The attractive town of Axminster, lies in the beautiful Axe Valley, an area of outstanding beauty, boasting quaint villages and unspoilt countryside. Situated a few miles inland from the Jurassic coast, tucked in the south east corner of Devon, Axminster is an ideal touring centre for the neighbouring counties of Somerset and Dorset. Good quality accommodation to suit all requirements is available in the area.
Axminster is known for the superb-quality carpets which are produced here. The carpet industry dates back to 1755, but Axminster and its place in history dates back to Roman times and before. It played a role in the Monmouth rebellion of 1685 and was a staging post for the ride from Falmouth to London in 1805 to carry news of the Battle of Trafalgar, this route is now known as the Trafalgar Way and all the towns and villages the rider visited are commemorated with a plaque.
Each Thursday a lively and important market is held under the conditions of the Royal Charter granted by King John in 1210.
Axminster Benefits from a good network of public transport, being on the main London-Plymouth railway line with connecting buses to the Jurassic coast and other areas of Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Exeter International Airport is approximately 20 miles from Axminster.
There are walks, including the East Devon Way and cycle routes in and around Axminster and the Axe Valley, the Tour de Manche comes through the town as does 2 national cycle routes, and there are opportunities to take part in horse riding, golf, fishing and wildlife watching. Local gardens such as Burrow Farm Gardens and places of interest such as Axe Valley Wildlife Park are right on our doorstep, but within a 10 – 15 mile radius we have dozens of places of interest including the world renowned Donkey Sanctuary and the Cobb at Lyme Regis.
Within the town we have up to 20 places to eat. The Flamingo Pool, that boasts the largest hydro pool in the South West, Art Galleries, a department store, independent shops, cricket pitches, bowling lawns and a football club. The Guildhall has a raked floor for theatre productions which are put on regularly. An annual Axe Vale Festival draws thousands to the town. The celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall has chosen to have his River Cottage HQ just outside the town and his award winning Canteen and Deli is situated in the heart of Axminster near the Minster.
For more information about Axminster and it’s History go to www.axminsterheritage.org