Axminster is a quiet market town situated on the River Axe. It is close to both coastal towns and rural areas. The town is well known for Axminster Carpets, invented by Thomas Whitty. Axminster continues to show the history of the carpets to the public. The town boasts various individual businesses and is continuing to grow. A mainline station includes services to London Waterloo and Exeter. An open street market is held every Thursday.