Add Exeter to your Itinerary

Exeter Cathedral
  • Exeter Cathedral
  • Exeter Quayside
  • Exeter's Red Coat Guided Tours
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  • Princesshay, Exeter
  • Shopping in Princesshay, Exeter
  • Exeter's Underground Passages

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 the Red Coat Guided Tours, Exeter’s Underground Passages, museums such as RAMM, the magnificent Exeter Cathedral and the Roman wall at the city’s Historic Quayside.

Things to do in Exeter

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 Exeter Cathedral, and take a stroll along the canal past quaint antique shops, art exhibitions, local bars and lively waterside restaurants. You can even hire a kayak or paddle board to use on the canal if you’re feeling more adventurous!

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 to enjoy by foot or bike, wonderful views across the Devonshire countryside and Go Ape! where you can swing through the trees and enjoy the forest from a different perspective.

Where to stay in Exeter

Exeter like most cities offers lots of different accommodation for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a boutique and luxurious hotel or central self catering accommodation, there is something for everyone. Find your ideal accommodation in Exeter here.

What's nearby...

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.



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12th Oct 2018 - 21st Oct 2018

Two Moors FestivalThe most celebrated annual classical music festival covering the areas of Exmoor, Dartmoor and surrounding area, and now in its 18th year and still offering 'some extraordinary music in remarkable places'. Esteemed artists appearing include Stephen Kovacevich, Yevgeny Sudbin, and Dame Felicity...
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15th Oct 2018 - 27th Oct 2018

Exetreme Imagination Festival 2018​​​​​​​During October half term, Exeter’s exetreme imagination festival of writing and stories features award-winning authors, including Philip Reeve, whose book Mortal Engines will be released as a Universal Pictures blockbuster movie directed by Peter Jackson. There will be writers, illustrators,...
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8th Mar 2019 - 9th Mar 2019

Exeter Phoenix - Mad Dog McreaMad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their...
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  3. Broadclyst

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  4. Kenton

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  2. Christow

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  3. Trusham


    On the southern flanks of the Haldon Hills, Trusham is another near-perfect looking...

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  4. Starcross

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  6. Cockwood

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  9. Hennock

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