Axminster

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The charming market town of Axminster offers a rich tapestry of history, culture and natural beauty. Known for its stunning landscapes and friendly community, Axminster is a perfect getaway for those looking to explore the English countryside. 

Short history of Axminster 

Axminster boasts a history that dates back to the Celtic times. It was recorded in the Domesday Book as " Aixeministra" meaning "monastery by the River Axe." Over the centuries, Axminster developed around the Abbey and its church, which was built by the Saxons. The town became famous in the 18th century when Thomas Whitty began manufacturing Axminster carpets, which were renowned worldwide and even laid in some of the most prestigious buildings across the globe. Despite the factory's closure in 1835, the legacy of Axminster carpets continues to this day. 

Things to do in Axminster  

In Axminster, visitors can delve into its rich history at the Axminster Heritage Centre, marveling at its renowned carpet-making legacy. Food enthusiasts can indulge in cooking classes or attend special dining events at River Cottage, hosted by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Nature lovers can explore the picturesque landscapes of Trinity Hill and Lambert’s Castle, teeming with wildlife. Don't miss the vibrant Axminster Market, held every Thursday, offering a delightful array of local produce, craftsand goods, providing a true taste of local life. 

Food & Drink in Axminster  

Food enthusiasts are in for a treat in Axminster, with a thriving culinary scene emphasising locally sourced ingredients and authentic flavours. From cosy pubs serving hearty meals and local ales to restaurants offering Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a regional twist, there's something to satisfy every palate in this charming town. 

Something a little bit different 

One of the more unusual aspects of Axminster is its connection to the ancient and mysterious art of bell ringing. The Minster Church hosts regular bell-ringing sessions that echo through the town, a tradition that has been ongoing for centuries. These sessions can be observed by visitors, offering a unique glimpse into this intricate and historical craft. 

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Located just off the A35 on the B3261.

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Axminster is on the main South West Trains line from Waterloo to Exeter.

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