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Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

Stunningly beautiful , the Jurassic Coast reveals the Earth’s story in unique geology stretching back over 250 million years. It joined other natural wonders, like the Great Barrier Reef in December 2001 when UNESCO awarded it World Heritage Status in recognition of its unique landscape.

It is a fantastic journey through millions of years in rocks of the Jurassic period together with older Triassic and younger Cretaceous rocks. Beginning at Exmouth with its 5 meter high futuristic looking “geo-needle” and startling rich red and burnt orange Triassic rock cliffs, formed in scorching desert conditions millions of years ago. Other striking features along the coastline include unique quartzite Budleigh Salterton pebbles spilling from Budleigh’s cliffs and the dramatic rugged red rock stacks at Landram Bay.

Exeter

A small city that packs a big punch, Exeter is one of the most vibrant, attractive and historically interesting cities in England.

Pre-dating the arrival of the Romans in AD 50, Exeter’s history is rich and long. This is reflected in its fascinating visitor attractions including its unique Underground Passages, free Red Coat Guided Tours, magnificent Cathedral, imposing Roman wall and beautiful Quayside. Exeter is also home to the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum where visitors can explore the city’s 2,000-year history under one roof!

Exeter has a real sense of individuality, its varied cultural scene is embraced by proud locals, and the diverse mix of eateries means it is renowned as one of the foodie capitals of the South West. Head to the West Quarter or the cobbled Gandy Street to discover great mix of independent shops and boutiques, cafes and bars.

When it comes to culture Exeter is renowned in the south west for its independent arts scene. It is also firmly on the map as a destination for top sporting events and music. A good mix of independent venues such as the Exeter Phoenix, and large venues such as nearby Powderham Castle play host to a packed calendar of events and festivals throughout the year.

In Exeter we love the outdoors. The city’s location in the heart of Devon, surrounded by miles of countryside and close to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, means there are plenty of opportunities for adventure. This is the perfect place to try a new activity, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.

8 miles

Once used for the carriage of limestone, the canal is now a tranquil recreational waterway, for cycling, boating and fishing.

With a wealth of wildlife including swans and kingfishers, the area has now been made into a local nature reserve, stretching over 11 miles with a newly built free to enter visitors centre. The Tiverton Canal Company runs its famous horse drawn barge trips between Easter and November, or if you are feeling adventurous you can hire out rowing boats or electric launches by the hour to explore the waterways.

Yearlstone Vineyard

12 miles

Devons longest running commercial vineyard set in a spectacular setting in the Exe Valley with 3 hectares of vines. Yearlstone’s Vintage Brut, sparkling wine was rated 4th best in England by La Revue du Vin, taking the vineyard’s tally of awards won in the last 5 years to over 150, making it a must visit for wine lovers.

The vineyard offers self guided tours, including wine tasting or Wine Experiences which can be pre booked, including lunch with a guided tour by the vineyard manager and a guided tour of the winery by Juliet White, one of England’s top winemakers. 

The Deli Shack Cafe, on site is currently rated top restaurant in the area by Trip Advisor, so reservations are advised. It has a stunning setting with a sun trap terrace under a marquee, looking out over the vineyard down to the River Exe.

Bickleigh Mill

12 miles

Historic Watermill with three floors of shopping and a fabulous restaurant

Tiverton Castle

6 miles away

Originally built in 1106 on orders of Henry 1 and later rebuilt and enlarged down the ages. It was home to the powerful medieval Earls of Devon and of a Plantagenet Princess. It was later besieged during the English Civil War by Fairfax and fell to him, due to a lucky shot hitting the drawbridge chain.

There is a beautiful walled garden and a fine Civil War Armoury to visit, with some exhibit pieces which can even be tried on by visitors.

National Trust Knightshayes

6 miles away

One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, built for the grandson of the pioneering lace maker John Heathcote in 1869. The house has extraordinary romantic interiors and rich decorations.

There is a wonderful walled kitchen garden, producing fresh food served in the beautiful stable conversion courtyard cafe. Dogs can enjoy the Impey woodland trail walk and children will love playing in the natural dens built in the woods

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