The oldest seaside town in Devon with two miles of sandy beach and the gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Exmouth is one of the most picturesque holiday towns in Devon.
Exmouth is on the East coast of Devon where the river Exe meets the sea. Close to Exeter, this vibrant town offers plenty of sandy beaches, walking routes, cycling routes, and water sports, as well as local shops and restaurants to enjoy all year round.
Things to do
Exmouth is known as a regional centre for water sports – particularly Kite Surfing, kayaking and windsurfing – but you can do pretty much any water sport here. The beautiful sandy golden beaches are perfect for summer days at the seaside, building sandcastles, swimming or playing in the rockpools. Take a scenic boat trip out across the coast to take in the breathtaking scenery and local history.
The picturesque Exe Estuary cycle trail runs from Exmouth to Topsham, passing many wildlife spots, cafes and shops – ideal for an active day out. The South West Coast Path runs through the town, where you can enjoy spectacular coastal walks along the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, dating back over 250million years – you may even find a fossil or two.
In town there are markets and shops to be browsed and explored amongst the splendid regency architecture – or follow the Blue Plaque heritage trail to discover the history of the area.
Kids will love the beaches and local activities on offer, from family attractions and crazy golf, to the local parks and play areas - there is even a life-size dinosaur safari trail.
A wildlife hotspot - don’t miss the spectacle of thousands of birds arriving to spend winter on the estuary at Exmouth Local Nature Reserve, one of the biggest Local Nature Reserves in Devon.
Exmouth Festival is held every year late May – early June, a free festival full of music, arts, theatre and food.
In August, the skies are full of colour with the Kite Festival – a great fun family day out with competitions, routines and stunts that will amaze and delight.
If you are a seafood lover, don’t miss the Spirit of the Exe and Exmouth Mussel Festival in September – try delicious local mussels alongside local wines, ales and learn how to cook them at the chef’s stage.
Exmouth is surrounded by the sea, the River Exe and the South Devon countryside – meaning local produce is in abundance. From fresh fish and chips, to celebrity chefs and fine dining – Exmouth has an eclectic mix of restaurants on offer in the town and along the seafront.
A centre for seafood – you can be assured of the freshest local catch ending up on your plate at the end of the day – try the Exmouth mussels – locally farmed and freshly caught.
Exmouth is the Western Gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, a fantastic journey through the Earth's geology that begins here at the five metre futuristic cone of the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point.
The town’s history shows today with its wide range of Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian architecture and has been a popular tourist spot since the 18th century.
The information centre has a wide range of information including visitor attractions, activities and forthcoming events. Help can be offered with leaflets, bus/train times and maps.