Exmouth is situated on the estuary of the River Exe and is Devon's oldest seaside resort. Today it offers a rich mixture of clean golden sand, colourful and well-kept gardens and a bustling harbourside. Its two mile long promenade provides a range of activities suited to different tastes, ranging from boating, amusements and crazy golf to dancing and entertainment at the Exmouth Pavilion.
Inland, there are boat trips along the estuary to enjoy the unique architecture, wildlife and riverside pubs, as well as an outstanding miniature railway and an excellent Country Life centre with falconry displays and tours through its deer park.
The stretch of coastline (the Jurassic Coast) from Exmouth to Dorset has been officially ranked alongside the likes of the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef as one of the natural wonders of the world. Its rugged coastline, towering cliffs and extensive fossil deposits makes the South Devon coast an intriguing and at times, breathtaking spectacle. Also close to Exmouth lie the resorts of Seaton and Sidmouth and the vibrant and historical city of Exeter, with its excellent shops and outstanding cathedral.
Exmouth has good shopping with an indoor market and pedestrianised high street, as well as Georgian pubs and high quality restaurants serving a variety of local and international cuisine. The newly developed yacht harbour and railway station are both within a few minutes' walk of the Cavendish Hotel.
Beach and Gardens
Exmouth's sandy beach is located directly across the road from the Cavendish Hotel. There are well kept parks just a short walk away, including the Strand Gardens and Manor Gardens, both well-known for their beautiful floral displays.
Activities and Attractions
Tourist Information Tel:01395 222299
The World of Country Life Tel:01395 274533
The centre offers a true reflection of country life, as well as entertaining falconry displays and tours through its deer park. Open April to September.
Exmouth Museum Tel:01395 263785
The museum reflects Exmouth's rich social history with varying memorabilia, Victorian kitchen and 1930s-style dining room.
Beer Quarry Caves Tel:01297 680282
There are conducted tours by trained guides describing the 2,000 year history of the caves and the stone used to construct many of England's finest buildings, including Windsor Castle and parts of Westminster Abbey.
Babbacombe Model Village Tel:01803 315315
Thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles capture the essence of England past and present.
Bicton Gardens Tel:01395 568465
Historic Grade One listed gardens contain an excellent variety of plants and shrubs including Italian, American and Mediterranean gardens as well as the tallest Grecian fir ever recorded at an incredible 41m (134ft).
Exmouth Summer Funtime
Runs from July for two weeks with a host of attractions and activities including a funfair, events on the seafront, evening shows and fireworks displays.
Sidmouth Folk Week takes place in the first week in August and includes a host of events such as music, dance, storytelling, pub quizzes and workshops.
Exmouth Kite Festival is held in May at the Imperial Recreation Ground. The festival features hundreds of kites, as well as a funfair, stalls and musical entertainment.
Exmouth Winter Parade
The illuminated procession features many walking entries and large floats and is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
New Year's Eve Fancy Dress Parade
One of the biggest and best fancy dress events in the UK featuring many innovative and amusing costumes.
Held in July with a host of mainly free events, including parades, floats, music and competitions.
Exmouth Christmas Day Swim Hundreds of spectators gather on the beach on Christmas Day to watch this crazy annual tradition!
Held in May, the festival features a range of events such as the Umbrella Parade and Sand Sculptures Competition.
For further information and events please visit:
Places of Interest
Sidmouth is a select resort made famous by the regular visits of Queen Victoria. It is a town of remarkable beauty, with striking red cliffs and exquisite Regency architecture, described by Poet Laureate John Betjeman as "...a town caught still in a timeless charm".
Seaton is a charming little resort with a tramway link that runs along its promenades and a number of small traditional shops.
Exeter is Devon's most historical city and also its principal commercial centre. Visit the famous cathedral and enjoy the city's extensive shopping facilities, or relax in the numerous parks and public gardens.
Torquay is one of Britain's most popular and best loved resorts. Situated at the heart of 22 miles of unspoilt coastline and often referred to as the 'English Riviera', Torquay offers attractions and activities for all ages and budgets.
Paignton is a busy resort with many amenities. The long stretch of sandy beach is backed by a flat promenade which is lined with friendly pubs and cafés. Experience the romance of the age of steam on a seven mile stretch of the Great Western Railway, or visit Paignton Zoo, which has undergone a £6m re-development programme and is home to many rare and endangered species.
Lyme Regis has recently been granted World Heritage Coast status due to its geology and fossil finds. Attractions include the Town Mill, a renovated Victorian water mill and the Philpot Museum, which has displays of local historic and maritime artefacts.
Teignmouth is a historic port which lies at the mouth of the Teign estuary. Teignmouth is a town of two characters; on the seaward side visitors will find all the amenities of a bustling seaside resort, whilst on the estuary side boats rest peacefully in the harbour which is flanked by waterside inns and beach huts. The rest of the town is a mixture of shopping areas, interesting cobbled back streets and pedestrianised precincts.
Dartmoor National Park covers some 370 square miles, making it the largest and wildest area of open countryside in southern England; with thriving market towns, picturesque villages, ancient burial chambers, stone circles, a diverse wildlife with many endangered species and rare plants, the area is a nature lover's paradise.