Exeter, in South Devon
We visited here on 29th October 2021 as part of our holiday in South Devon.
Travelling by train from Paignton to Exeter Central was quite reasonable just £8.40 each return, its good to leave the car behind and sit back and enjoy the trip like we were able to, and not having to find and pay for parking.
Exeter is a small city with a big heart, it is one of the most attractive, vibrant and historically interesting cities in England, whatever the weather, day or night, explore this beautiful city’s many attractions that are all within close walking distance of each other.
The city is segmented into distinct quarters to help you explore hidden gems and surprises along the way.
Pre-dating the arrival of the Romans in AD 50, Exeter’s history is rich and long. With fascinating visitor attractions including its unique Underground Passages that now house small independent shops, a network of subterranean passages which can be explored on a guided tour, the only attraction of this type in the UK and a designated unique ancient monument.
The magnificent Cathedral a wonderful example of gothic architecture, the imposing Roman wall and beautiful Quayside. During sunny days, the Cathedral Green is a mecca for people wishing to spend their lunch break soaking up the sun and enjoying the views.
Exeter is also home to the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery where visitors can explore the city’s 2,000-year history under one roof! a most fascinating place if not a bit strange, housing stunning displays along with items loaned and exhibitions from national partners.
Head to the West Quarter or the cobbled Gandy Street to discover great mix of independent shops and boutiques, cafes and bars.
Explore beneath Exeter’s streets at Exeter’s Underground Passages, a network of subterranean passages which can be explored on a guided tour, the only attraction of their type in the UK and designated a unique ancient monument.
Exeter’s Historic Quayside is located about 15 minutes walk from the city centre. It is one of the most interesting and picturesque areas of the city, with a fascinating history, interesting architecture, lively events and waterside pubs, restaurants and cafes. Activities on offer include cycling, walking, relaxing boat trips, watersports and climbing.
Exeter’s position on the River Exe lead to great wealth in the 17th and 18th centuries, largely due to the woollen cloth trade. In 1680 the Custom House was constructed on the city’s Quayside, a beautiful building renowned for its sweeping staircase and ornate plaster ceilings. Today it is a visitor centre, bringing the history of the Quayside to life.
Exeter’s compact size makes it great for shopping, with big High Street names and a wealth of independents all within easy walking distance of each other, interspersed with lots of choice of places to eat and drink.
Exeter’s location in the heart of Devon means the city is well placed to explore nearby coast and countryside, with good transport links to both. Explore the green spaces surrounding the city by bicycle or on one of the numerous, well-signposted walking trails. Within the city itself are some beautiful parks and gardens, offering an oasis of calm within the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Just outside of Exeter is the quaint, historic port of Topsham, a town that is easily reached by public transport or by bike. The estuary town has many stunning views to take in like the one from the famous Goat Walk or along the estuary watching the boats and paddleboarders. It is also renowned for its independent shops and restaurants.