With its seafront esplanade, classic white buildings and beaches sheltered by towering cliffs, Exmouth is one of the best places to relax on the sand and enjoy a range of Devonshire’s vibrant coastal attractions.
Grand buildings such as Powderham Castle, and National Trust properties are great for anyone who loves history and architecture, although the kids might prefer a visit to the World of Country Life.
Exmouth’s formal gardens are absolutely stunning. A mild climate means that tropical and native British plants can grow side-by-side. You can go on walks beside the River Exe, and enjoy the fresh air at the Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. Learn more about the history of this remarkable seaside resort at the Exmouth Museum, or visit the Exmouth Model Railway right on the seafront before lunch at the Railway Carriage Café.
The Jurassic Coast has all that you could possibly want for action and adventure. Go fossil hunting, or try a variety of water sports including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Birdwatching on the Exe Estuary is a popular activity, and boat trips along the shore give you a different view of some of the UK’s highest cliffs.
Whatever the weather, Exmouth’s shops are waiting for days of souvenir shopping. You can buy local produce at the town’s country markets, or visit a local wine bar for evening drinks before returning to dine in the wonderful restaurant at The Imperial Hotel.
Even in the middle of winter, you’ll have a guaranteed great time. In fact, it’s worth noting that Exmouth is regularly voted amongst the best places to spend New Year’s Eve thanks to lively celebrations and fireworks on the beach. If you’re looking to enjoy a spectacle, then why not visit for the Christmas Day Swim as hundreds of people make their way into the bitterly cold water?
Hire a bike, cycle around the countryside and visit historic buildings on the Blue Plaque Heritage Trail. Don’t forget your camera, because there’s so much to see and do in Exmouth.