One of the most picturesque villages in East Devon, Branscombe is definitely a beautiful sight to behold. Sweeping down a valley, Branscombe is believed to be the longest village in England and has rows of playful, colourful, and traditional thatched cottages make this pretty destination a firm favourite amongst visitors. Come and experience the beauty of this village during a Branscombe Holiday.
Branscombe is bursting with a rich and varied history. From the early 1600’s it became one of the main producers of lace and later on in 1840, the women of Branscombe and neighbouring Beer helped create Queen Victoria’s spectacular wedding gown. In the 1880’s Branscombe’s potato production was to a very high standard; so much so it rivalled Jersey’s famous crops. Between 1939 and 1945, the village was home to a secret factory producing aircraft components and shells for the Second World War. Historic buildings still stand today such as the old bakery and Branscombe Forge. Inside the bakery today, you can see the original open fireplaces, tins, and traditional storage jars from former years on display. Now a tearoom, make sure you stay for a slice of cake and steaming hot brew. The forge is believed to be the oldest working thatched forge in the country. Admire the blacksmiths hard at work and purchase unique metal pieces in the interesting gallery.
Fancy a day by the sea? Branscombe beach is part of the impressive Jurassic Coast. Take a dip, explore the rock pools with the kids, or pack a picnic and relax on this glorious coastline. You can enjoy coastal walks along the high cliffs or take trips out to sea and brush up on your fishing technique. Two main pubs lie at the heart of Branscombe, the Fountain Head and the Mason Arms. Serving fresh home cooked meals sourced from local ingredients, and warm cosy interiors, these traditional publican houses are set in gorgeous original buildings. Pop in after a day at the beach for a refreshing glass of good local ale, produced at the Branscombe Vale Brewery.
If you’re after some fun attractions to keep the little ones entertained, there are lots to be found in East Devon and a short distance from Branscombe. The Donkey Sanctuary where visitors can meet the friendly residents and enjoy woodland walks, and the Thorn Golf Centre which boasts a crazy golf course and driving range, are a couple of great day trip options.
Have we convinced you to take a holiday to the picture-postcard village of Branscombe? We are certain you will find lots to see, do and explore here, and in the surrounding Devon area. Make sure you browse our different types of accommodation we offer to get your holiday plans started.