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Belinda’s guidebook

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Belinda’s guidebook

Sightseeing
The tram goes from Colyton's old station to Seaton, along the beautiful Axe Valley and via Colyford and the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve. Fun for all the family and great for bird and wildlife watchers.
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Seaton Tramway
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The tram goes from Colyton's old station to Seaton, along the beautiful Axe Valley and via Colyford and the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve. Fun for all the family and great for bird and wildlife watchers.
Beer Quarry Caves has a 2,000 year history of quarrying stone using virtually unchanged methods from Roman times until the last century. Guided tours of vast underground caverns which provided Beer stone for many historic buildings, including Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.
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Beer Quarry Caves Ltd
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Beer Quarry Caves has a 2,000 year history of quarrying stone using virtually unchanged methods from Roman times until the last century. Guided tours of vast underground caverns which provided Beer stone for many historic buildings, including Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.
Knightshayes Court is a Victorian country house near Tiverton. Designed by William Burges for the Heathcote-Amory family. Interesting house and extensive gardens.
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Knightshayes Gardens National Trust
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Knightshayes Court is a Victorian country house near Tiverton. Designed by William Burges for the Heathcote-Amory family. Interesting house and extensive gardens.
Not far from Exeter, this is one of Devon's great estates. With a landscape garden, parkland, Georgian house and renowned fashion collection.
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Killerton House
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Not far from Exeter, this is one of Devon's great estates. With a landscape garden, parkland, Georgian house and renowned fashion collection.
Montacute, Somerset. Built at the end of the 16th century, this is considered to be one of the most beautiful Elizabethan houses in England. Be sure to visit the Long Gallery with it's fabulous portraits.
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Montacute House
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Montacute, Somerset. Built at the end of the 16th century, this is considered to be one of the most beautiful Elizabethan houses in England. Be sure to visit the Long Gallery with it's fabulous portraits.
Intimate manor house with Arts and Crafts style garden near Somerton, Somerset.
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Lytes Cary Manor
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Intimate manor house with Arts and Crafts style garden near Somerton, Somerset.
Quirky 18th century 16 sided house near Exmouth, the work of two eccentric spinster cousins Jane and Mary Parminter in 1796. Full of creative treasures from around the world.
National Trust - A la Ronde
Quirky 18th century 16 sided house near Exmouth, the work of two eccentric spinster cousins Jane and Mary Parminter in 1796. Full of creative treasures from around the world.
Exeter's wonderful museum (RAMM), has stunning displays and galleries, world-class collections and fabulous exhibitions.
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Royal Albert Memorial Museum
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Exeter's wonderful museum (RAMM), has stunning displays and galleries, world-class collections and fabulous exhibitions.
Medieval passages designed to bring clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city of Exeter, guided tours have taken place since the 1930's. Fascinating but maybe not for the claustrophobic!
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Underground Passages
2 Paris St
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Medieval passages designed to bring clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city of Exeter, guided tours have taken place since the 1930's. Fascinating but maybe not for the claustrophobic!
Iron Age hillfort near Southleigh, Colyton, a popular spot for picnics and fabulous at bluebell time! Just down the road, is family run Blackbury Honey Farm, where you can buy their own bee's honey and enjoy a tea or coffee.
Blackbury Camp
Iron Age hillfort near Southleigh, Colyton, a popular spot for picnics and fabulous at bluebell time! Just down the road, is family run Blackbury Honey Farm, where you can buy their own bee's honey and enjoy a tea or coffee.
Sir David Attenborough said, "A remarkable museum, a gem". Built on the site of Mary Anning's home, Lyme Regis Museum stands in the heart of the town, with stunning sea views from the new Mary Anning Wing. Displays showcase a world class fossil collection as well as featuring the towns colourful history.
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Lyme Regis Museum
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Sir David Attenborough said, "A remarkable museum, a gem". Built on the site of Mary Anning's home, Lyme Regis Museum stands in the heart of the town, with stunning sea views from the new Mary Anning Wing. Displays showcase a world class fossil collection as well as featuring the towns colourful history.
Explore Seaton Wetlands and enjoy beautiful marshland and reedbeds alongside the River Axe. Birdwatch from any of the five bird hides. New tram stop at the wetlands this year.
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Seaton Wetlands
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Explore Seaton Wetlands and enjoy beautiful marshland and reedbeds alongside the River Axe. Birdwatch from any of the five bird hides. New tram stop at the wetlands this year.
Designed and built by Sir Edward Lutyens, and sitting high above the ancient woodlands of the Teign Gorge near Drewsteignton, Castle Drogo is undergoing major conservation. This year is a transition year as some of the collection goes back on display, and other rooms are back to normal. Lutyens designed garden colourful in all seasons.
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Castle Drogo
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Designed and built by Sir Edward Lutyens, and sitting high above the ancient woodlands of the Teign Gorge near Drewsteignton, Castle Drogo is undergoing major conservation. This year is a transition year as some of the collection goes back on display, and other rooms are back to normal. Lutyens designed garden colourful in all seasons.
Fascinating place to visit, the former home of Sir Frances Drake, in Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton. The Abbey is stuffed with history, and the gardens are lovely too.
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Buckland Abbey
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Fascinating place to visit, the former home of Sir Frances Drake, in Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton. The Abbey is stuffed with history, and the gardens are lovely too.
Gardens
Dalwood, near Axminster. Beautifully landscaped gardens extending to nearly 13 acres with superb views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy morning coffee, light refreshments and homemade cream teas from the tea room.
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Burrow Farm Gardens
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Dalwood, near Axminster. Beautifully landscaped gardens extending to nearly 13 acres with superb views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy morning coffee, light refreshments and homemade cream teas from the tea room.
Once described as "...the most perfect monastery in England", Forde Abbey, near Chard, was built almost 900 years ago by Cistercian monks. The beautiful 30 acre gardens have something of interest all year round.
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Forde Abbey House and Gardens
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Once described as "...the most perfect monastery in England", Forde Abbey, near Chard, was built almost 900 years ago by Cistercian monks. The beautiful 30 acre gardens have something of interest all year round.
Near Budleigh Salterton. Wonderful gardens and hothouses, Woodland Railway, miniature village and adventure playground, so, fun for adults and children alike!
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Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
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Near Budleigh Salterton. Wonderful gardens and hothouses, Woodland Railway, miniature village and adventure playground, so, fun for adults and children alike!
Glorious sandstone manor house and romantic valley garden, deep in a lost Dorset combe, among tumbling hills and unspoiled countryside. 5 minutes east of Beaminster
Mapperton House & Gardens
Glorious sandstone manor house and romantic valley garden, deep in a lost Dorset combe, among tumbling hills and unspoiled countryside. 5 minutes east of Beaminster
A unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde's Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian formal garden design by Sir Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Near Taunton.
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Hestercombe House & Gardens
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A unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde's Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian formal garden design by Sir Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Near Taunton.
Food scene
Lovely cafe on the western end of Seaton Esplanade, serving delicious homemade lunches and teas. Enjoy sitting by the sea with a glass of wine and watching the world go by!
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The Hideaway
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Lovely cafe on the western end of Seaton Esplanade, serving delicious homemade lunches and teas. Enjoy sitting by the sea with a glass of wine and watching the world go by!
Fantastic place to go for breakfast, with real bread and croissants, local eggs and bacon, cooked to order and done any way you like them!
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The Rousdon Village Bakery
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Fantastic place to go for breakfast, with real bread and croissants, local eggs and bacon, cooked to order and done any way you like them!
Is in Lyme Regis, as well as selling proper bread you can sit at trestle tables in the bakery and order a delicious home made lunch, very friendly and informal.
Town Mill Bakery
Is in Lyme Regis, as well as selling proper bread you can sit at trestle tables in the bakery and order a delicious home made lunch, very friendly and informal.
Beautiful setting near Gittisham, lunch in the Orangery is a fun experience and you don't have to book.
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The Pig - at Combe
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Beautiful setting near Gittisham, lunch in the Orangery is a fun experience and you don't have to book.
In lovely fishing village of Beer, relaxed bistro type restaurant open for lunch and dinner.
The Smugglers Kitchen
In lovely fishing village of Beer, relaxed bistro type restaurant open for lunch and dinner.
At the bottom of the hill in Lyme Regis, it's our new favourite place to go, sea views, relaxed, locally sourced menu, child and dog friendly.
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The Lyme Bay
8-10 Bridge St
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At the bottom of the hill in Lyme Regis, it's our new favourite place to go, sea views, relaxed, locally sourced menu, child and dog friendly.
Bishopswood, Near Chard. Locally sourced food in a relaxed setting.
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Candlelight Inn
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Bishopswood, Near Chard. Locally sourced food in a relaxed setting.
On the road between Axminster and Chard. Delicious food, lovely ambience.
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The Tytherleigh Arms
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On the road between Axminster and Chard. Delicious food, lovely ambience.
Favourite pub near Branscombe, especially out of season and with the fire going! Cosy and old fashioned.
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The Fountain Head
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Favourite pub near Branscombe, especially out of season and with the fire going! Cosy and old fashioned.
Lovely thatched pub and restaurant in Branscombe.
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Masons Arms
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Lovely thatched pub and restaurant in Branscombe.
Dalwood, near Axminster. Traditional thatched pub and restaurant.
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The Tuckers Arms
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Dalwood, near Axminster. Traditional thatched pub and restaurant.
Lively pub in Colyton.
The Kingfisher
Lively pub in Colyton.
Charming cafe in Honiton with small rear garden.
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Toast
151A High Street
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Charming cafe in Honiton with small rear garden.
Good cafe in Honiton with a sunny garden at the back.
Boston Tea Party Honiton
53 High Street
Good cafe in Honiton with a sunny garden at the back.
Small Bar/Restaurant near the sea front in Sidmouth.
Blinis Cafe Bar
Small Bar/Restaurant near the sea front in Sidmouth.
Fun place to go in Axminster, all food locally sourced.
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River Cottage Kitchen
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Fun place to go in Axminster, all food locally sourced.
Neighbourhood
Bustling seaside town famous for the Cobb and great for fossil hunting.
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Lyme Regis
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Bustling seaside town famous for the Cobb and great for fossil hunting.
Elegant Regency seaside town with many independent shops, pubs and cafes. Sandy beach at the western end at Jacob's ladder by Connought Gardens.
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Sidmouth
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Elegant Regency seaside town with many independent shops, pubs and cafes. Sandy beach at the western end at Jacob's ladder by Connought Gardens.
Pretty fishing village, deckchairs and cafes on the beach. Buy fish straight from the sea in the fishermans hut on the slipway. Relax with a pint overlooking the sea.
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Beer
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Pretty fishing village, deckchairs and cafes on the beach. Buy fish straight from the sea in the fishermans hut on the slipway. Relax with a pint overlooking the sea.
Known as the longest village in England it has a very long pebbly unspoilt beach with lovely cafe next to the car park. Masons Arms and Fountains Head also for food and drink. Good bracing walks on the Coast Path to Beer or Salcombe Regis
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Branscombe
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Known as the longest village in England it has a very long pebbly unspoilt beach with lovely cafe next to the car park. Masons Arms and Fountains Head also for food and drink. Good bracing walks on the Coast Path to Beer or Salcombe Regis
Bustling market town set in glorious Dorset countryside. Many lovely independent shops including the famous Snooks hat shop. Antiquarian bookshops and lots of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Symondsbury Estate just outside Bridport, also well worth a visit.
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Bridport
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Bustling market town set in glorious Dorset countryside. Many lovely independent shops including the famous Snooks hat shop. Antiquarian bookshops and lots of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Symondsbury Estate just outside Bridport, also well worth a visit.
Ancient city on the river Exe, parts of which survive, Exeter Cathedral and Cathedral Close are particularly beautiful. Museum and Underground Passages well worth visiting.
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Exeter
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Ancient city on the river Exe, parts of which survive, Exeter Cathedral and Cathedral Close are particularly beautiful. Museum and Underground Passages well worth visiting.
Devon and Somerset's fabulous moor with it's deep valleys and hidden villages. Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway on the north coast, Valley of the Rocks, Doone Valley, Tarr Steps and Exmoor ponies only a small selection of things to see there!
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Exmoor
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Devon and Somerset's fabulous moor with it's deep valleys and hidden villages. Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway on the north coast, Valley of the Rocks, Doone Valley, Tarr Steps and Exmoor ponies only a small selection of things to see there!
Wild mid-Devon moorland, Dartmoor is famous for it's Tors, wild ponies and Dartmoor Prison!
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Dartmeet
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Wild mid-Devon moorland, Dartmoor is famous for it's Tors, wild ponies and Dartmoor Prison!
Excellent for fossiling, sandy beach and fossil shop.
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Charmouth
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Excellent for fossiling, sandy beach and fossil shop.
Good for Children
Open every day, free entry and parking. A great day out, good cafe, gardens, playgrounds and above all, lots of donkeys!
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The Donkey Sanctuary
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Open every day, free entry and parking. A great day out, good cafe, gardens, playgrounds and above all, lots of donkeys!
Family run wildlife park just outside Axminster, many different and exotic animals, reptiles and birds. Playgrounds and snacks.
Axe Valley Wildlife Park
Family run wildlife park just outside Axminster, many different and exotic animals, reptiles and birds. Playgrounds and snacks.
Interactive and educational, play areas and cafe.
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Seaton Jurassic
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Interactive and educational, play areas and cafe.
Highly recommended day out. Miniature steam railway, glorious gardens, playgrounds and cafe, all with stunning views over the sea.
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Pecorama
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Highly recommended day out. Miniature steam railway, glorious gardens, playgrounds and cafe, all with stunning views over the sea.
On the coast road (A3052) to Exeter. Fun whatever the weather.
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Crealy Theme Park & Resort
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On the coast road (A3052) to Exeter. Fun whatever the weather.
Fun family day out, animals and birds of prey, Saxon Village, maze, zipline amongst other things.
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Wildwood Escot
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Fun family day out, animals and birds of prey, Saxon Village, maze, zipline amongst other things.