Visit Exeter – Devon, Cornwall and the South West
Visit Exeter for its exciting mix of culture, history and heritage. There is always something going on and plenty of things to see and do. Our 2000-year history blends smoothly with the contemporary and modern sides of the city.
Within a few steps of our apartment are the Clifton Hill Sports centre (currently closed), golf driving range, dry ski slope and Belmont Park – including a children’s play area, and close by there is access to a wide range of activities including canoeing, climbing, cycling, bird watching.
Theatres and cinemas, shopping, eating and drinking are all a short walk away in the city centre, or the historic Quay area.
For a comprehensive search of what’s on in Exeter, and the surrounding area, during your stay.
Relaxed yet lively, historic and modern, a quiet night in or buzzing nightlife, football and rugby. Exeter is a city of contrasts with plenty to keep you occupied. Within an hour you can also reach outstanding beaches and National Parks, what’s not to like about Exeter?
History and Heritage
Exeter is home to the 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. For music, comedy and theatre then look no further than the Exeter Barnfield or Northcott Theatres, or the Corn Exchange.
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. A short walk away why not try long established Harry’s, or some twists on traditional pub grub at The Fat Pig, which boasts its own brewery and distillery. Exeter’s hotels also offer fantastic dining experiences including the Hotel du Vin and Southernhay House Hotel.
The Exeter Food & Drink Trail celebrates our fantastic local producers, bringing them together on a map showcasing Exeter’s food and drink offering. Find out more at Visit Exeter.
For weird and wonderful goodies head to the cobbled Saxon-sized Gandy Street. Gandy Street was made famous by JK Rowling as Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books. Explore Fore Street for retro clothing and records. Exeter is home to some delightful independent shops on Castle Street or Magdalen Road. Princess Hay is a modern shopping centre in the centre of Exeter, with international shops and brands available.
Visit Devon and Cornwall
For an introduction to the wider area take a look at these Youtube videos kindly provided by Visit South Devon:
We are ideally located to explore other beautiful areas in Devon and Cornwall such as the Jurassic Coast, River Exe Estuary, Dartmoor and Exmoor.
The south coast of Devon and Cornwall is easily accessible. To the east is the Jurassic coast from Exmouth. To the west is Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, Totnes, Salcombe and Plymouth. Why not try letterboxing on Dartmoor?
The north coast is also accessible by rail via the Tarka Line, to the surfing at Croyde Bay, Woolacombe, and to Exmoor.
These romantic love stories, filmed in Devon and Cornwall, have enjoyed huge popularity since the first production in 1993, with average viewing figures of 6 million. To date over 70 of these television films have been made. They are shot in our local countryside with well-known German casts. The format is one of the most popular and long-lasting in German television history. Here are some links to other interesting locations:
Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book, adapted for stage and film has many references to Devon. The Narracott farm, where Albert (Jeremy Irvine) brings up Joey the horse, is Ditsworthy Warren House, an abandoned cottage a couple of miles southeast of Sheepstor, on the southwest edge of Dartmoor in south Devon. The nearby local village is Meavy. Just to the north lies Burrator Reservoir, the body of water above which Albie races Joey against the new-fangled motor car of the landlord’s son.
The rolling hills and rocky outcrops are Dartmoor National Park, mainly the area around Combestone Tor, Haytor and Ringmoor Down. The wild and mysterious moors have a long history in fiction, most famously as the setting for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mystery, Hound of the Baskervilles.
The National Trust has great properties locally at Killerton, at Coleton Fishacre, Agatha Christie’s Greenway and many others. A guide to National Trust properties and events in the South West – click HERE.
Exeter, and the surrounding area, is a haven for bird watching, particularly during the winter months. Staying in the centre of Exeter is a great way to combine a city and country break.
In 2020 the UK, USA and Holland and will commemorate and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth on 16 September 1620.
These transatlantic commemorations will highlight the special relationship between our nations and particularly the enduring values of Freedom and Personal Liberty embedded within it.
To stay updated about events visit the Mayflower 400 website.
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