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A port town in the East of the county of Devon in England, Exmouth is sited on the east bank of the River Exe. With a wide range of architecture spanning Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras, Exmouth is a popular destination for tourists, particularly due to the beautiful seaside position it holds.

The seafront has a traditional promenade perfect for walks at dusk. The 16-sided 18th-century house called A La Ronde, now in the ownership of the National Trust, lies on the northern outskirts of the town.

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The eastern end of the town is the site of The Barn, a late 19th century house in Arts and Crafts style. Exmouth had one of the county's longest surviving nightclubs: Samanthas, which was a cinema before conversion into a tenpin bowling alley, converted back into a nightclub, the building remained this way until 2008, when it was redeveloped into flats, however it is still an interesting sight.

Dawlish Museum, Barton Terrace, Dawlish, Devon EX7 9QH (01626) 888557
Located just three miles from Exmouth; the Dawlish Museum houses collections donated by local people.
Exhibited in this 19th Century former gentleman’s residence are artefacts dating from the Victorian era, military campaigns and local industry.

One of the centrepieces of the museum is the set of bagpipes famously played by Piper Bill Millin on Sword Beach during the D-Day landings in 1944.

A La Ronde, Summer Lane, Exmouth EX8 5BD (01395) 265514
This 16-sided house is surrounded by 15 acres of lawned gardens close to the centre of Exmouth.
Built for two spinster sisters in the late 18th Century, the house was modelled on a Basilica in Ravenna, Italy.
Now owned and run by the National Trust, A La Ronde is open from February until October.

Fairlynch Museum, 27 Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6NP (01395) 442666
A uniquely thatched museum; Fairlynch is housed in a 19th Century marine cottage topped with a turret so that the former owner could see his ships arriving.

Exhibiting a collection of geological specimens from the ‘Jurassic’ coast; the museum also displays artefacts from the 18th Century, including lace, toys and costumes.





 

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