Exmouth is one of the oldest and most picturesque seaside towns in Devon. The town is the gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and has two miles of sandy beach, which is perfect for water sports and walks.
Exmouth is on the South east coast of Devon where the river Exe meets the sea. Close to Exeter, this vibrant town offers plenty of walking and cycling routes and water sports as well as local shops and restaurants to enjoy all year round.
Things to do in Exmouth
Exmouth is known as a regional centre for water sports – particularly Kite Surfing, kayaking and windsurfing – but you can do pretty much any water sport here. Exmouth Beach is a beautiful sandy golden beach, perfect for summer days at the seaside, building sandcastles, swimming or playing in the rockpools.
The picturesque Exe Estuary cycle trail runs from Exmouth to Dawlish along the banks of the estuary, passing many wildlife spots, cafes, shops and coastal towns, making it the ideal place for an active day out exploring Exmouth and the surrounds. The South West Coast Path runs through the town as it makes its way along the South coast. Walk to the East of the town and you can enjoy spectacular coastal walks along the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. This stretch of coast line dates back over 250million years, you may even find a fossil or two as you enjoy the stunning views.
Exmouth is home is an indoor market and range of shops to be browsed and explored amongst the splendid regency architecture. To discover a bit more about the history of the town follow the Blue Plaque heritage trail and explore the heritage of the area.
Kids will love the beaches and local activities on offer, from family attractions and crazy golf, to the local parks and play areas – there is even a life-size dinosaur safari trail. For family days out, try World of Country Life or Crealy Adventure Park.
Exmouth Festival is held every year late May – early June, a free festival full of music, arts, theatre and food.
In August, the skies are full of colour with the Kite Festival – a great fun family day out with competitions, routines and stunts that will amaze and delight.
If you are a seafood lover, don’t miss the Spirit of the Exe and Exmouth Mussel Festival in September – try delicious local mussels alongside local wines, ales and learn how to cook them at the chef’s stage.
Food and Drink
Exmouth is surrounded by the sea, the River Exe and the South Devon countryside so fresh local produce is in abundance. From fresh fish and chips, to celebrity chefs and fine dining Exmouth has an eclectic mix of restaurants on offer in the town and along the seafront.
As a centre for seafood you can be assured that the freshest local catch fish will end up on your plate at the end of the day. Make sure you try the Exmouth mussels which are locally farmed and freshly caught.
Exmouth is the Western Gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, a fantastic journey through the Earth’s geology that begins at the town’s five metre high futuristic cone of the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point.
Exmouth’s more recent history can been seen in the towns wide range of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture and has been a popular tourist spot since the 18th century.
Exmouth Information Centre has a wide range of information including visitor attractions, activities and forthcoming events. Help can be offered with leaflets, bus/train times and maps.