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WHAT CAN I DO AT EXMOUTH WITH MY FAMILY?

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There are plenty of fun things to do in Exmouth, from enjoying the beach to hiking on the cliffs! This blog post will go into all of the best activities in the area. Exmouth is a picturesque seaside town in East Devon, sitting at the meeting point of the Jurassic Coast, which spans into Dorset and the River Exe’s estuary that spreads northwards to Exeter.
This handy meeting point means that there are plenty of attractions in the town, and it is also a great base to explore the East Devon region. The town has everything you need – with a population of over 34,000; it is home to plenty of restaurants, a solid number of bars and pubs, and plenty of good value hotels.
So let’s look at all of the best things to do in Exmouth and beyond!

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ENJOY THE SEAFRONT
Most people wondering what to do in Exmouth think of the seafront first. The bustling two kilometres of beachfront are well worth visiting on any trip to Exmouth. As well as the golden sandy beach, you’ve got pedalo boats, amusement arcades and kids’ playgrounds, and plenty of beachside pubs, restaurants, bars, and ice cream stalls.
Some of the best walks in Exmouth are along its seafront, but it’s also a great place to spend a day relaxing and enjoying Great British seaside culture.
EXMOUTH MUSEUM
If you’re keen to learn about the history of East Devon, or if you are looking for things to do in Exmouth in the rain, the Exmouth museum in the town centre is a great point of call. Costing just £1.50 for entry, the museum details the social and geographical history of the town. It is located just off High Street.
GO HIKING ON THE MOORS
Most people come to Exmouth for the beaches, but there are mystical moors located to the north of the town that is well worth a trip. There are plenty of trails here to spend a day or two traversing around; they pass through woodland, lakes, and quarries. It’s a great spot for birdwatching or just enjoying nature, and there are some historic attractions like Woodbury Castle.
EXPLORE THE ESTUARY
The River Exe has a beautiful estuary that terminates in Exmouth and is perfect for walking or jogging. Lympstone, Exton and Topsham are all on the Exmouth side of the estuary and can be hiked or driven.
TAKE A BOAT TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ESTUARY
There’s the other side of the estuary too, of course – in the summer, you can take the Starcross Ferry to Starcross and explore this side. Dawlish Warren is a popular seaside settlement with gorgeous beaches and rock formations, and Starcross is a really pleasant town with Powderham Castle just to the north. If you want to have your car on the other side of the estuary, it’s about a 50-minute drive from Exmouth to Dawlish Warren, with plenty of stops.
BOAT CRUISES
Another boat option is the various boat cruises that are available from Exmouth. Take in the Jurassic Coast from sea level, learn about its pre-historic history, tour Torquay further along the coast, or enjoy an evening cruise with a gourmet dinner. Tours can be arranged from the seafront office.
DO SOME WATER SPORTS
As well as boating, Exmouth is a great destination for water sports enthusiasts. The combination of calmer river water at the mouth of the Exe and the waters of the English Channel makes it ideal for any water sport enthusiasts. Go Stand Up Paddleboarding at the end of the Exe Estuary, or on particularly rough days, and you might be able to go surfing! There are also options to go kayaking and jet-skiing.
SEE THE GEONEEDLE
Exmouth is at the start of the Jurassic Coast, which is potentially the best coastal drive in the UK. Marking the start is the Geoneedle, located at the beach’s eastern end at the top of the cliffs. From here, you can enjoy the stunning scenery of the coast and beachfront and the rolling countryside around the town.
HIKE TO BUDLEIGH SALTERTON
From the Geoneedle, it’s possible to hike a segment of the South West Coast Path to Budleigh Salterton, the next beachside town. You can also hike beyond if you want – soon, there will be a coastal path going around the entire country – but the South West path is already intact.
Budleigh Salterton is a smaller town with a pebbled beach, so it isn’t quite as popular as Exmouth, but it is pleasant for a mosey around and is well situated to visit the next two attractions on this list.
VISIT OTTERTON AND ITS MILL.
Just up the River Otter from Budleigh Salterton, Otterton is home to a thousand-year-old mill and various quaint thatched-roof cottages. The mill is open to visitors year-round and has some ‘milling nights’ that help people see exactly how corn has been milled here.
You might see beavers in the River Otter by the mill if you’re really lucky. They appeared here after not being seen in the wild in the UK for 500 years – nobody’s sure how they got there, but they are making efforts to conserve them now. You can learn about all of this history on a Beaver Walk.
VISIT EAST BUDLEIGH
East Budleigh is a quintessentially British village inland from Budleigh Salterton. It’s home to thatched-roof cottages, quiet country roads, and a strong village atmosphere. It’s famed for being the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh, and you can visit his statue here and drink in the pub named after him. There’s also a designated pew for the Raleigh family in the local church. It’s worth including visiting East Budleigh on a trip to Otterton, Budleigh Salterton, or after walking across the moors from Exmouth.
VISIT TURQUOISE BAY
Turquoise Bay gets its name from the breathtaking waters surrounding the bay. With stunning blue waters and chalky white sands, Turquoise Bay has well and truly earned its spot on the list of Exmouth things to do. Rated the second-best beach in the south pacific and number six in the world, it would be a crime to miss out on this beautiful destination located in Exmouth, Western Australia.
Accessible all year, Turquoise Bay makes for the perfect snorkel location and is a favourite among many divers. You’re looking at about a 60-kilometre drive into the Cape Range National Park to get here from Exmouth.
SEE TURTLES HATCHING AT JURABI TURTLE CENTRE
Watching turtles hatch in front of your eyes is surely something you’d only imagine happening in documentaries. Well, no, here at Jurabi Turtle Centre, you can experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for yourself. With hatching season between November and March each year, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at nature forming right in front of you.
Jurabi Turtle Centre Exmouth has spent years ensuring the safe hatching of these turtles and allowing people to come down and experience it for themselves. Entry to JTC is free, although the cost for the nighttime tour is around $25. Costs are variant on the time of year and availability, so it’s advisable to check online to obtain this information.
There will be a 3-4 hour tour, including the witnessing of turtles hatching and an educational presentation on the centre’s history. With three of the world’s seven marine turtles nesting on these beaches each year, you’re in for a pretty spectacular time.