History and Heritage

Steeped in a rich tapestry of history and heritage, the seaside haven of Exmouth beckons visitors with its stories past and architectural splendour. From Roman foundations to Georgian elegance, Exmouth’s journey through time has shaped its identity and made it a modern-day treasure trove of historical significance.


Exmouth Museum

Exmouth Museum stands as a captivating portal to the past, offering visitors a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of this coastal town. Located in the heart of Exmouth, the museum showcases a diverse collection of artifacts, exhibits, and stories that bring the town’s past to life. 


A La Ronde - National Trust

A la Ronde is a fascinatingly unique 16-sided house that was once home to two fiercely independent cousins, Mary and Jane Parminter, who went on a tour around Europe. Inspired by their travels, they built A la Ronde as a rural retreat near fashionable Exmouth and filled it with their many mementos and souvenirs. 


Otterton Mill

The idyllic setting of this historic working watermill and the stunning surrounding countryside attracts visitors year-round from all over the world. This working watermill, dating back over 1,000 years, is a testament to the region’s rich industrial heritage. Visitors can witness the ancient mill machinery in action, grinding flour and producing unique artisan products. Surrounding the mill, picturesque gardens provide a tranquil setting for a leisurely stroll, while a café and bakery tempt taste buds with delicious treats. Otterton Mill is a true gem, offering an immersive and enjoyable experience for all who visit. 


World Of Country Life’s ‘Memory Lane’

World of Country Life’s fascinating historical exhibitions offer a snapshot of rural life from times gone by – perfect for a leisurely day out.  Step back in time, by taking a literal trip down Memory Lane (World of Country Life’s Victorian Street) where you can pop into the dress shop, explore the game keeper’s cottage, test your metal at the ironmongers or even have a chat in the pub. For a special treat, pick up the receiver in the vintage phone box and listen! 


The Jurassic Coast

Exmouth is understandably proud of its position at the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. It’s blessed to be located on this unspoilt stretch of coastline – with its unique fossil-rich rocks bringing visitors from all around the globe. Renowned for its breathtaking beauty and rich geological history, the Jurassic Coast spans approximately 96 miles and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. What makes this coastline truly remarkable is its exceptional display of rock formations and fossils that date back to the Jurassic period, offering a captivating window into the Earth’s ancient past. Visitors to the Jurassic Coast can explore dramatic cliffs, picturesque coves, and secluded beaches, each revealing a fascinating story of millions of years of geological evolution.


Exmouth Tours

What’s the best way to explore Exmouth, old and new? On a walking tour, of course! Fascinating stories from past and present abound with a unique walking tour from Claire at Exmouth Tours. Together, you’ll delve into millions of years of history (185 million years, in fact), discover why Lady Nelson is buried in Exmouth and find out what the town’s link to Papua New Guinea is. 

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Historical accommodation

Whether you choose to rest your head in a converted farmhouse or thatched cottage with Classic Cottages, an Edwardian era pied-à-terre with TLC Bed and Breakfast, an 1896 Arts and Crafts-styled Beach House or Exmouth’s oldest hotel, you’re guaranteed to get an extra slice of history with some of the fantastic local accommodation on offer. 

For a real taste of old-world opulence, visitors to the area might want to look at the recently renovated Lympstone Manor. Originally constructed in the 18th Century as a Georgian mansion, the Manor has served as a private residence, a school, and a hotel in its time. Transformed by renowned chef Michael Caines, it has now become a luxurious country house hotel and restaurant, blending history with culinary excellence.