The Village of Beer: East Devon

In Tudor times, the manor house at Bovey (still standing today) and surrounding land formed part of the dowry of Henry VIII’s 6th wife, Catherine Parr and in the late 18th century Beer’s relative isolation in a secluded valley made it a perfect place for smuggling. The infamous smuggler, Jack Rattenbury, known as The Rob Roy of the West plied his trade from the village often hiding contraband in the quarry caves and the nearby Bovey House provided a ‘convenient’ ghost to keep prying eyes away! In later years the limestone was commercially quarried as it was highly prized because of its workability for carving and it can be seen in cathedrals such as Exeter, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Picturesque Scenery On Tap
Beer Beach
  • Beer Beach

    Beer beach is a natural suntrap and the waters in the bay are very sheltered with the imposing limestone cliffs giving protection from the wind. Because it is a ‘working beach’ the picturesque paraphernalia of the fishing industry with its brightly coloured wooden boats, nets, winches and neon-coloured floats add to its charm with the […]... Read More

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A Visit To Remember
Beer Regatta
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Something For Everyone
Beer Pecorama
  • Norman Lockyer Observatory

    Stargazers will love a visit to the Norman Lockyer Observatory. Founded in 1912 by Sir Norman Lockyer, the observatory was a centre for... Read More

  • Escot Park

    For all lovers of nature and the great outdoors, Escot is a unique experience and offers a great family day out. Set in... Read More

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All Within Reach
Beer Youth Hostel
  • Dolphin Antiques and Collectables

    An Aladdin’s cave of affordable antique, vintage and collectable items can be found at the Dolphin Antiques and Collectables Centre, situated behind the... Read More

  • Bank House

    Situated in the centre of Beer village, just 150 yards from the beach. The three en-suite rooms have a TV, local information guide... Read More