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Exeter, Devon, Visitor & Tourism Guide

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County: Devon
Nearby National Parks: Dartmoor, Exmoor
Nearby AONBs: East Devon, South Devon, North Devon, Blackdown Hills. Try also Dorset and the Tamar Valley
Select Cities: Plymouth, Bristol, Bath
Select Towns/Villages: The English Riviera towns, Topsham, Chagford, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Dartmouth
UNESCO World Heritage Site: Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

South West weekend breaks or holidays
If you're looking for a weekend city break in South West England, then Exeter's up there with the best. The city and local area are packed with top attractions and, at just over two hours from London by train for example, both are easily accessible.

Exeter Cathedral
Worth visiting for its cathedral alone, Exeter's historic quaysides, merchants' houses and post-war buildings reflect a fascinating and violent history.

Exeter Cathedral has the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in the world and its interior is simply magnificent.* Outside, in the cathedral close, look out for the famous statue of Richard Hooker. We'd recommend a drink or bite to eat either in the cathedral cafe or in one of the restaurants and cafes that line, or are just off, the cathedral close.

Shopping and quayside
Around St Catherine's Almshouses, you'll find a vibrant city centre with a recently developed and very attractive shopping centre called Princesshay that uses Exeter's historic buildings as a great backdrop.

It's worth walking down to Exeter Historic Quayside. There's a Exeter Custom House and tourist information centre, places to eat and drink and some interesting shops. Heading back into central Exeter, find The House That Moved as there's an extraordinary story attached to it!

Other attractions within the city include its Underground Passages and Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Guildhall and its Roman and medieval walls. If you're into sport, grab some tickets to see Exeter's teams play at rugby and football.

The local area
The River Exe flows through Exeter on its way to the coast at Exmouth. We'd recommend walking or cycling the Exe Valley Way south east past the Exeter Ship Canal to The Turf and Turf Lock. If you have time, take the Topsham Turf Ferry to Topsham or visit Powderham Castle and Estate. For shopping, try Darts Farm.

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site starts south east of Exeter at Exmouth Orcombe Point Geoneedle. The coastal walking here is sublime. It's a decent yomp from Orcombe Point Geoneedle to Budleigh Salterton. This stretch of the South West Coast Path has exceptional views.

For forest walking or cycling, head for Haldon Forest Park and Haldon Belverdere (Lawrence Castle). There's a Go Ape! (Haldon Forest, Devon) in the forest as well.

Exeter's not that far from Dawlish Warren Beach. We list other beaches in our 'Top 10 Recommendations' lists below.

A little further away
Exeter's a good gateway to the rest of Devon.

Dartmoor National Park is close, Exmoor National Park a little further to the north west.

The A38 and A380 take you down into the South Devon and the South Hams. We'd recommend exploring The English Riviera as well.

Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton are super destinations in East Devon. It doesn't take too long to drive into north Cornwall, too.

Other suggestions for weekend city breaks or holidays
If you're looking to base yourself in a South West England city, then we'd also recommend Plymouth and Truro, Salisbury and Bristol City.

Bath is one of the UKs most popular city destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We really like the compact city of Wells.

* Incidentally, if church architecture is of interest, travel north to see Tiverton St Peter's Church. Its carving is sublime. The church also tells a story about Devon's, and Exeter's, trading history.

Top 10 Recommendations

Top 10 Places To Stay
Selected from the best Places To Stay in Exeter we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Places To Visit
Selected from the best Places To Visit in Exeter we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Things To Do
Selected from the best Things To Do in Exeter we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Beaches
Selected from the best Beaches in Exeter we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Rainy Days Out
Selected from the best Rainy Days Out in Exeter we've listed our top 10.

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St Olaves Hotel, Exeter
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 14; Rates: 99 - 125 Per Night

St Olaves Hotel is a small, intimate hotel in the very centre of historic Exeter and a few minutesa walk from the high street, Princesshay shopping centre and Exeter University...

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Abode Exeter The Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 53; Rates: 79 - 205 Per Night

Welcome to ABode Exeter at The Royal Clarence Hotel Situated in the heart of Exeter in the stunning Cathedral Yard, is Exeter's oldest and most historic hotel...

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Mercure Southgate Exeter, Exeter
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 154; Rates: 66 - 162 Per Night

Built in 1989 in a Georgian style, the Mercure Southgate is in the heart of Exeter, next to the city walls and close to the cathedral All en suite rooms are equipped with modern facilities including satellite TV and mini...

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