O ur peaceful riverside location lies mere moments from all that Exeter has to offer. Uncover a city steeped in a rich heritage that can be charted both above and below ground; from gorgeous Gothic architecture with panoramic views to meandering medieval tunnels. This eclectic patch of the South West is brimming with culture, vibrant attractions, and premier sports. But where to start? Here are some of the best things to see and do during your visit.
Head to this picturesque corner of the city for a blissful change of pace. The Quayside’s tranquil waters are adorned by a diverse mix of antique shops and places to eat. There’s a wealth of fascinating history awaiting discovery, something that’s apparent in the architecture which blends beautifully with contemporary enhancements.
Walkers and cyclists frequent the riverside paths. You can even take to the water on a relaxing boat trip. Keep an eye out for exciting events held here throughout the year.
Our charming city pre-dates the arrival of the Romans and is teeming with historical landmarks. You’ll find 900 years of history at the most impressive of all, Exeter Cathedral. Undoubtedly one of the country’s finest examples of Gothic architecture, the cathedral is simply a must-visit. Those with a head for heights can brave a roof and tower tour where panoramic views of the area can be savoured.
There’s plenty to explore beneath your feet too. Venture underground and trace Exeter’s Underground Passages. Guided tours operate daily through the curious vaulted passageways that date back to medieval times. Finally, you can get an authentic feel for the city’s past with a Red Coat Guides free tour.
Exeter is home to a number of independent theatres. The Exeter Phoenix, found right at the heart of the city, is the principal cultural venue with hundreds of events held throughout the year. It’s a go-to for everything from live music to theatre, comedy, and film, as well as a roster of immersive workshops.
For cinema with a difference, head to Exeter Picturehouse. Housed on the site of a 1930s bus garage, this historic building is today a celebrated hub for arthouse films, blockbusters, and cult classics. Heritage can be explored at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, which boasts a collection of more than one million individual objects and specimens from across the globe.
This highly acclaimed 18-hole golf course is a true haven. Navigate serene water features and challenging fairways across 120 acres of parkland that wrap around the club’s Georgian manor house, Wear Park. The signature hole here is regarded by many as the most spectacular 18th fairway in the region.
Exeter Golf & Country Club offers a quality leisure experience for members and visitors alike. You’ll find everything from tennis, squash, and gym facilities to enjoy, not to mention both indoor and outdoor pools and a revitalising spa and restaurant. It’s all just 10 minutes from the city centre.
Among the South West’s most-loved family attractions, Crealy lies just minutes from the city centre and is set in 100 acres of Devon countryside. The theme park and resort has more than 60 indoor and outdoor rides that are sure to keep thrillseekers of all ages occupied throughout the day.
There are some 200 animals for you to meet, including the lovably cheeky residents at Meerkat Manor. Kids can get hands-on with a VIP pass which offers the chance to be a keeper for the day. Crealy also hosts a vibrant calendar of events throughout the year.
There are plenty of premier sports to watch during your time here. Exeter Chiefs, Premiership Rugby side and 2020 Champions Cup winners, play their games at Sandy Park. Football is represented by Exeter City FC at St James Park. Both stadiums are just minutes from the city centre. You can immerse yourself in the thrill of the races at Exeter Racecourse, which occupies an envious setting overlooking the rolling Devon countryside.
This charming 600-year-old castle is one of England’s oldest family homes. Set in magical gardens with glorious views over the estuary and home to a herd of fallow deer, it makes a wonderful day out for all the family.
You’ll also find fantastic themed weeks during the school holidays, with popular events such as open-air concerts and outdoor cinema screenings. Keep an eye on the website to see what’s on.