Exeter, the cultural heart of the West Country, hosts a year-round programme of vibrant events and festivals. It’s an intimate city with fresh air, birdsong and hilltops on the horizon. Original Roman walls circle the centre and virtually every period of architecture over the last 2000 years remains in splendid evidence, especially the centrally located medieval Exeter Cathedral, one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture in the country.
Free guided walking tours of the city run daily throughout the year, or you can explore beneath the city’s streets on a guided tour through Exeter’s Underground Passages, a remarkable network of medieval subterranean passages.
The national award winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is housed in a beautiful Victorian building and takes visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day through 16 galleries of displays.
Being located in Devon with coast and countryside just a stone’s throw away means Exeter has a relaxed vibe, with plenty of opportunities for adventure. The Historic Quayside is great place to go boating, cycling, walking, bird watching and shopping in antique and craft cellars.
Exeter has a real sense of individuality. It is renowned in the south west for its independent arts scene, with a good mix of indie venues such as the Cavern Club and the Exeter Phoenix. It is also firmly on the map as a destination for top sporting events and music, with larger venues such as nearby Powderham Castle playing host to a packed calendar of events and festivals throughout the year.
The diverse mix of eateries here has led to Exeter becoming one of the foodie capitals of the South West. Head to the Cathedral Quarter for a traditional cream tea, or enjoy real ales and fine wines in historic pubs. A weekly farmer’s market sells field-fresh produce and Exeter’s Street Food Market was recently voted one of the best in the UK.
As the sun goes down, soak up the atmosphere in one of Queen St Dining’s rooftop bars with fantastic views across the city, then dance the night away to a live band in one of Exeter’s lively pubs.
The city’s compact size makes it the perfect shopping destination, as a great choice of shops can be found within easy walking distance from each other. Head to the Castle and West Quarters for quirky independents and vintage clothing stores tucked away in interesting arcades, and the cobbled Gandy Street for a great mix of independent boutiques and jewellers.
Excellent road, rail, bus and air links mean Exeter is within easy reach of the rest of the UK and it is an ideal hub for exploring the rest of Devon.
What's on Offer
Places to Visit
Red Coat Guided Tours
Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Museum of the Year 2012)
Custom House Visitor Centre
Bill Douglas Centre
21 The Mint
Exeter's cultural attractions include:
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Cygnet New Theatre
Exeter Corn Exchange
There are three shopping centres within Exeter - Princesshay, Guidhall and Harlequins, with high street names, such as John Lewis and a great choice of independent retailers.
Head to Queen St Dining or Princesshay for cuisines from around the world, Cathedral Yard for restaurants with a view, or find excellent independents tucked away in the city's side streets. Topsham is the place to go for freshly landed seafood.
Exeter's renowned Street Food Night Markets run throughout the summer months on the Quayside.
Recreation & Sport
Exeter's sporting attractions include:
Saddles & Paddles (bike & canoe hire)
Quay Climbing Centre (home to the south west's largest indoor climbing wall)
Route 2 Bar & Cycle Hire, Topsham
Darts Farm Cycle Hire
Exe Estuary Cycle Trail
Exeter Chiefs Rugby
Exeter City Football Club
Holiday & Activity Centres
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre offers an extensive range of outdoor and adventurous activities.
Conference & Business Facilities
The University of Exeter provides extensive conference facilities, which has recently undergone extensive redevelopment. Sandy Park, located on the outskirts of Exeter, has flexible conference accommodation and provides with easy access to the M5 and A30.
A number of hotels and attractions within the city also provide conference and meeting facilities.
There is a wide range of accommodation within Exeter, including top quality B&Bs, hotels, travel accommodation and hostels.
The M5 finishes/starts on the ouskirts of Exeter, with easily signposted routes into the city, or to the nearest Park & Ride.
The A330/A303 provides an excellent scenuc route into Exeter from Somerset, Dorset.
Travelling to Exeter by rail couldn't be easier.
GWR - links to the Home Counties and London Paddington
Cross Country - links to Bristol, the Midlands and the North
South West Trains - links to the home counties and London Waterloo
The main train station is Exeter St. David's, Exeter Central is located just off the main High Street in the city centre.
Nearest port is Plymouth with links to northern Spain and France.
Exeter Airport is located 6 miles outside of Exeter and offers excellent air links within the UK and Europe.