Honiton is aptly known as ‘the gateway to Devon’. A pretty market town in East Devon, it became particularly prosperous in the 17th century largely due to its lace which was favoured by ladies of the aristocracy, who would send for it from the capital. Queen Victoria even married Prince Albert in a dress that was made from Honiton lace. You can visit Allhallows Museum where you’ll find many great exhibitions displaying the stunning lacework from the town’s past.
In recent years, the town has become well known for its antiques and second-hand bookshops, with some hidden treasures to be found in the shops. The town has also developed a reputation as a great shopping location with local shops and boutiques selling clothing, gifts, plants and fabric alongside the weekly markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Honiton itself is surrounded by a large area of countryside and has plenty of opportunities for a scenic walk across an extensive footpath network. A short drive south from Honiton and you’ll reach the Devon coastline where you can join the South West Coast Path and explore some of the most stunning coastline in the whole of the UK.
Nestled within two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Jurassic Coast to the east and the Blackdown Hills to the left, Honiton’s views were once described by Daniel Defoe as “The most beautiful landscape in the world”.
Many of the eateries around Honiton have earned rave reviews for the way they’ve prepared some of the freshest and finest local produce available in Devon. Our favourite places to eat in Honiton include; Toast, The Holt and Zest Cafe amongst others.There are plenty of opportunities for an exciting day out in and around Honiton. Head to The Donkey Sanctuary and admire the fantastic work they are doing with both donkeys and mules. For a thrill while in Honiton head to Land Rover Experience West Country where you can take the cars off road and push yourself and the car to their limits.
Honiton’s views were once described by Daniel Defoe as “The most beautiful landscape in the world”.
Every July the town pay tributes to its history with the Hot Pennies Ceremony. Historically affluent folk would toss hot pennies into the street to delight in watching desperate peasants burning their fingers; today’s celebrations have taken on a lighter tone with lively festivities and children’s entertainment.
The town is one of the most easily accessible towns in the whole of Devon with good access by road via the A30 and A303 along with good rail links to London and the South East. It’s also a short drive away from the M5 giving excellent road links to the rest of Devon.