Dawlish Warren

Dawlish, Devon, EX7 9PW

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Dawlish Warren Beach
  • Dawlish Warren Beach
  • Dawlish Warren, Beach Huts
  • Sand Dunes, Dawlish Warren
  • Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve
  • The beach at Dawlish Warren

Accommodation in Dawlish Warren
Things to do in Dawlish Warren 
Restaurants in Dawlish Warren 
Events in Dawlish Warren 

Dawlish Warren is the ultimate family seaside resort - built on a spit of sand with the Exe estuary on one side and the sea on the other with golden sands and clean bathing waters. It has all the attractions of a traditional holiday getaway but in an outstanding natural environment.

Things to do in Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Warren Beach is a Blue Flag beach meaning its meets the highest water quality standards – so you can be sure if you’re swimming or taking part in a range of watersports, the whole family is safe. The long sandy beach and sand dunes make it a great family beach; during the summer lifeguards are also on duty and you can also hire beach huts, parasols and deck chairs. If you want to try out some watersports try Exe Adventures who run local activities and events, as well as hiring kayaks and stand up paddle boards.

Just off the beach you will find a host of family amusements, attractions, activities, restaurants, pubs and more – from go karts, adventure golf, children’s play area and more, so Dawlish Warren is the perfect family holiday resort.

Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve is over 500 acres of protected grassland, sand dunes, mudflats and centres home to over 600 different species of plants and over 23,000 wildfowl and wading birds –so if you like bird watching, it's the best place to be. The onsite Visitor Centre has guided walks and events for all ages throughout the year.

Where to Stay in Dawlish Warren

Full of family friendly accommodation, Dawlish Warren has a wealth of Holiday Parks, hotels, self catering cottages and B&B’s to chose from. Find accomodation in Dawlish Warren here.

Food and Drink in Dawlish Warren

Eating out at Dawlish Warren is a reliable and traditional experience, with restaurants serving a good range of home-cooked dishes made with local ingredients and served up with a typically warm Devonian welcome. And don’t worry about taking the kids to a restaurant – they’ll be made to feel as welcome as the adults with special kid’s menus available at most establishments.

History of Dawlish Warren

Essentially a sandy spit, the natural processes of the sea working against the coast formed Dawlish Warren. In recent history Dawlish Warren was developed as the railway brought in more visitors keen to enjoy the beaches along the South Devon coast, and today manages to be both an outstanding nature reserve and family orientated seaside resort. There are now a number of holiday parks in the surrounding area, which provide a perfect alternative to hotels or B&Bs for families who want lots of things to keep them occupied.

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Parking & Transport

  • Car Parks
  • Coach Parking
  • Parking for disabled visitors

Towns & Villages

  • Information Centre
  • Public toilets
  • Train station



Map & Directions

Road Directions

Leave the M5 at Junction 30, signposted A379 Dawlish. This will take you off of the M5 and towards the edge of Exeter. Continue to follow the signs for Dawlish A379 and you will come to Countess Weir, continue straight across this junction and you will come to another roundabout, at this one keep to your left and keep following the A379.

Once you have turned left at this junction, you stay on this road through the villages of Kenton and Starcross. After you leave Starcross continue around the bend where you should see Cockwood Harbour in front of you. DO NOT go across this bridge, it is not friendly to caravans crossing, instead keep going straight on towards Dawlish. You will go past Cofton Country Holidays and Lady's Mile holiday park and eventually you will come to a Texaco garage on your left. Turn left here (Warren Road) this will take you towards the Warren and your destination.



Public Transport Directions

Dawlish Warren has its own station on the main line between Exeter and Torquay. Most of the accomodation is located a short walk away from the station, if you head away from the Beach you will come to the main road, most accomodation is then to your right, along the Warren Road.




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