This south Devon seaside town boasts miles of golden sands, a picturesque estuary and historic walks – and it’s the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast.
The coastal town of Exmouth is the perfect jumping-off point for adventures in this scenic part of Devon. Whether you’re looking for adventure, history or you fancy just relaxing on the, you’ll find the perfect holiday activity here.
What to see
The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is one of the most picturesque stretches of the British seaside. Made up of layers of sedimentary rock, the coastline is of particular interest to geologists, as it reveals the history of the Earth over some 185 million years, full of fossils, swamps and the remains of ancient forests. It’s also a damn nice place for a walk!
Where to hang out
Follow the Blue Plaque Trail for fascinating insights into historic Exmouth, including the smugglers who used the town as a base, the shady dealings of the mistress of the Grand Old Duke of York (yes, that one) and Admiral Nelson’s estranged wife Fanny Nelson.
Where to eat
Enjoy the gorgeous coastal view at Rockfish, the ultimate place in town to tuck into delicious fresh seafood, including Exmouth’s famous mussels. Alternatively, dine al fresco with a barbecue at ‘Pirate Cove’, a cosy coastal nook overlooking the Exe Estuary.
Where to stay
The Bay Grand Hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the station and is right in the heart of Exmouth, with easy and quick access to the seafront and Esplanade.
Thatched-roof cottages, golden stone buildings, great pubs and British countryside. Visit the Cotswolds with GWR. Check out one of the prettiest patches of rural England, only a short journey London Paddington.
With plenty of beautiful beaches just a train-ride away, there’s no need to travel abroad for a seaside holiday this summer. We’ve picked some of our favourite UK beach retreats from across the network for the whole family to enjoy – just don’t forget to pack your shades!