East Devon is as stunning as it is unique. It boasts part of the Jurassic Coastline, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, two National Landscapes, top family attractions and 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, look no further! We’ve put together a list of the top things to see and do while in the region. Read on to find out more… 

Discover the Jurassic Coast 

Stretching from Exmouth to Lyme Regis on the Devon-Dorset border, this part of the Jurassic Coast offers a superb coastline and millions of years of fascinating history to be discovered.  

The World Heritage Site encapsulates 185 million years of Earth’s history. Why not go fossil hunting on one of the many beautiful beaches? Or, if you have little ones, take them to Jurassic Discovery to walk with the dinosaurs and delve into the mesmerising past of these ancient creatures. 

Explore the Exe Estuary Trail 

The Exe Estuary Trail is a newly constructed 26-mile-long cycle route that runs around the Exe Estuary from Dawlish to Exmouth.  

This mainly flat cycle way is mostly traffic-free and passes through beautiful towns, villages and, of course, the historic 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. 

Visit Top Attractions 

East Devon has a plethora of award-winning attractions for people of all ages to enjoy. From river cruises to popular animal attractions, East Devon doesn’t skimp on things to do.  

Great days out with little ones can be had at Crealy Theme Park & Resort, plus, World of Country Life, Wildwood Devon and The Donkey Sanctuary are great for animal-lovers. If you’re looking for interesting ways to explore the gorgeous region, why not embark on a boat trip with Stuart Line Cruises or hop on Seaton Tramway for a ride? 

Spend the Day at the Beach 

Scattered along East Devon’s diverse coastline 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 surrounding 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. 

Venture to the Blackdown Hills National Landscape 

If history and heritage pique your interest, visiting the Blackdown Hills National Landscape (previously Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) while you’re in East Devon is a must.  

From Iron Age hillforts like Hembury to the Elizabethan Culmstock Beacon and the Wellington Monument, there are plenty of historical sites to discover amongst this captivating landscape. The Blackdown Hills National Landscape 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. 

Enjoy a Beer in Beer 

Located just west of Seaton, Beer is a fantastic place to visit. This darling village oozes character and offers superb views of the Jurassic Coastline. It is also steeped in a rich fishing history, making it a popular tourist spot when holidaying in the East Devon region.  

Why not visit for the day to take in the glorious scenery? There’s plenty of great pubs in Beer to wet the whistle after a day of exploring! 

Go Wildlife Spotting  

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 vast sandbanks and mudflats that, during the winter months, become the home to 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, making it a popular destination for birdwatching and other wildlife activities. 

Explore the East Devon National Landscape 

The East Devon National Landscape (previously Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) encompasses glorious countryside and a section of the Jurassic Coast. You can explore the East Devon National Landscape 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 National Landscape provides a wealth of varied scenery to discover. 

Visit During One of East Devon’s 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 week of musical bliss in a coastal resort, East Devon has something for you.  

In the warmer months, you can enjoy festivals and shows such as Sidmouth Folk Festival and Exmouth Festival. The Axe Vale Show is a popular family event, and Beautiful Days is an awesome music festival that 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! 

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

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