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Exmouth can be traced as far back as the 11th century. It started as a small fishing village that took advantage of the Exe estuary but was limited in size by its proximity to its larger sibling Exeter.
However, the advent of the railways enabled Exmouth to grow rapidly into a classic Victoria holiday destination, thanks to its vast beach and peaceful setting.
Still boasting a traditional promenade, in the summer months the town continues to attract tourists wanting to enjoy a taste of the seaside – and Exmouth’s wide beach offers just that, alongside a serving of ice cream.
Extending for 1.5 miles along the South coast, the sand runs from the quay at the river’s mouth in the west, all the way past the town and east to Orcombe Point, which divides it from Sandy Bay further along the coast.
Exmouth beach also marks the western end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which continues east to all the way to Poole in Dorset.
Exmouth beach front also features a marina located at its westernmost point, separating the estuary from the coast. The town offers a variety of leisure activities including cruises, fishing, and ferry trips to the estuary’s surrounding areas. The estuary itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It sits largely within a local nature reserve, providing ample birdwatching opportunities.
In addition to its quiet and idyllic setting, Exmouth also has the advantage of still being within easy reach of a major city. Exeter is just 11 miles upriver, and being an established commuter route has excellent transport links via road, rail and bus, making for quick and easy trips when you have need of anything Exmouth itself doesn’t provide.
Having originally been the site of a Roman settlement, Exeter possesses a wealth of history, providing ample sites to see and things to do.
Alongside the Roman ruins are numerous medieval structures, including the 900-year-old cathedral it’s famous for. One of the most beautiful examples of its kind in the country, it’s well worth a visit.
The area surrounding Exmouth itself also features a number of attractions beyond the beach. They include Exmouth Zoo, which features the only pair of black leopards in the whole of the UK, and Sidmouth donkey sanctuary a little further up the coast. There’s much to enjoy both on land and sea at Exmouth.