One of the many hidden gems of the Jurassic Coast is the picturesque village of Beer. A destination well worth a visit which is known for its beach as well as quaint village shops and attractions. At around 35 minutes drive from Forest Glade, the East Devon village of Beer makes a lovely day out and perfect picnic spot.
The shingle beach at Beer is a delightful location to while away the hours and immerse yourself in the coastal atmosphere. If all you want to do is sit back, relax and take in the sunshine – Beer beach is an ideal setting. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity with a charming view of colourful boats and local fisherman going about their work. For an elevated view, enjoy the experience from the seaside resort’s Jubilee Gardens, just up from the beach.
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South West Coast Path
Explore the walking trails along the South West Coast Path and enjoy the scenic views as you go. A great way for the all the family to be together and keep active on your holidays. A choice of walks in opposite directions lead to Seaton and Branscombe. Exploring the South West Coast Path on foot is a perfect option the weather isn’t suited for sunbathing at the beach.
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Marine House at Beer
Get your arts and crafts fix at Marine House at Beer and Steam Gallery. The pair of galleries are a leading centre for art in Devon, showcasing paintings, ceramics and glass from a selection of talented artists. With a superb range of works for sale, this is your chance to purchase a unique piece of art or sculpture on your day out in Beer.
St Michaels Church
St Michaels Church is a grade II listed building and a striking community centrepiece. We recommend a look around the church to appreciate the beautiful stained glass windows and interior architecture and as a way of exploring Beer’s rich heritage.
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Beer Quarry Caves
Beer Quarry Caves is a visitor attraction offering guided tours around its historic underground caverns. The 2,000 year old man-made caves make for a fascinating look at the methods use in ancient quarrying. Get a close up account of what the conditions would have been like for the workforce involved at the time. The famous Beer limestone has gone on to be used as building materials for some impressive structures. These include Exeter Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and The Tower of London.
Please note, the caves are closed to visitors over the winter period. See more information and opening times on the Beer Quarry Caves website.
If you’re heading for a day out in Beer and visiting the area, Pecorama is a must-visit attraction. With its beautiful gardens and Beer Heights Light Railway, the 9-acre site has much to offer all the family. Model railway enthusiasts will be in their element browsing the various exhibitions and workshops. See our guide to visiting Pecorama or visit the official website for more information on the unique Devon attraction.
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