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Pocket Guide: Exeter 21 The Mint Hotels

The Mint is a carefully restored and unique refectory building in Exeter which dates back to Tudor times. The monks of associated St. Nicholas priory used to take their meals here and it gives us a valuable insight into those historic times, a slice of living history in the city. When you're staying at a hotel, B&B or guesthouse in Exeter you'll easily be able to get to The Mint and many other fascinating attractions here, such as Exeter Cathedral and Mol's Coffee House from the slightly later Elizabethan period.

Visit the Mint From Devon Hotels in Exeter

No 21 The Mint holds many historic surprises and intriguing features in addition to its Tudor links. There's actually rather a lot of Norman stonework, for example, so the site must have been used from just after the Conquest but probably goes farther back still in time. The later Tudor panel screens are particularly interesting, and the building's rare arch-braced roof goes right back to the 15th Century. If your plan is to explore some of Exeter's deep historical associations from your Devon hotel or guesthouse then No 21 The Mint would be an ideal starting point.

A Stroll in the Mint Garden from Devon Hotels

Visiting Exeter from your Devon hotel base provides you with a rare opportunity to delve into the city's Norman and Tudor past. After examining the unique architectural heritage of The Mint, why not take a stroll in the lovely cloister garden? This is an oasis of calm in what has become a bustling modern city, and gives you the chance to simply sit back and watch the world go by for an hour. The Mint itself was little more than a stone ruin covered with brambles when it was discovered by Carol Griffiths on a walking tour of the city. She was determined to restore it to life after hearing that it was on the Buildings at Risk Register of the National Trust, and on the market. This initiated as full programme of archaeological site inspection and recording, and The Mint was opened to the public in 2002. Stay at a hotel in Devon and visit a truly remarkable restoration.