Exmouth developed as a resort in Georgian times and was once probably the most select seaside resort in Britain, home to such famous people as Lady Nleson and Lady Byron. Nowadays, it offers a rich mixture of immaculate sands, lovely gardens, a busy marina and a wide range of sports facilities that combine to make it an excellent resort for all ages and interests. To the south, the resort overlooks Lyme Bay, while to the west, it looks across the estuary of the River Exe to the Haldon Hills and Dawlish Warren. There are boast trips aplenty, but also, lots to do on dry land with good shops, a museum, many old pubs and good walks at every turn. For the more active, there is a swimming pool, golf, and all forms of water sports including a sailing school.