Having grown rich as a trading port during the Middle Ages, the city’s riches saw its inhabitants complete a Gothic cathedral in the early 15th century. Although Exeter suffered drastic damage during WWII, this cathedral has remained relatively intact and still displays proudly medieval architecture.
Its soaring twin Norman towers and vaulted ceiling have made it the longest cathedral in the World. Mostly known as a university city, Exeter offers history, architecture, culture and recreation as well as an abundance of shopping opportunities.
Guided walking tours around the city centre are very popular with tourists and are led by the Red Coat guides. A tour around Exeter’s network of underground passages, dating back from medieval times will instantly take you back in time.
Numerous parks and green spaces such as the Belmont Park, the Northernhay Gardens and the Rougemont Gardens are also worth visiting. For families travelling with young children, there is the Crealy Great Adventure Park which comes with exhilarating roller coasters and fast rides.
Exeter has kept much of its medieval characteristics within the remains of the stone city walls. The renovated Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery is one of the most prominent cultural attractions in the city. More artifacts and relics are showcased within the university’s archaeology collection.
Closer to Exeter, there are countless attractions. Excursions and day outs are available all around Devonshire – Dawlish Warren, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Teignmouth all present striking pictures of the Devon countryside and sea.
Exeter airport is only 5 miles east of the city centre. Buses run regularly between the coach station and the airport. Direct trains run to and from Exeter St David’s Station.
Exeter manages to stay young at heart thanks to its considerably large student crowd which has seen the emergence of many bars, cafes and clubs especially around the dock area.