The Regency resort of Dawlish was popular with authors including Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, and was named as the birthplace of Dickens’ character Nicholas Nickelby. The town is brimming with fine Georgian and Victorian architecture and you could visit the Dawlish Museum for an excellent insight into the town’s past. The area is also famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, rock-pools and a peaceful nature reserve which is haven for many types of wildlife.
Options for accommodation include B&Bs, hotels, self-catering cottages and apartments, as well as holiday parks and pubs with rooms. Find the perfect Dawlish accommodation for your stay and book direct.
Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve
Nature lovers and birdwatchers head for the beautiful Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve, and superb coastal walking along the Dawlish Spit at the mouth of the River Exe. This sand spit is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and of geomophologic interest, home to many species of wildlife. There are a variety of habitats at the Warren, including dunes, grassland, ponds, salt marsh and mudflats. A paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers the Warren links into the South West Coast Path and the Exe Estuary also home to a variety of wildfowl and wading birds. You might even spot a dolphin during your visit! Dawlish is famous for its black swans, first introduced from Western Australia, which live on Dawlish Water with other exotic waterfowl.
Dawlish Warren is very popular with families due the large, sandy beach and activities include go karting, mini golf and rides for the kids. There is also an 18 hole golf course which offers fine views over the Reserve and estuary.
The Dawlish coastline features some of South Devon’s most spectacular beaches including award-winning Blue Flag Dawlish Warren beach with its beautiful sand dunes and nature reserve status. Other top beaches in the Dawlish area include Dawlish town beach just a short stroll from the town centre and Coryton Cove, a secluded beach gem flanked by colourful beach huts and popular for rock pooling.
One of the UK’s most scenic train lines, the Riviera Line runs along the Dawlish coast under the distinctive redstone cliffs and a journey along the route is a wonderful way of exploring the surrounding area.
Dawlish Air Show
Over 80,000 people flock to Dawlish each year to attend the Dawlish Air Show which takes place on a Saturday towards the end of August. The event has a full programme of both ground and air events, live music, entertainment for the kids and traders selling local produce. The Red Arrows show is a firm favourite each year and other displays include The Army’s ‘Blue Eagles’, civilian team ‘The Blades’ and military jets such as Harriers, Tornados and Typhoons.