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ExeterUnited Kingdom

Medieval architecture, galleries, cultural centers, picturesque parks and a lively waterfront make this one of the most attractive cities in southwest England.

The city of Exeter effortlessly combines history with culture and recreation. Visit centuries-old landmarks and enjoy local and international art. Relax in pristine gardens or at the lively riverside district. Exeter sits in the heart of Devon, a southwestern English county blessed with rolling countryside and sweeping coastlines.

Exeter’s city center sits on the east banks of the River Exe. Explore the area’s twisting, cobblestone streets on foot to appreciate the city’s 2,000 years of history. Stroll around remains of the old City Wall, which has withstood bombings, crusades and invasions.

Admire the 14th-century architecture of Exeter Cathedral and half-timbered houses lining the streets surrounding the cathedral’s lawns. Visit the 800-year-old Guildhall. Spot Elizabethan artifacts and experience a Tudor-era lifestyle at St. Nicholas Priory. Explore the Underground Passages, a system of medieval routes beneath the city streets.

Exeter’s museums and cultural centers celebrate everything from modern art to the city’s industrial heritage. Learn about the city’s long history at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. See exhibitions by local and international artists at Spacex. Find collections of movie memorabilia at the Bill Douglas Centre. Admire art expositions, attend concerts or take part in dance workshops at the multipurpose venue, Exeter Phoenix.

On a sunny day go to the Quayside, a riverside entertainment and commercial district. Find boutique stores and galleries inside refurbished warehouses. Visit historic buildings, including the Customs House and Wharfinger’s House. Enjoy the welcoming Devonshire hospitality at waterside bars, cafés and pubs.

Visit Exeter’s glorious collection of public parks. A short walk from the city center is the pristine Belmont Park and Northernhay Gardens, the latter home to the 11th-century Exeter Castle.

Reach Exeter by flying to Exeter International Airport from major European destinations or traveling via train from central London. Exeter is also a gateway to Devon’s many outdoor attractions. Hike in Dartmoor National Park, visit coastal towns along the English Riviera or discover the rugged natural beauty of the Jurassic Coast.

Top hotels in Exeter

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Exeter - City Centre
Holiday Inn Express Exeter - City Centre
3.5 out of 5
Tudor Street, Exeter, England
The price is £56 per night from 19 Oct to 20 Oct

Located in the heart of Exeter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Exeter's Historic Quayside and Exeter Cathedral. University of Exeter is 0.9 mi (1.4 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (188 reviews)

"Excellent hotel. Good value for money and good location."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

Holiday Inn Express Exeter - City Centre
Hotel Du Vin Exeter
Hotel Du Vin Exeter
4 out of 5
Magdalen Street, Exeter, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £85 per night from 15 Oct to 16 Oct

Located in the heart of Exeter, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Exeter's Historic Quayside and Exeter Cathedral. University of Exeter is 1 mi (1.6 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (600 reviews)

"I’ve been to hotel Du Vin many times and always had impeccable service The staff are always amazing nothing is ever too much trouble. The food is excellent and the rooms very fresh and clean"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2020

Hotel Du Vin Exeter
Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
4 out of 5
Southernhay East, Exeter, England
The price is £67 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

This family-friendly Exeter hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Exeter's Historic Quayside and Exeter Cathedral. University ...

4.2/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Hotel was clean , staff friendly and location was excellent."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2020

Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

Popular places to visit in Exeter

University of Exeter
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University of Exeter

4.5/5(73 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Exeter, a top university in Exeter. Visit the stunning cathedral and lively bars in this quaint area.

Powderham Castle
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Powderham Castle

4/5(34 reviews)

Explore nature trails, watch the birds of prey displays and go on a deer safari at this manor house that combines a medieval military exterior with opulent Victorian furnishings.

Exeter Cathedral
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Exeter Cathedral

4.5/5(177 reviews)

Visit this ancient and beautiful cathedral to attend a service or just admire the wonderful architecture.

Exeter Golf and Country Club
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Exeter Golf and Country Club

Enjoy a round of golf in Exeter at Exeter Golf and Country Club. Visit the stunning cathedral and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

National Trust Killerton
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National Trust Killerton

Learn about the local history of Exeter with a stop at National Trust Killerton. Visit the stunning cathedral and cosy cafes in this relaxing area.

Castle Drogo
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Castle Drogo

5/5(3 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Exeter when you take a trip to Castle Drogo. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this quaint area.

Top things to do in Exeter

OFF ROAD TOUR - Full day shared driving experience
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OFF ROAD TOUR - Full day shared driving experience

£130
Per adult
OFF ROAD TOUR - Half Day Single Driver driving experience
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OFF ROAD TOUR - Half Day Single Driver driving experience

£149
Per adult
OFF ROAD TOUR - Full day Single Driver experience
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OFF ROAD TOUR - Full day Single Driver experience

£299
Per adult
OFF ROAD TOUR - Half day shared driving experience
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OFF ROAD TOUR - Half day shared driving experience

£80
Per adult
UK OFF ROAD TOUR - 7 day shared driving experience
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UK OFF ROAD TOUR - 7 day shared driving experience

£1,599
Per adult
Hot Air Balloon Flight from Tiverton
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Hot Air Balloon Flight from Tiverton

£141
Per adult

Reviews of Exeter

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 37.960339943342774%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 54.107648725212464%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.36543909348442%
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2 - Disappointing 0.56657223796034%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Exeter is a nice place - there are lots of shops and nice places to eat. The university is nice and it is a great place for a short stop.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Would highly recommend

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Dec 2019

Lots going on, good shopping and eateries

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Dec 2019

Lovely city too. Really enjoyed being there for the weekend.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Dec 2019

It’s an interesting city with lots to see and do. Manageable to walk around and enjoy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Dec 2019

Love to come back.

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