About Exeter

Right in the heart of Devon, you’ll discover a city rich in history and culture. With humble beginnings as a Roman town in 50AD, Exeter today is a uniquely historic city surrounded by stunning scenery just waiting to be explored. From the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum to the deep Underground Passages, Exeter is home to many famous attractions as well as a vibrant independent art scene and beautiful Quayside complete with award winning eateries, coffee shops and bars.

Despite being a small city with a population of over 130,000, there is plenty for you and your loved ones to do, see and eat. So, what are you waiting for? Book in your stay with Best Western, and prepare to fall in love with Exeter today.

Things To Do In Exeter

Things To Do In Exeter

Step inside one of Exeter’s most famous attractions – the Exeter Cathedral. Explore the amazing architecture, clandestine corners and hidden history of the cathedral which was founded in 1050. Take in the gothic style of the building, let the stained glass take your breath away and join a guided tour to learn more about the development of one of Europe’s finest cathedrals.

Uncover the beauty of Exeter simply by walking along the Quayside. Get your daily steps in, browse through antique shops and make the most of the sunshine by enjoying a long walk. Or, if you’re up for something more adventurous, you can always hire a bike or canoe, or sit down for a relaxing boat ride instead. There’s also an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars along the quay so you don’t need to worry about hunger!

Consider yourself a climbing expert? If so, visit the Southwest’s largest indoor climbing centre and see how high you can go. At 14 metres high, with an initial 15 degree overhang and a 50 degree roof, the Prow is just one of the many obstacles waiting to be tackled. If you’re visiting Exeter with little ones, you’ll be pleased to know there are climbing walls for kids, so they’ll also get a chance to unleash their inner rock monkey. 

Enter Exeter’s underground passages, filled with stories of war, sieges and plague. Originally built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter, these are the only passages of this kind open to the public in Britain, so you don’t want to miss out on a guided tour.

Eating And Drinking In Exeter

Eating And Drinking In Exeter

Seafood lovers should be sure to book a table at The Galley – a family-run fish and seafood restaurant overlooking the River Exe. By using fresh, local produce, The Galley aims to provide customers with the very best of Devon. The menu includes scallops, bream fillet, and a mouth-watering caramel mousse. 

Travel back to Tudor times when dining at The Conservatory, a restaurant on the site of a Tudor merchant’s house. With its remarkable painted panelling that dates back to 1600 and fresh, locally sourced food, The Conservatory is the perfect place for special occasions.

Exploring Exeter with the family? Unwind at Harry’s Restaurant, an independently-owned, established restaurant in the heart of the city. This iconic gothic style building dating back to 1883, was Harry Hems’ 19th century architectural sculptors workshop, and is now the ideal setting for laid back brunches, lunchtimes dates, intimate dinners and family celebrations.

Sip on award-winning ales, try Devon’s first organic lager and tuck into warm pies at the Exeter Brewery Tap Room. If you’re in Exeter with a group of friends, why not book a brewery tour? It includes food and all Exeter Brewery Ales for a period of three hours – what’s not to like?

Shopping In Exeter

Shopping In Exeter

Do a spot of window shopping or treat yourself to a new outfit when visiting Princesshay shopping centre. With over 60 shops, including the very best high street brands as well as some specialised and independent stores, Princesshay has everything you need for a productive day out. End the day with food at Slim Chickens or Nando’s.

Want to avoid the typical shops? Head over to Fore Street where you’ll find plenty of quirky, independent shops. Step into small boutiques and buy unique gifts you won’t be able to find anywhere else. We also recommend making your way to Fore Street Flea – an outdoor market that has much to offer.

If you’re a fan of charismatic, picturesque shopping areas, Gandy Street is perfect for you. Located in the heart of Exeter, Gandy Street is made up of many independent shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Get your hands on locally sourced prints, pottery, cards, jewellery and lighting, and uncover great shops that are tucked away.

Fill your home with a range of antique, vintage and retro items from Topsham Quay Antiques Centre. Located on the quayside, this antiques centre hosts 65 dealers, trading over 9000 square feet on 3 floors. Whether you want mirrors and decorative art, or coins, clocks and stamps, there’s a world of antiquities waiting for you.

Culture And Hisot In Exeter

Culture And Hisot In Exeter

Feed your curiosity at the historic Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery during a family day out. Set your eyes on stunning displays of exotic animals, birds and insects, discover what life was like in Roman, Tudor and 18th century Exeter in Minecraft and touch specimens from our impressive geology collection.

There’s a lot that makes Exeter a unique city, including The House that Moved. This tourist attraction is a 14th century, three-storey timber-framed house in Devon that was moved from its original place. It now rests on a new street after being moved in 1961 and is a must-see when you’re in the city.

Book tickets to watch a play at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter’s flagship theatre. Since doors first opened in November 1967, the theatre has become part of the city’s history. Whether you’re enjoying a break with friends or family, you’ll find a range of shows available to watch – just be sure to book in advance!

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