Welcome to Axminster

Gateway to the Jurassic Coast

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Welcome to Axminster

Axminster: an unspoilt Devon market town surrounded by stunning countryside and filled with charm and character. The beautiful iconic Saxon church of St Mary stands on Minster Green right in the centre of town.

Situated on the River Axe, the attractive ancient market town of Axminster lies in the beautiful Axe Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting quaint villages and unspoilt countryside. Situated a few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast, tucked in the south east corner of Devon, Axminster is an ideal touring centre for the neighbouring counties of Somerset and Dorset.

Most famous for its carpets, the original Axminster factory was opened in 1755 by Thomas Whitty and authentic British "Axminsters" are still made in the town by Axminster Carpets.

Since 1946, the town has also been famous for its Jaffe et fils makers of military plumes

The Nation's Tool Shop: Axminster Tools & Machinery are based here Axminster and are one of the UK's leading suppliers of best quality tools and machinery

Celebrity chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall purchased an old inn that once provided the ballroom of the town, and converted it into  his very first River Cottage Canteen and Deli (an organic produce shop/market and canteen) He also has his River Cottage H.Q. nearby in the Axe valley.

Some of the stunning photography throughout the site is courtesy of Axminster Photography Group If you have photos of Axminster that you too would like included in our website, or on our facebook page, please email them into us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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