As Devon’s capital city, Exeter is a vibrant, modern city with a historical past pre-dating the Romans. This is reflected in its fascinating visitor attractions including underground passages, museums, the magnificent Exeter Catherdal and the Roman wall at the city’s historic quayside.
If you’re in need of a spot of retail therapy Exeter’s Princesshay is certain to cater for your needs. It offers a contemporary mixture of shopping, leisure and restaurants all within walking distance of the Cathedral. It has an eclectic mix of global High Street brands, mixed in with local one of a kind boutiques – a shopper’s paradise.
Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the Historic Quayside, just a ten-minute walk from the Cathedral, and take a stroll along the canal past quaint antique shops, art exhibitions, local bars and lively waterside restaurants.
Exeter is passionate about its sport and is perfectly located for making the most of the great outdoors. As well as Sandy Park for rugby, there is St James’ Park for football and Exeter Racecourse for competitive racing. The city is also home to the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall at the Quay Climbing Centre and Europe’s first Clip n’ Climb centre.
If you’re after a break from city life head to Haldon Forest, on the outskirts of Exeter. Here you will find woodland trails and wonderful views across the Devonshire countryside.
Just 10 miles from Exeter and you will reach the South Devon coast. The South Devon coastline is truly beautiful and varied – take a walk on the South West Coast Path, or spend a day on one of the many South Devon beaches. Many of our beaches have awards for water and beach quality, and a great swathe of the coastline is under the protection of an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) or the National Trust.
Stretching to the east is the Jurassic Coast, more than thirty miles of stunning UNESCO World Heritage Coastline, part of the 95 miles charting 185 million years of the Earth's history. Visit the oldest seaside town in Devon, Exmouth, boasting two miles of sandy beach, and is the gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast
Most of the area is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – East Devon AONB and the Blackdown Hills AONB. Both are rural paradises, rich in history with stunning countryside landscapes and farmland.