Honiton has changed very little since it was first described as the most beautiful landscape in the world by Daniel Defoe in 1724. It is of historic significance as Queen Victoria’s wedding dress was created out of Honiton lace. You can view an extensive collection of Honiton lace at the Allhallows Museum, which features several lace making demonstrations as well as exhibits. Honiton is a charming market town made famous by lace and pottery, it is widely regarded as the antiques hub of the South West.
Surrounded by the Natural Landscape (AONB)
Honiton can be found in East Devon’s Natural Landscape (formerly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and sits on the banks of the River Otter. The countryside around the town is spectacular and boasts many local beauty spots including Hembury Fort and Blackbury Camp, visiting in Spring will mean you’ll get to see them both blanketed in bluebells.
Explore the great outdoors
Honiton is a great destination for anyone wanting to explore the great outdoors as the Natural Landscape (AONB) gives you plenty of opportunity for walks, cycle trails and picnics. You’re only a few miles from the Jurassic Coast and from here, you can take day trips to other towns around Devon, such as Seaton, Sidmouth and Beer where you can admire the stunning coast and enjoy a day on the beach.
Amazing local events
It isn’t just lace making workshops that visitors can enjoy, Honiton has a variety of local events, such as the Agriculture Show which has been running for 127 years. Hot Pennies Day which takes place in July is a must for anyone who is visiting. It is an unusual event where warmed pennies are scattered from pub windows. The Honiton Festival, which is a celebration of classical music and visual arts is a biannual event.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Honiton have a beach?
Honiton does not have a beach, but is close to several beaches along the East Devon coast, including Seaton, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Beer. Branscombe beach is just 20 minutes by car. There is private parking at Branscombe beach, with more information available at the link.Find out more about Branscombe beach