Beer is a picturesque ancient fishing village situated in south east Devon and part of the England’s first World Heritage Site, The Jurassic Coast. Nestled in a narrow valley, forming part of Lyme Bay and in one of the most sheltered locations along the Devon coast, this former haven for smugglers is brimming with history and tradition. If you are thinking of heading to Beer for a Devon holiday, there are lots of attractions and sights to see.
Fishing had always been this village’s main industry historically and is still present today with a few working fishermen landing on the beach with their latest catch. With no harbour in Beer, electrical winches are used to haul the boats in to shore. The curved coastline has provided better fishing conditions than neighbouring villages due to its sheltering qualities avoiding the harsh westerly winds. In the past when the men were out at sea, the women of Beer would produce lace. The women made a name for themselves and were soon renowned lace makers, managing to take their pieces to Honiton which in the Victorian era was the home of lace. It was then sourced out to members of The Royal Family and wealthy aristocrats.
With dramatic chalk white cliffs above hidden underground caves, Beer has gorgeous landscape to admire and is part of the South West Coast Path. You can visit the unusual Beer Quarry Caves where Beer stone has been quarried for 2000 years, and has been used in important buildings such as Westminster Abbey. A stroll through the pretty streets of Beer village, will uncover independent shops, traditional fish and chip restaurants, and local delicatessens where you can sample and devour some fine local produce.
Local attractions to keep the kids amused include Beer beach with its brightly coloured deckchairs and wooden working boats. The natural sheltering effect from the limestone cliffs protect the beach from the wind. You can hire motor boats here or perfect your skills with a mackerel fishing trip out on the waters. Beach cafés provide refreshments such as ice creams, light meals, and snacks for a relaxed day by the sea. A short drive away is the exhilarating Crealy Great Adventure Park which will keep both kids and adults entertained. The park caters for all ages and has rides, animal shows, and undercover attractions for those not so sunny days.
We have lots of different varieties of accommodation in Beer and Devon to suit your needs so make sure you take a look at all of our options from hotels to cottages, and holiday parks to B&B’s.