Known for its stunning coastline, charming countryside, and rich history, East Devon offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a foodie seeking gastronomic delights, East Devon has something special to offer for every traveller. Join us as we run through the top things to do in this hidden gem of the UK. 

Marvel at the Jurassic Coast 

East Devon is home to a significant stretch of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its geological importance and breathtaking beauty. Wander along the coastal path, taking in dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, and the mesmerizing rock formations that date back millions of years. Don't miss iconic landmarks like the 5 metre Geo-needle at Orcombe Point in Exmouth or the striking cliffs at Sidmouth. This is a paradise for fossil hunters, as the Jurassic Coast is teeming with ancient treasures waiting to be discovered. 

Discover Unique Seaside Towns 

East Devon is dotted with charming seaside towns and villages, each with its unique character and attractions. Sidmouth, with its regency architecture and beautiful gardens, is a delightful spot for a leisurely stroll. Beer, a picturesque fishing village, is perfect for sampling fresh seafood and enjoying the views of colourful boats bobbing in the harbour. Don't forget to visit Branscombe, a hidden gem boasting a stunning pebble beach and a thatched village pub. 

Immerse Yourself in History 

For history enthusiasts, East Devon is a treasure trove of fascinating sites and stories. Explore the historic town of Exeter, where you can marvel at the stunning Exeter Cathedral, wander through medieval cobbled streets, and learn about the city's Roman heritage with Exeter’s Underground Passages. Step back in time at the National Trust's Knightshayes Court, an impressive Victorian country house, or take a walk down memory lane and explore the replica Victorian street at World of Country Life

Embrace Nature at East Devon's Nature Reserves 

Nature lovers will be in their element with the abundance of nature reserves in East Devon. Seaton Wetlands is a haven for birdwatchers and offers serene walking trails along picturesque wetlands and reed beds. The Axe Estuary Wetlands is another great spot for birdwatching, with numerous bird species and stunning views across the estuary. If you're lucky, you might even spot some of the resident beavers! 

Indulge in Culinary Delights 

East Devon's culinary scene is as delightful as its landscapes. With an abundance of fresh local produce, the region is a foodie's paradise. Visit farmers' markets and sample artisan cheeses, freshly baked bread, and local wines. Be sure to try the classic Devonshire cream tea - a scrumptious treat of scones, clotted cream, and strawberry jam. For seafood enthusiasts, dining at one of the many charming coastal restaurants is a must to savour the catch of the day. 

Check out our list of Food & Drink spots in East Devon here

Get Active with Outdoor Adventures 

East Devon offers an array of outdoor activities to suit all tastes. For adrenaline junkies, try your hand at water sports like surfing or paddleboarding along the coastline. The region's beautiful countryside is perfect for hiking, cycling, and horse riding. For a more leisurely activity, enjoy a round of golf in one of East Devon's scenic golf courses

Attend Festivals and Events 

Throughout the year, East Devon comes alive with a range of festivals and events celebrating everything from food and music to arts and literature. The Sidmouth Folk Festival is a renowned event that attracts music lovers from all over the world. For art enthusiasts, the Devon Open Studios event provides an opportunity to explore the works of local artists in their studios. 

Check out our full list of Events in East Devon here

East Devon is a destination that has it all – natural beauty, history, delicious food, and exciting activities. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, this hidden gem of the South West promises an unforgettable experience. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and set out to explore the wonders of East Devon! 

Whether you visit East Devon for a day, a week or even longer, we hope you enjoy your time in the wonderful region. To stay up to date with the latest Visit South Devon blog posts and events, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget, we love seeing your photos of Devon in summer! You can share them with us by tagging @visitsouthdevon on social media. 


Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Devon
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Jurassic Coast along the left-hand side of the coast

Enjoy the beauty of the Jurassic Coast in Devon, miles of breathtaking coastal paths, stunning views and historic landmarks.

Sidmouth Beach and Cliffs

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