town.

Situated at the mouth of the River Sid in a beautiful bay backed by striking red sandstone cliffs, Sidmouth has a timeless charm that attracts visitors back year after year.

Newton Poppleford

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Newton Poppleford is a perfect place to relax and take some time exploring. There are many interesting buildings, including the church, village hall and toll house, and there are friendly shops plus many eating places.

Norman Lockyer Observatory

Thursday, April 15, 2010
A visit to the Observatory is a really eye-opening experience

Founded by Sir Norman Lockyer in 1912, the observatory in Sidmouth, on Salcombe Hill, was the centre for astrophysical and geophysical research until the 1980s. Today the observatory is managed and run by volunteers in support of science education for the public, schools and universities.

Dartmoor National Park

Thursday, April 15, 2010

This beautiful area is ideal for everything from just sitting and having a picnic, to walking, cycling and horse riding. The striking moorland begs to be explored, and there are also many attractions in the area.

Killerton House

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Owned by the National Trust, this lovely venue is situated just off the Exeter to Cullompton Road.

Crealy Adventure Park

Thursday, April 15, 2010

This is your chance for the whole family to enjoy all-year, all-weather fun.

Escot Country Park

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Close to Ottery St Mary, Escot is situated just off the main A30 between Exeter and Honiton at Fairmile.

Farway Countryside Park

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Situated at Colyton, the park offers breathtaking views, a woodland nature trail and lots of animals, including pot bellied pigs.

Pecorama

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Family fun and entertainment is guaranteed at Pecorama at Beer.

Landrover Experience Centre

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Some serious challenges await

Discover your spirit of adventure in the world’s leading off-road vehicles at the West Country’s premier off-road experience venue.

East Devon Open Gardens

Thursday, April 15, 2010

For some fine gardens in East Devon collect a copy of the National Gardens Scheme Devon gardens 2005, available at most garden and tourist information centres. The bright yellow cover is easily recognisable and county booklets are printed this year with the new NGS logo that will become very familiar in the future.

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