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Travelling to Exmouth

Situated on the east coast of Devon, and so-named because this is the point where the Exe river enters the sea, Exmouth makes for a fantastic holiday destination whether you’re travelling as a family, a couple or a group.

This appealing English resort forms part of the magnificent Jurassic coast, a Unesco World Heritage Site, with towering cliffs that date back some 250 million years and a host of fun activities and experiences available at any time of year.

For many visitors to Exmouth, the main attraction here is of course the two-mile long stretch of golden sandy beach, and the wide variety of fun watersports on offer. But Exmouth is also rich in history and culture, with many excellent places to eat, traditional pubs and walks. The vast majority of Exmouth hotels are centrally situated, allowing guests to make the most of their stay with the minimum of travel involved. Depending on your requirements, if you take a little time researching your Exmouth hotel you can also find good value and excellent facilities.

Where to stay in Exmouth

Book early enough, and you can usually find a hotel in Exmouth that will give you a rousing sea view, but if you prefer to be closer to the centre of town then there is no end of choice. Whether you’re here to spend some quality time with the family, for a romantic break as a couple, or to indulge in the famously wide spread of watersports, there is sure to be an Exmouth hotel to meet your needs.

Staying in an Exmouth beach hotel will provide sensational sunsets, and ensure that you can spend a full day out on the sands or in the sea throughout your holiday. A central Exmouth hotel, meanwhile, puts you in the middle of the action in this lively town where you can expect a warm welcome and a vast roster of activities.

You may also want to look at hotels in Exeter to combine a beach holiday with a city break.

Things to see and do in Exmouth

Holidays on the Jurassic coast are always a fantastic option for families, and Exmouth is certainly no exception. There is a wealth of fun activities here for children to enjoy alongside their parents, from rockpooling when the tide is out to donkey rides, building sandcastles and hunting for fossils. If you want to create happy memories, Exmouth delivers.

The panoramas from the beach are certainly glorious, but in fact the best views of the sea are to be enjoyed from the stunning coastal paths above. Exmouth and the surrounding area is crisscrossed with pleasant walking trails, and there are also plenty of off-road mountain biking routes available. Few things can beat that feeling of getting some relaxed exercise in the bracing coastal air, then stopping off for lunch at one of many traditional country pubs.

In the afternoon, you might return to the beach and try some watersports led by professional instructors. This part of the coast is particularly good for kitesurfing and windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding. Many Exmouth beach hotels are set up for watersports holidays and can assist with equipment storage or booking your lessons.

If you prefer a more sedate pursuit, then your hotel in Exmouth can also point you in the direction of a good golf course, fishing location or towards the scenic Exe estuary which is very popular with birdwatchers.

Just a short drive from Exmouth you can find well-known attractions including Exeter Cathedral and Totnes Castle.

Festivals in Exmouth

The town has a packed calendar of events throughout the year, and it’s well worth checking if there is anything going on that coincides with your visit, if only to ensure that you get the best choice of Exmouth hotels. Perhaps the most prominent annual event is the Exmouth Festival, a well-attended free music and family party taking place at various venues from the end of May. Art exhibitions, live comedy and theatrical performances are all part of the fun.

In October, the annual Illuminated Carnival provides a lively evening out, with participants in the procession drawn from across the Jurassic coast. There is also a thrilling kite festival every summer, the winds off Exmouth being ideal for flying these colourful creations.

If you’re planning a holiday in Exmouth soon then you can save yourself time and money by booking hotels and flights together through the Expedia search tool, as well as car rental and excursions.