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Exeter Cathedral

Shut the door on your Exeter hotel and walk out into a maritime city where you can unpick the rich medieval history of the streets or carouse on the Quayside.

Historic Exeter

It’s tough to beat the experience of sitting in St Peter’s Cathedral’s pews as the sun streams across the ornate Gothic vaulting and a soprano voice breaks the silence. Sirs Walter Raleigh and Francis Drake would meet in the timbered Mol’s Coffee House in Cathedral Close, now a bookshop, and the medieval stronghold Rougemont Castle conducts tours and hosts charity gigs starring the likes of local lad Chris Martin from Coldplay.

Art and museums in Exeter

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum has its roots in the globetrotting Victorian era and holds a huge collection of antiquities, from Egyptian tapestry to Saxon household items. Get a taste of Tudor life at St Nicholas Priory which re-creates the 1602 home of the Hurst family.

Quirky things to do in Exeter

Leave your Exeter hotel and go subterranean on a tour of the city’s Underground Passages. Once above ground, visit the House That Moved, a Tudor dwelling that was transported brick by brick to a new location in 1961.

Events in Exeter

The Exeter Festival of Food and Drink showcases local produce and celebrity chefs in April. The Exeter Summer Festival welcomes international artists in comedy, classical music, dance, family entertainment and world music in June/July.

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Attractions in Exeter:


Killerton, Exeter. Courtesy of National Trust
Killerton

Opening times:
Various according to season - please check before travelling Feb - Dec 2013 (various dates)

The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway at full steam. © Dart Valley Railway plc
Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

Opening times:
Please check website for times and dates as these vary substantially Apr - Nov 2013 (annual)

Totnes Castle seen from below the town. Courtesy of English Heritage
Totnes Castle

Opening times:
Apr-Jun & Sep: daily 10am-5pm; Jul & Aug: daily 10am-6pm; Oct: 10am-4pm Jan - Apr 2013; Weekends only (various dates)

Ride the 1420 steam engine to Totnes, Devon. Photo credit to South Devon Railway
South Devon Railway

Opening times:
Two or eight departures between 10am and 5pm, depending on the day and time of year Mar - Nov 2010 (annual)

Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Opening times:
Opening hours vary throughout the year - please check the venue's website Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

What's on in Exeter:


Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels. © Ottery Tourism
Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014

Buckland Abbey

Dates Open:
01/09/2015 to 01/11/2015
14/02/2015 to 08/03/2015
18/12/2014 to 23/12/2014
01/09/2014 to 01/11/2014
01/07/2015 to 31/08/2015
06/11/2014 to 13/12/2014
14/03/2015 to 29/06/2015

The Comedy Club

Dates Open:
03/12/2014 to 03/12/2014
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014
04/03/2015 to 04/03/2015
07/01/2015 to 07/01/2015
02/09/2015 to 02/09/2015
01/04/2015 to 01/04/2015
06/05/2015 to 06/05/2015
07/10/2015 to 07/10/2015
05/08/2015 to 05/08/2015
01/07/2015 to 01/07/2015
03/06/2015 to 03/06/2015
04/02/2015 to 04/02/2015

Plymouth Bonfire & Fireworks. Courtesy of Plymouth City Council
Plymouth Bonfire & Fireworks

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014

Christmas Illumination Switch On

Dates Open:
17/11/2014 to 17/11/2014

Traditional Squibbing at Bridgwater Fireworks Carnival. © Peter J Nicholls Photography
Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Dates Open:
04/11/2014 to 07/11/2014

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