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Things to Do in Axminster

Located in East Devon where you have easy access to the Jurassic Coast and the many activities and attractions associated with the UNESCO World Heritage site, Axminster is a great destination for those that love history, heritage and being active.  

As well as its proximity to the Jurassic Coast, Axminster has also been known for the production of both carpets and pottery and for being the base of celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal who’s famous River Cottage TV series is filmed on his farm in Axminster. He also works with and owns a number of eateries and pubs throughout the town.  

Learn about the town’s legacy 

Axminster is famous for its carpet industry and Axminster carpets have long been associated with quality. They are known for their colourful patterns and the production methods which used powerful looms and decorated many a stately home from the 1750s onwards. You can find out more about the town’s heritage at the Axminster Museum, which is located in the Old Courthouse. The exhibits chart the history of the carpet industry, as well as history from around the region, old photographs and ancient coins. Not content with the town’s history, visitors can also see the differences between the ancient and modern carpet manufacturing process.  

Not interested in carpets, there is still plenty for you to explore, the town’s Forde Abbey is a Grade I listed building. It is a former monastery dating back to the 12th century and parts of it survived the Dissolution of the Monsteries and can still be seen today. The town also has its own theatre, sports centre and swimming pool as well as a train station, which allows you to easily travel around Devon, as well as connecting you to London – ideal for anyone who wants to leave the car at home!  

Walker’s paradise  

East Devon is known for its natural beauty and Axminster sits within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which incorporates a number of walking and cycling trails. The town is close to the Blackdown Hills, the East Devon Way and the South West Coast Path.