After our visit to the city of Exeter in South England, we made a small day trip to Exmouth that we still haven’t told you about! Time to show you what you can experience in this lovely British seaside town and present you our one day in Exmouth guide:
ONE DAY IN EXMOUTH ENGLAND ITINERARY
Curious about what to expect? Make sure to check out this video made by my travel blogger friend Rob from the blog “Stop Having a Boring Life”, who was on this trip with me:
How to Spend Your Morning in Exmouth?
Arrival in Exmouth
From Exeter Central Station, it’s really easy to take the Great Western Rail service to Exmouth. Along the way, you can enjoy the views driving alongside the River Exe! The ride only takes 20-30 minutes and goes twice an hour. Returns are about 5 pounds.
For more information, check the website of the GWR: www.gwr.com
If you book ahead via www.trainline.com, or you get a rail pass for (South)England from the Visit Britain shop, you can save money on the fare:
Have Breakfast in a Nice Cafe
We had breakfast at our hotel in Exeter, but I’ve been searching for some good suggestions for places to start your day with a warm drink, juice and a bite to eat:
AROUND THE STATION
- Caffè Nero
- The Book Rest Cafe
- The Bayleaf Cafe
- The Chronicle
- Infusion Cafe
- Bumble and Bee
CLOSE TO THE SEASIDE
CLOSE TO THE MARINA
Take a Stroll on the Beach
From the station in Exmouth, it’s a leisurely stroll to the beach and nearby Exmouth Marina. You will pass Manor Gardens, part of East-Devon’s heritage trail!
Exmouth is believed to be Britain’s oldest seaside resort, so a stroll along this Devon beach should really be on your to-do list in South-England. The Esplanade is beautifully lit at night as well, so perfect to have a evening walk and see the moon and stars on clear days.
Discover Exmouth’s History
Want to know more about the history of Exmouth? Then a visit to Exmouth Museum must be on your to-do list. Kids are free in this museum and it’s also perfect to do on a rainy day.
More information can be found on: exmouthmuseum.co.uk
Exmouth Blue Plaque Trail
Exmouth has a rich history that you can also discover along the “Blue Plaque trail”. These blue oval signs are all around town and on them, you can read all about famous people that lived here, important buildings and other interesting facts.
You find the whole route on this website: openplaques.org
The World of Country Life
Love seeing history come alive? Then “The World of Country Life” is the place for you! It’s a bit outside of the Exmouth city center, but the exhibitions, recreating an old Vicorian Street with shops and other buildings you can walk into, might be worth it!
Here, you can see and feel what rural life must have been like by walking past an array of agricultural technology ranging from the Victorian period right up to the present day, some of them even doing live demonstrations. Oh, and did I mention there is a bunch of animals here as well? It wouldn’t be a farm without it, right? Llamas, goats, lambs… they’re all there and there is even a bird of prey center!
Besides all this, this experience also offers one of the South West’s largest collections of steam engines, vintage cars and vehicles.
Make sure to book online for discounts, or reserve a nice cream tea for yourself: worldofcountrylife.co.uk
How to Spend Your Afternoon in Exmouth
Have Lunch at the River Exe Cafe
From the Exmouth Marina, you can hop on board the Puffin taxi that will take you across the River Exe. A great place to stop off is the River Exe Café. A perfect spot for lunch… yes ON the river!
The cafe is a custom built barge that floats off shore in the Exe Estuary. Here, you can enjoy a wide range of locally-sourced food with a brilliant view. We went for a feast of seafood, including mussels, squid and an entire platter with shrimp and crab.
River Exe Cafe is open from 1st April until the 30th September each year. You can also arrive with your own boat, but if not, you can take the water taxi from Exmouth Marina’s Visitors Pontoon (outside The Point Bar). It’s £5 per person return, payable in cash to the boatman. The booking duration, from leaving the Marina to your return (including the journey with the taxi) is approximately 3 hours. When you book your spot in the restaurant, you’ll be given the departure time of your taxi, so super easy!
I also really liked the cider they served here (you might know that I am a HUGE cider fan!). Annings Cider is from Devon as well, so great to support a local business twice in one meal.
River Exe Café: www.riverexecafe.com
Annings Cider: www.lymebaywinery.co.uk/cider/annings-fruit-cider
Go on a Nature & Wildlife Cruise
After lunch, the water taxi brought us back to the Exmouth Marina, where we boarded another boat. This time, it was the Stuartline Cruises, who have been running various water cruises since 1968! Depending on the time of year, you can take river cruises or make coastal excursions to the sea. They run special tours with things such as band performances and bird-watching. Some tickets also allow you to combine your cruise with a scenic train journey.
Exmouth is on the Jurassic Coast, which is a World Heritage Site because of its unique fossil-rich rocks and distinctive orange cliffs. It’s great to visit all year round. If you’re not on the boat, you can also walk from Exmouth to the Devon Cliffs Park to see the cliffs up close. Make sure you check the tide times and weather forecast though, because the beach route is only accessible when the tide is out – you could get stranded.
Stuart Line Cruises has three boats with an open-air upper deck and a lower deck with panoramic windows. All boats have a bar and toilets and they are heated (+they have blankets) in the Winter. But the best of all is that they have live commentary, so you’ll always leave the boat with a lot of new information about the area and fantastic memories of the stunning Devon landscape!
We saw quite a few birds on our trip and it was said that on some days, you can even spot seals here!
More of a thrill-seeker? No worries! Stuart Line also has a speed boat that runs regularly. Check the website for more information.
Read a great review of this cruise by my travel blogger friend Amanda from the blog “The Boutique Adventurer”: theboutiqueadventurer.com/exmouth-boat-trip
Have Fun with the Whole Family
Ocean is the place to be when the weather isn’t great, or if you’re just looking for some indoor fun with the entire family. Here, you can go bowling, there is a soft-play area for the little ones, a SEGA active zone for the older kids and a bar & grill to end the day with a nice meal. On Thursdays, they host their famous “Ocean Jazz Nights” here as well.
How to Spend Your Evening in Exmouth
Dinner in Exmouth
After the cruise, we returned back to Exeter for dinner, but if you’re planning on staying, here are some suggestions for you to dine, or just have a drink or two:
More Things to do in Exmouth
Looking for more fun things to do in and around Exmouth? Have a look at the following suggestions over on Get Your Guide:
EXMOUTH PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Here is all the information you need to plan your own trip to Exmouth.
Exmouth Tourism Office
Where to Stay in Exmouth?
We stayed overnight in Exeter and went to Exmouth on a day trip, but here are some hotel suggestions for you (of course I haven’t been here myself, so do your own research before booking, but these properties looked good on booking.com and I would probably book one of these myself):
- Summerwind Guest House
- The Dolphin Hotel Exmouth
- Royal Beacon Hotel
- The Old Dairy B&B
- The Imperial Hotel
- Lympstone Manor Hotel
I also found some holiday homes you can have a look at:
Handy Exmouth Map
Here are some great resources for your next Exmouth Trip:
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I hope you found this guide helpful in deciding what to do in Exmouth, England! Make sure to also read our blog about things to see and do in Exeter:
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Disclaimer: I was invited to Exeter and Exmouth by Visit Exeter and Visit Britain as part of the #STSBelfast conference. All photos and opinion in this article are 100% my own, as always.