East Budleigh

A lovely village in East Devon with a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.

East Budleigh is best known for its connection to Sir Walter Raleigh, who was born in the nearby town of Hayes Barton in 1552 and whose parents are buried in the village in All Saint’s churchyard. This beautiful 14th century church contains elaborately carved pew ends, including one that bears the Raleigh coat of arms. There is a life size sculpture of Raleigh at the top of the village close to the church.

East Budleigh is a quiet and relaxing place to live and study English. Our centre here has been a specialist centre for executives and professionals since 1988.

Explore beautiful East Budleigh as you learn

There’s plenty to do in and around East Budleigh. There are lovely country lanes in East Devon to enjoy on foot or by bike. One cycle track reaches many picnic spots along a route that extends for about two miles from the edge of Budleigh on to Littleham and Phear Park. It’s possible to combine this track with the lane from Littleham or the roads through the leafy residential part of Exmouth and cycle all the way to Exmouth seafront.

If you enjoy golf, or are even new to the game, Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club offers marvellous surroundings to practise your swing.

The East Budleigh Circular Walk is a scenic journey along a length of the East Devon Way as it passes over the East Devon Commons, an area of heathland east of Exeter and inland of the coast. It is important as a wildlife habitat, as well as a beautiful area for walking. If you’d like to go on a self-guided walk around East Budleigh to get a taste of the history and architecture, pick up a free leaflet at the information room next to the village hall in the centre of the village.

History buffs might want to visit the Salem Chapel, which stands on the northern edge of East Budleigh and was originally a Presbyterian chapel dating from 1719. It is owned by the Historic Chapels Trust and was restored in 2006. All Saint’s Church is also a fascinating place to visit, as it was built in the 15th century and has many elaborate carved benches and beautiful details to its interior.

East Budleigh has two popular pubs, the Rolle Arms and the Sir Walter Raleigh, each offering a great selection of home-cooked meals and a choice of beer and wine. The village is very small, but it does have a few cultural events, and the city of Exeter is just 18 miles away.

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