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Hotels in Axminster
Sitting on top of a hill overlooking the River Axe, Axminster is an attractive market town in east Devon, close to the border with Dorset. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and less than six miles from the coast, the town is centred on its Saxon parish church, which stands on Minster Green at its heart.
Why you'll love Axminster
Axminster is, of course, famous for its carpets, which were created by weaver Thomas Whitty in 1755. Before then, carpets were rare in England, but when Whitty saw large, brightly coloured specimens from Turkey in a warehouse in London, he resolved to create some of his own. The hand-knotted carpets, woven by girls as young as ten, became hugely popular with the rich across the country and are still made in the town. If you happen to be wandering in the graveyard of what is now the United Reformed Church, Whitty is buried there.
The town's other claim to fame is its link with celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, whose River Cottage operation is based on a farm in the Axe Valley. There is a River Cottage Canteen and Deli in an old inn and former ballroom in Trinity Square, in the town centre. Here you can eat or buy seasonal, locally produced food, sometimes with the accompaniment of live music.
Book one of our Axminster hotels and discover this quietly historic town and its delightful surroundings.
Originally a police station and courthouse, Axminster Museum offers an insight into the town's past. As well as exhibits relating to its carpet industry, there are costumes, textiles, photographs, farming tools, archaeological finds, coins, medals and archives. Most of the exhibits are housed in the former courtroom upstairs, while the old police cells have been turned into the Arts Café next to the museum. There are also occasional special exhibitions. Entry is free, and the museum is open from June to September. Opening hours are from 11:00 until 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 to 16:00 on Thursdays, and 11:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays.
The town is on the edge of both the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB) and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, both wonderful places to explore on foot, on a bike or on horseback. The Blackdown Hills are an undulating landscape of farms, villages, fields and springs and home to numerous rare plants and animals. Here you'll find barn owls, orchids, nightjars, lizards, kingfishers, otters and bird's foot trefoils, as well as the marbled white, green hairstreak, purple hairstreak and gatekeeper butterflies. The area also has more than 4,000 sites and buildings of archaeological and historic interest, including Iron Age hill forts, Romanised farms, and medieval houses and monuments. The coastline and rivers of the East Devon AONB are excellent for fishing, kayaking or sailing, while its farm shops, farmers' markets, wineries and dairies will feed your appetite for local produce. For walkers, there's the East Devon Way, a 40-mile route between Lyme Regis and Exmouth. The South West Coast Path takes you along the Jurassic Coast, whose rocks span the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods, dating back 185 million years.
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