The inscription on Budleigh Salterton’s coat of arms reads Beau Sejour, which means ‘Have a beautiful stay’. This picturesque town, which boasts two miles of pebble beach, with its colourful fishing boats, and delightful walks along the River Otter, which reaches the bay with a backdrop of striking cliffs, is an ideal place to start a tour of East Devon.
Situated on the bank of the attractive River Exe between the seaside resort of Exmouth and the City of Exeter, the picturesque town of Topsham has been featured in countless photographs and paintings over the years. It is a fascinating place to visit, with a wide variety of architectural styles to admire, and a superb range of shops and eating places.
Whatever your age there is sure to be something to entertain and relax you – rain or shine – in East Devon’s largest town. Exmouth is renowned for its two miles of golden sand, offering spectacular views across the Exe estuary, and is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site.
If you are seeking the best countryside and coastal scenery East Devon has to offer, the Axe Valley is the place to visit.
Surrounded by stunningly beautiful countryside, the ancient market town of Axminster is situated just five miles inland from the coastal resorts of Seaton and Lyme Regis.
Beer is a delightful fishing village and is a joy to visit – with a backdrop of soaring white cliffs, it is situated in a lovely sheltered bay with a pebbled beach, and there is much sailing and fishing activity to enjoy watching.
Enjoying a wonderful setting at the mouth of the lovely River Axe, and sheltered by the white cliffs of Beer Head and the red sandstone of Haven Cliff, the town of Seaton appeals to all ages, and is a very popular holiday venue.
Where Devon meets Dorset you will find the fascinating and welcoming town of Lyme Regis, now officially part of England’s first natural World Heritage Site and renowned for its historic fossils and as the birthplace of modern geology.
Known locally as ‘the small town with a big heart and a warm welcome’, Colyton is situated amid beautiful countryside where the Axe and Coly valleys meet.
Honiton is a bustling and friendly market town, renowned for many things including beautiful lace, lovely pottery, and one of the finest choices of antiques you could find.
Surrounded by lovely countryside teeming with wildlife, Ottery St Mary is one of the most welcoming towns you could find.
Situated at the mouth of the River Sid in a beautiful bay backed by striking red sandstone cliffs, Sidmouth has a timeless charm that attracts visitors back year after year.
Newton Poppleford is a perfect place to relax and take some time exploring. There are many interesting buildings, including the church, village hall and toll house, and there are friendly shops plus many eating places.
Founded by Sir Norman Lockyer in 1912, the observatory in Sidmouth, on Salcombe Hill, was the centre for astrophysical and geophysical research until the 1980s. Today the observatory is managed and run by volunteers in support of science education for the public, schools and universities.
This beautiful area is ideal for everything from just sitting and having a picnic, to walking, cycling and horse riding. The striking moorland begs to be explored, and there are also many attractions in the area.
Owned by the National Trust, this lovely venue is situated just off the Exeter to Cullompton Road.
This is your chance for the whole family to enjoy all-year, all-weather fun.
Close to Ottery St Mary, Escot is situated just off the main A30 between Exeter and Honiton at Fairmile.
Situated at Colyton, the park offers breathtaking views, a woodland nature trail and lots of animals, including pot bellied pigs.
Discover your spirit of adventure in the world’s leading off-road vehicles at the West Country’s premier off-road experience venue.
For some fine gardens in East Devon collect a copy of the National Gardens Scheme Devon gardens 2005, available at most garden and tourist information centres. The bright yellow cover is easily recognisable and county booklets are printed this year with the new NGS logo that will become very familiar in the future.
East Devon is a beautiful place to visit and has a wealth of beautiful countryside and coastal scenery. With top events and lots of activities throughout the year, there is something for the whole family.
Use our online guide to discover top towns and villages, plan family days out with the What's On Guide, visit stunning beaches and find out a bit more about local history.