Honiton is the gateway to East Devon. It has also gained for itself the well-earned reputation of being the antiques capital of the entire South West. Honiton has successfully combined its market town heritage with the all facilities and infrastructure of a bustling tourist town. It has a long established tradition of lace making, floral pottery and glove making. The history of these crafts in the town make fascinating viewing, but today the traditions live on only in the museums and in the odd specialist shop. As a shopping centre and market town, Honiton offers up a variety of riches. Collectors and enthusiasts alike spend hours scouring the many antique, curiosity and book shops as well as the regular auction houses. In fact, in Honiton there are more antiques shops than in any other town in the country. One of the town's small side streets is the focus of animal mayhem every Tuesday when the cattle market comes to town. In addition, two street markets per week (Tuesday and Saturday) contribute to make Honiton a centre of pilgrimage for every type of shopper and anybody interested in viewing all walks of life.
Honiton has the added bonus of sitting amidst the rural countryside and farmlands of the Otter valley. Whilst it has access via the busy A303, it is also fed by beautiful winding country roads that lead to enchanting little villages like Gittisham and Dalwood. Honiton is twinned with Mezidon-Canon in France and with Gronau in Germany