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Exmouth (England)

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Exmouth [10] is in Devon. Exmouth is Devon’s oldest seaside resort and has a two mile long golden, sandy beach fronting the channel which attracts visitors and locals all year round. At the eastern end of the beach is the beginning of the Jurassic Coast, England's first natural World Heritage Site. The seafront is renowned for its fascinating rock pools, bird life and stunning views across the Exe Estuary.


Exmouth has a wide range of facilities and a wonderful collection of independent shops, beautiful gardens, superb entertainment for all ages plus a wide variety of places to stay, eat and drink and has gradually built a reputation as the place to enjoy water sports, sailing, cycling, fishing, walking, eating out and the many spectacular special occasions the town has to offer. There is a full calendar of events such as the Medieval Christmas Cracker; The New Years Eve fancy dress celebrations, voted one of the UK’s top destinations in which to celebrate and Exmouth Arts Festival (end of May) which has developed over 17 years from a rich, burgeoning arts scene into the vibrant and all encompassing celebration it is today, drawing it’s audience from far and wide. Another regular occasion is the Velo Vintage cycle parade; an eccentric affair, complete with penny farthings, tweed and theatrical, handlebar moustaches!

The town centre piazza is called Strand Gardens is the ideal place to watch the world go by. Strand Gardens have recently undergone a 3 million makeover, as well as hosting the town's War Memorial and also a Farmers' Market.

Once the sun has gone down you can watch the stunning light display around the war memorial as you enjoy a coffee or cocktail al fresco in the cafe quarter. Exmouth has also benefited from the completion of the South West Coast Path, Exe Cycle Trail and an explosion of water sports, from waterskiing to kite surfing, body-boarding and sailing (Steph Bridge, five times world champion Kite Surfer is a resident). The town is surrounded by the wooded, rolling hills of Woodbury Common and is a fantastic base to explore this part of Devon's countryside and coast with many charming, quaint towns and villages nearby.

Get in[edit]

By Foot[edit]

Accessible via the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast.

By Bike[edit]

The Exe Cycle Trail runs around the entire Exe Estuary linking Exmouth, Exeter and Dawlish and offers fantastic views with much to do along the way. A wonderful way to explore the local wildlife and scenery.

By Sea[edit]

The passenger ferry runs from Starcross Pier (over footbridge at Starcross station) to Exmouth Marina, short walk to beach and shops (2nd April - 30th October).

By train[edit]

Exmouth is situated at the end of a branch from Exeter, Trains take about 20 minutes and operate every half hour (Mon-Sat Daytimes, less frequent evenings and Sundays)

  • National Rail Enquiries, 08457484950, [1].  edit

By bus[edit]

The 57 bus operates from Exeter Bus station
The 157 bus operates from Sidmouth
The 56 bus operates from Exeter Airport

  • Traveline South West (Bus Timetable info), 08712002233, [2]. 0700-2200.  edit
  • Stagecoach South West (Bus Company), [3].  edit

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is Exeter Airport, 11 miles away.

By car[edit]

Exmouth is about 15 minutes from the M5 Motorway, leave at Junction 30 and follow the A376, it's about 10 miles to Exmouth

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Exmouth Museum off Exeter Road, in Sheppards Row. Open Mornings, Mo to Sa 10.30-12.30. Afternoons, Tu, We, Th. 2.30 - 4.30. Closed Bank Holidays & Su. Closed from November for the winter.
  • Exmouth is home to a functioning harbour, once a small fishing dock, now mostly used by pleasure craft and the occasional trawler.
  • A La Ronde, Summer Lane, Exmouth (north of Exmouth, off the A376), [4]. 16-sided house full of quirky furnishings, with views over the estuary. £7.80.  edit

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  • A modest range of tourist attractions are open during the summer season, including a small boating lake, miniature golf course, model railway and amusements arcade.
  • Exmouth is one end of a long and pleasant coastal walk along the cliffs to Budleigh Salterton. The walk contains steep sections however, and includes rough ground and stiles, so is not recommended for the frail.


  • Sprachcaffe Languages Plus Devon, Sprachcaffe Devon, 1 Victoria Road, Exmouth, Devon, England, EX8 1DL, +44 (0)1395 227171 (), [5]. Full and part time English courses, adults and teen courses, exam prep, private lessons. Accommodation options in guest house or private home Depends on class type and duration.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

The town centre, inland from the beach, has a range of restaurants, cafes, takeaways and pubs, and is busy at night. The beachfront has a few cafes and restaurants open during the day but just a couple of lower-end places open at night, when the beach is nearly deserted.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Breken Guest House, 13 Morton Road (one block inland from the beach), [6]. One of the dwindling number of lower-end B&B, run by the effervescent Tonia. Basic rooms but has Wifi, breakfasts, good location, interesting guests, and is cheap. £30pp.  edit
  • Dolphin Hotel, 1 Morton Road ("), [7]. excellent hotel close to the town centre and the beach. En suite rooms and bar.  edit
  • Premier Inn Exmouth Seafront, The Esplanade, Exmouth ("), [8]. New chain hotel situated on Exmouth Seafront. Bar and breakfast/evening meals available.  edit
  • Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, Sandy Bay, Exmouth ("), [9]. Large holiday park with privately owned caravans for hire. Linked to Exmouth by an open top bus service between April and October.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Littleham is a suburb about 3 miles east of Exmouth that retains a bit of its village atmosphere and old buildings, including holding an annual Duck Race & Hog Roast in September.
  • Exeter Is a short train or bus ride away and has a variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and cultural events taking place throughout the year.
  • Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth are a short car or bus journey away.
  • Exmouth is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, it is classed as a UNESCO world heritage site and many scenic walks are possible from the town.
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