East Devon is as stunning as it is unique; it boasts part of the Jurassic Coastline, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, lots of top attractions as well as a whole host of memorable events throughout the year. If you’re visiting this part of the county and are looking for the must see sites and attractions, then look no further as we have put together a list of the very top things to see and do whilst in the region. Just read on to find out more...

Jurassic Coast

From Exmouth and running right up to Lyme Regis on the Devon-Dorset border, this part of the Jurassic Coast offers superb coastline and millions of years of fascinating history to be discovered. The designated World Heritage Site encapsulates 185 million years of the Earth’s history which can be explored. Why not go fossil hunting on one of the many beautiful beaches? Or perhaps if you have little ones, take them to Seaton Jurassic to get hands on with the exhibits and delve into the mesmerising past of dinosaurs. 

Exe Estuary Trail

The Exe Estuary Trail is a newly constructed 26 mile long cycle route which runs around the Exe Estuary from Dawlish to Exmouth. The mainly flat cycle way is mostly traffic free and passes through beautiful towns, villages and of course the historical city of Exeter. Taking to two wheels along the cycle path is a great active way to explore the stunning Exe Estuary and all the other settlements along the way.

Top Attractions

Like much of the county, East Devon has a plethora of award-winning attractions for people of all ages to enjoy. From hot air balloon rides to extremely popular animal attractions, East Devon does not skimp out when it comes for things to do. Great days out can be had at Crealy, World of Country Life, The Donkey Sanctuary, Devon Country Pursuits and if you’re looking for interesting ways to explore the gorgeous region why not take to the skies with Aerosaurus Balloons or hop on Seaton Tramway for a ride. You will also not be short of galleries and museums to visit such as the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton.


Scattered along the diverse coastline of East Devon are lots of pretty beaches, secluded coves and vast stretches of sand and shingle. Spend a day exploring the picturesque beach of Branscombe and the village surrounded by jaw-dropping countryside or head to Budleigh Salterton to take in the idyllic views around the mouth of the River Otter. Ladram Bay is also a popular sheltered pebble bay with staggering red sandstone cliffs and stacks that protrude from the ocean. Walking the South West Coast Path along this coastline is also an exceptional way to explore the quieter beaches and take in the towering cliff faces and magical spots.

Blackdown Hills AONB

If history and heritage peaks your interest then visiting the Blackdown hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty whilst you’re in East Devon is a must. From Iron Age Hillforts like Hembury, Culmstock Beacon which is Elizabethan and the Wellington Monument, there are plenty of historical sites to discover amongst this captivating landscape. The Blackdown Hills AONB is also home to two airfield heritage centres, Dunkeswell and Upottery as well as an enchanting medieval castle, all surrounded by undulating hills and charming Devon countryside.


You may be familiar with Channel 4’s recent show; Village of the Year with Penelope Keith. Well the runner up of the series was a small fishing village named Beer, which is located just west of Seaton in East Devon. Not only does this darling village ooze character and offer superb views of the Jurassic Coastline, but is also steeped in a rich fishing history making it a popular tourist spot when holidaying in the East Devon region.

Exmouth Local Nature Reserve & Seaton Wetlands

As one of Devon’s largest Local Nature Reserves, Exmouth Nature Reserve is as impressive as it is important. Perched at the southern end of the Exe Estuary, it includes the vast sandbanks and mud which during the winter months become the home of flocks of migrating birds from the Arctic. Seaton Wetlands is a collection of three Local Nature Reserves that covers environments such as marshland and reed beds. Here, you will find a whole range of wildlife and flora that reside here making it a popular destination for bird watching and other wildlife activities.

Top Events

Whatever the time of year, there are always exciting events going on in East Devon, whether you’re looking for a family friendly, activity-packed day out or a whole week of musical bliss in a coastal resort – East Devon has got something for you.  In the warmer months you can enjoy festivals and shows such as Sidmouth Folk Week and Exmouth Festival. Axe Vale Show is a popular family event and Beautiful Days is an awesome music festival which always draws big crowds. October welcomes Beer R&B Music Festival while the Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary is a world-famous event that sees flaming tar barrels carried through the streets of the town on the backs of local residents – a night of traditional entertainment!

East Devon AONB

The East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompasses the glorious countryside as well as the section of the Jurassic Coast. You can explore the East Devon AONB via the many public pathways, cycle routes and bridleways available, all offering different opportunities to embrace the nature that surrounds the area. With rich river valleys and alluring wooded combes, the East Devon AONB provides a wealth of varied scenery to discover.

With so many tempting attractions, places to visit and things to do in East Devon, it’s not hard to understand why visitors dash to the region all year round. To find out more about East Devon, please click here.

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