A Tale Through Time

When you visit Ottery St Mary, you'll find a place that beautifully combines the past and the present, creating a captivating destination that exudes history, tradition, and forward-thinking vision. Experience the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern conveniences.

History and Heritage

There are plenty of things to do in Ottery St Mary and the town proudly showcases its rich history, evident in its architectural treasures. The Grade 1 listed church, reminiscent of Exeter Cathedral, stands as a testament to the past, dating back to 1260. Other parts of the town, such as the picturesque triangle area of Gold Street and Silver Street, harken back to the Georgian era. As you explore, you'll come across 15 blue plaques, unveiling fascinating snippets of Ottery St Mary's history. This storied past has inspired renowned literary figures like Coleridge, who once called this town home, as well as Thackeray and JK Rowling, among others.

Sustainability is the key

While Ottery St Mary cherishes its heritage, it also looks towards the future. The town aspires to be sustainable, placing a strong emphasis on supporting local producers and farm shops. Nearby eateries proudly feature menus brimming with locally grown produce, showcasing the community's commitment to preserving the natural landscape and ensuring its beauty and sustainability for generations to come.

A visit to Ottery St Mary is a journey through time, where you can immerse yourself in the richness of history while witnessing a community that values sustainability and embraces the future. Explore the fascinating historical sites, savour the flavours of locally sourced cuisine, and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds this extraordinary town. Ottery St Mary awaits, ready to leave you with cherished memories of a place that harmoniously weaves together the past and the present.

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Explore Ottery's heritage

To discover a tale through time, follow Ottery's Heritage Walk. Highlighting fascinating heritage architecture and iconic landmarks, it is a great way to explore medieval buildings, including the famous parish church. 

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Get into the Festive Spirit in Ottery St Mary

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Now that Halloween is over, there’s no better time to start getting into the Christmas spirit! Ottery St Mary is the perfect place to enjoy the festivities, with lots of unique community events taking place throughout November and December. There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved with lots of…

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Step into a Medieval Wonderland at Wildwood Devon This Christmas

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This holiday season, Wildwood Devon invites you to step back in time with Earth Santa – a unique twist on the traditional Father Christmas experience. From the 18th to the 24th of December, Santa and his Earth Elves can be found in Wildwood’s Saxon Village – an outdoor living history centre set up…

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Diego arrives in Devon following life-saving rescue

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Wildwood Trust, working with Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park, has successfully rescued Diego, the sole surviving bear at Orsa Predator Park in Sweden, which will soon close. The Swedish park is due to close imminently to make room for a leisure facility and staff were ordered to euthanise any animals…

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The Ottery St. Mary Tar Barrels: A Fiery Tradition

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Are you ready for Ottery St. Mary’s fiery tradition? Taking place on Saturday 4th November, the town becomes a hive of activity to celebrate the unique Tar Barrels! Whether you’re a local or a visitor, make sure to pop by and see this spectacular showing. The history of the Tar Barrels dates back…

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Ottery St Mary’s Historic Church

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Standing proud in Ottery St. Mary is a magnificent testament to history, architecture, and faith: St. Mary's Church. This ancient parish church has stood for centuries, witnessing the ebb and flow of time and serving as a symbol of continuity in an ever-changing world. If you think it bears a…

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