This unspoilt small town, with its many shops and cafe’s has been popular with visitors for many years, among the more famous were Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. The famous Black Swans still can be seen on the the Brook river which runs through the centre of the town along with other species of ducks and geese. The beach is 5/10 minutes walk from Dunluce House and there are good walks along the sea wall to Dawish Warren and Corlyn Cove in the opposite direction.
A main line railway station serves the the town with direct links to Exeter, London and the North and Penzance to the south.
Built over 600 years ago, Powderham Castle is the historic home of the Earl of Devon. The Castle is still lived in by the Courtenay family and is one of England’s best known Stately Homes. The Castle lies in a beautiful setting in an ancient deer park alongside the River Exe and is at the centre of a large traditional estate of about 4,000 acres. The Castle is open to the public between Easter and October and holds many events including music shows with big names such as Elton John, Westlife and Busted.
Full of character and ancient history, Exeter is still able to offer all the amenities and comforts that would be expected of a modern day city. Exeter is the capital city of Devon and provides the county with a central base for education, medicine, religion, commerce and culture as well as excellent shopping. The city is also home to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, which dates back to Norman times.
Dawlish is an ideal base for touring the area, and for the active there are many things to engage you including coastal walks, cycling and many golf courses. Two first class horse racing tracks, Exeter & Newton Abbott are nearby and for the nature lovers there are many nature reserves around the area with one at Dawlish Warren 10 mins away, also bird watching on the Exe estuary. There are numerous National Trust & historical places to visit in the surrounding areas. South Devon has a extensive bus & train network and the main line train which runs through Dawlish gives easy access to Teignmouth Torquay, Paignton,Plymouth and on to Penanze. Exeter, London, the Midlands and the North are in the other direction.
Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve
The Nature Reserve hosts a range of wildlife, in particular birds and rare flora and is open to the general public.
South Devon Steam Railway
Two traditional steam trains operate in the area, the Paignton to Dartmouth steam railway runs along the south Devon Coast, while the South Devon railway winds through the landscape of the river Dart between Buckfast and Totnes.