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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Things you might not know about Ottery St Mary

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As one of the oldest parishes in Devon, there is a diverse history to uncover in Ottery St Mary and that’s not all. Just how well do you know the town? Here’s some trivia to amaze your friends and family next time you visit. Ottery St Mary is the birthplace of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who…

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Where to see Ottery’s heritage

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If you’re a history buff, you’ll love spending time in East Devon – aside from the Jurassic Coast itself which dates back millions of years, there are also Iron Age forts, Roman roads and a host of other interesting figures and stories. There has been a settlement at Ottery St Mary for centuries…

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Best Biz on the high street is in Ottery!

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Ottery St Mary’s Devon Eco Boutique is celebrating being the best biz on the high street! They recently won Biz Bubble’s 2024 award for being the Best Biz of the Highstreet, Biz Bubble aim to celebrate the UK’s small business sector and to give recognition to the nation’s best small companies, sole…

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Coming to Beautiful Days? Stay a while!

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If you’re coming to the Beautiful Days festival this year, make the most of your trip to East Devon by exploring the wider area with these suggestions! Beautiful Days is back for its 21 st year this year and features a huge lineup of popular musicians, including fan favourites, Fisherman’s Friends…

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Meet the residents | Ottery’s beavers

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Did you know that the River Otter is one of the only places in the UK with wild, free ranging beavers? At one time, beavers were pretty widespread across the UK, but around 500 years ago, they were hunted into extinction, with sightings being incredibly rare and any beavers spotted, being traced…

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Line up announced for Beautiful Days

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Beautiful Days have announced the full line-up for their 21 st year with names including Richard Ashcroft, The Saw Doctors, Levellers, Richard Hawley, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Damned, Toyah & Robert, Fisherman’s Friends, Hard-Fi, Inspiral Carpets, Badly Drawn Boy, New Model Army, Utah Saints and many…

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