The beating heart of Devon
xeter is an exciting mix of culture, history and heritage; there is always loads going on and plenty of things to see and do. Its 2000-year history blends smoothly with the contemporary and modern sides of the city.
Best of all Exeter is brilliantly located to explore other beautiful areas in Devon such as the Jurassic Coast, River Exe Estuary, Dartmoor and Exmoor.
History and Heritage
Exeter is home to ‘Museum of the Year 2012’. The recently re-opened Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is a fantastic (and free!) day out with something for everyone. Exeter Cathedral is a stunning piece of architecture, or try the unique 14th century Underground Passageways . A short stroll from the city centre is the historic quay and to really get to grips with Exeter explore the Roman city walls . Exeter has a rich and varied history. You can experience Tudor life at St Nicholas Priory or discover the city’s medieval heritage at Tuckers Hall and ‘the house that moved’.
Arts and Culture
The creative heart of the city beats the loudest at the Exeter Phoenix which celebrates visual arts as well as hosting gigs and performances. Spacex is small but perfectly formed, with contemporary art exhibited in a fantastic space. For comedy and theatre then look no further than the Exeter Northcott Theatre or the brilliantly unique Bike Shed Theatre .
Must See Attractions
A short stroll down to Exeter’s Historic Quayside will bring you to the brilliant Quay Climbing Centre , and Clip’n’Climb , all indoors and fun for everyone. Fan of rugby? Then catch a game at Sandy Park and cheer on the mighty Exeter Chiefs . Just outside of Exeter is the stunning Haldon Forest which is a great outdoor playground for which ever activity you enjoy. Or you could always take a Red Coat guided tour which will show you all the sights and attractions.
Food and Drink
Exeter has a great choice of places to eat covering all sorts of local (and slightly more exotic!) cuisine. Recommendations include French brasserie Cote on the Cathedral Green, or some twists on traditional pub grub at The Rusty Bike or Fat Pig . Exeter’s hotels also offer fantastic dining experiences including the Magdalen Chapter , ABode Exeter and Southernhay House Hotel .
In the Quayside area of the city, you’ll find workshops selling furniture and glassware. For weird and wonderful goodies head to the cobbled Saxon-sized Gandy Street or climb Fore Street for retro clothing and records. Exeter is home to some delightful boutiques on Castle Street or Magdalen Road . Exeter now has its very own John Lewis taking prominence on the high street.
Music and Nightlife
With Exeter’s narrow alleys crammed full of atmospheric pubs, there’s plenty of choice - The Old Firehouse has a great atmosphere, tasty food and loads of brilliant live music. Mama Stones is a Mexican restaurant turned into a nightclub, tagging itself as the ‘place where music lives’ and The Great Hall up on the University of Exeter campus attracts some really big names. Also famous for great live music in Exeter is the Cavern .
With celebrity chefs and tantalising tasters, the Exeter Festival of Food & Drink brings the freshest flavours each spring. Marvel at the Red Ruby Devon cattle at the Devon County Show which celebrates all things agricultural at Westpoint in May. Unique to Exeter is the UK Taiko festival which happens in the summer and brand new to Exeter is the Christmas Market which takes place on the beautiful cathedral green.
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Things to do
From events and attractions to fine dining and nights out; discover things to do in Exeter.