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Holidays in Honiton

A thriving town full of tradition in East Devon

Honiton by Jonathan Thacker - CC BY-SA 2.0

Honiton is a characterful Devonshire market town lined with Georgian architecture.

With narrow streets, courtyards and former coaching inns lining the historic high street, it’s easy to see why Honiton is so special. As one of Mid-Devon’s prettiest towns, Honiton is renowned for being the antique capital. Browse the many antique and pottery shops to find something truly unique.

Its spectacular location within rolling countryside and steep hills means you can travel through inspiring country lanes from the town centre, leading you to smaller villages and hamlets. As the gateway to Devon, Honiton is the perfect holiday destination due to its close proximity to Dartmoor, Exmoor and the south coast.

Walkers will feel right at home, with the varying moorland, countryside and South West Coast Path to choose from. Join the coast path at Seaton to ramble along the cliffs to Sidmouth, or opt for a woodland jaunt at Coombe Wood. The circular route through Honiton is also most pleasant, passing many of the town’s heritage sites.

Honiton Museum by Robert Cutts - CC BY 2.0

If you’d like to explore Honiton’s unique history, head to Allhallows Museum to browse a comprehensive collection of Honiton lace and antiques. Whether you’re a history buff or simply curious, you’re guaranteed to learn something new at the museum. For a delicious Devon cream tea on your afternoon out, stop at Royal Oak Farm. Or, for a cooling summer treat, check out the delicious ice creams and sorbets at Otter Valley Dairy.

Don’t miss the opportunity to browse Honiton’s famous street market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Whether you’re picking up seasonal vegetables and meats to create an authentic Devonshire dish in your cottage, or freshly baked breads, cheeses and pasties for a delightful picnic, you won’t regret strolling through the centre on market day.

Choose from one of Honiton’s many traditional restaurants and eclectic eateries for lunch or dinner. The Otter Inn is a fine choice, set just outside in the village of Weston. Tuck into British pub classics with a Devonshire twist, such as West Country sirloin steak with cherry tomatoes and garlic mushrooms, or freshly beer battered cod. For an eclectic menu, head to The Holt. Expect dishes such as smoked duck and potato croquette, celeriac remoulade and horseradish or maple cured pork loin, chorizo, pea puree and baked potato.

“Honiton is a characterful Devonshire market town lined with Georgian architecture.”

Though set peacefully among countryside inland, Honiton is just 20 minutes from popular coastal resorts such as Lyme Regis. From here you can explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, or head further south for the English Riviera.

While you’re there

The Donkey Sanctuary

Visit and learn about the rescued donkeys in sanctuary set in pretty and peaceful countryside.

Escot Fantasy Gardens, Maze and Woodland

A wild day out in the grounds of a manor house where peacocks roam free and there is a giant natural maze.

Beer Quarry Caves

Visit the caves and learn about where Beer stone is used.

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