From Axminster you can explore in any direction and never be bored!
Within minutes of the town you can be deep in rolling Devon, Somerset or Dorset countryside with exquisite scenery and diverse wildlife.
You can also drift down to the Jurassic coast (a World Heritage Site) and take your pick from resorts like Lyme Regis, Seaton and Beer or the less populated but very lovely Branscombe, Charmouth and Seatown.
Easily accessible from the A35 and A303, Axminster lies just off the main routes into Devon and Cornwall.
You can equally get here by rail direct from Central London or Exeter and switch to a bus that will offer you some superb views as it delivers you to the glorious resorts along the Jurassic coastline.
Looking for a coffee and cake or a sumptuous meal? Where do you buy some great books, locally made gifts or your Sunday joint? Totally Locally Axminster’s new Shoppers & Visitors Map guides you around the town’s retail businesses and helps you locate other essential facilities. It also gives you some suggestions on great places to visit right across beautiful East Devon.
The map has been supported by the East Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund delivered local;ly on behalf of Defra. You can also find a blow-up copy on display in Trinity Square courtesy of Boots and local businessman Ian Styles who hand-made its frame.
Axminster is famous across the world for its high quality carpets. In days gone by, they rang the bells of the Minster Church each time a new carpet was completed. The Minster itself was once so prestigious that Saxon princes were buried there. In the 1700s, no fewer than 16 horse-drawn coaches stopped in Axminster each day en route from the West Country to London. Today, you will find all that history celebrated in plaques dotted through the town, with the stories all told at the Axminster Heritage Centre.
Situated at the apex of three amazing AONBs, Axminster is the perfect base from which to explore beautiful coast and countryside. Try these for size: COUNTRYSIDE: East Devon AONB; Blackdown Hills AONB; Dorset AONB; NATURE: Seaton Wetlands; Trinity Hill Nature Reserve; Axe Valley Wildlife Park; WALKS: South West Coast Path; East Devon Way; GARDENS: Burrow Farm Gardens; FUN: Seaton Jurassic; Seaton Tramway; Flamingo Pool, Axminster.
Ours is a town that values its independents! Our economy has grown up around small local traders who are embedded in the community and serve it through thick and thin, most notably during the 2020 pandemic.
Around our streets you will find a unique assortment of outlets to eat, drink and shop and, in the wider area, plenty of great places to stay and stimulating things to do.