Exeter

Exeter

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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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Events

17th Sept 2018 - 17th Sept 2018

Exeter Corn Exchange - An Audience with Simon ReeveFrom being chased by pirates, hounded by the Mafia and bombed by Columbian barons, Simon Reeve has travelled through over 120 countries and his BBC documentaries have sold to over 60 countries around the world! ‘An Audience with Simon Reeve’ is not only a fascinating and educational show, but at...
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12th Oct 2018 - 12th Oct 2018

Exeter Corn Exchange - Livewire: AC/DCLive/Wire is The AC/DC Show. The hugely successful and unique six-man tribute to rock music's greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls' and over two hours of High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll in a show critically acclaimed for its closeness in look and sound to the real thing.
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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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14th Oct 2018 - 14th Oct 2018

Exeter - The Great West RunExeter's sporting highlight of the year, The Great West Run 2018 takes an exciting 13.1-miles route through the heart of Exeter on Sunday 14 October with the runners setting off and finishing from Exeter Arena.
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22nd Oct 2018 - 26th Oct 2018

Exetreme FestivalExetreme Imagination Festival 2018It's back! The exetreme imagination festival is a collaboration of Exeter’s arts and culture organisations, including the University, who come together to produce an exciting programme of events aimed at young people, age 2 to 25.
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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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What's Nearby

  1. Exeter Quayside

    Exeter's Historic Quayside is the most attractive area in the city, popular with locals &...

    0.05 miles away
  2. Exeter Cathedral

    Medieval cathedral. Fine example of Gothic Decorated style. Longest unbroken stretch of...

    0.29 miles away
  3. Devon’s Top Attractions

    Come rain or shine, whether you’re looking for a relaxing time or a full-on action packed...

    2.58 miles away
  4. Haldon Forest Park - Forestry Commission

    Whether you want to explore the forest on foot, bike, or swinging through the canopy,...

    4.92 miles away
  1. Crealy Great Adventure Park

    Crealy Great Adventure Park is the South West’s number one family value day out. The...

    5.06 miles away
  2. Exeter Racecourse

    Set in a stunning location overlooking beautiful Devon countryside, Exeter Racecourse...

    5.38 miles away
  3. Go Ape! Haldon

    Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure.

    5.9 miles away
  4. Powderham Castle

    A visit to Powderham Castle is an enchanting day out for all its visitors. Fascinating...

    6.1 miles away
  5. EXE Adventures

    EXE ADVENTURES is South Devon's mobile outdoor adventure centre, with a 15 seat minibus...

    7.36 miles away
  6. Exe Estuary

    The Exe Estuary is of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl,...

    8.25 miles away
  7. Exmouth Beach

    Two miles of golden sand and fascinating rock pools

    8.88 miles away
  8. Dawlish Warren and Cliffs

    Dawlish Warren is a fascinating place. This sand spit at the mouth of the Exe Estuary is...

    9.05 miles away
  9. The Paint Hub

    The Paint Hub is a pottery painting cafe where you can customise your own piece of...

    9.07 miles away
  10. Bickleigh Castle

    We’re pleased to offer guided castle tours of Bickleigh Castle. Learn about the history...

    9.15 miles away
  11. Dawlish Warren Beach

    Dawlish Warren Beach is one of South Devon's top family beaches. A long sandy beach,...

    9.18 miles away
  12. Dawlish Warren Tourism Group

    The family beach resort with shops, amusements, go-karts, adventure golf, pubs and...

    9.25 miles away
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