Exeter Travel Guide

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Exeter Things to Do

  • Cathedral

    The Cathedral Church of St. Peter, to give it its proper name, is without doubt Exeter’s crowning glory. Built on the hill where the original Roman camp was established, it was conceived in its present form in 1114 but its history goes back even further to Saxon times when a Benedictine monastery and Minster was set up here around 670 AD. One of...

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  • Quayside

    The Roman and medieval city of Exeter grew up on a hill overlooking the River Exe and so consequently the river runs below the city rather than through it. This means that there is a 10-15 minute downhill walk from the Cathedral to the Quayside. It’s worth making the effort to come down here though because, not only did it have an important part to...

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  • Cathedral Close

    This building in Cathedral Close is unmissable: it really draws the eye. You may have read that Mol's was opened as a coffee house by an Italian called Mol in the 16th century. There are stories that Elizabethan seafarers such as Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins met there. That is not the case: much of that 'history' was concocted by one Mr Worth, who...

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  • House That Moved

    I knew nothing of this until I happened to walk past what is clearly a very old building (timber-framed) and saw it was called 'The House that Moved'. So I just had to google it when I got back home. Number 16 Edmund Street (or 'the Merchant's house) was and is three storeys high, dating from around 1500 or possibly earlier. It was and is one of...

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  • Days Out

    For a family day out from Exeter the former Stately Home of the wealthy Acland family, Killerton, is well worth a visit. The house and its gardens was built in 1778 by Sir Thomas Acland, a Devon landowner and businessman, initially as a temporary residence but became the family home for the next 165 years. In 1944 the head of the family was the...

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  • Underground Passages

    These medieval passage ways were built to supply some of Exeter with a constant supply of fresh water from the springs outside the walls.The water would travel through lead pipes.The pipes would sometimes leak,therefore to save alot of expense and digging up, the passage ways were built in the 13th century .Visitors can take a guided tour through...

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Exeter Restaurants

  • Prospect Inn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Prospect Inn is situated in the wonderfully vibrant quayside area of Exeter. After driving at a maximum speed of 10 mph for miles on end along the M5 motorway we arrived at Exeter in a ravenous state. Luckily I had checked VT for a suitable place to eat and made a bee-line for the Quay. Outside the Prospect Inn you will find a large outside...

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  • Dinosaur Cafe

    I've passed this little place many times over the years and always fancied dropping in for a bite to eat. Usually though either it has been busy-busy or I've been short of time and so it's taken a few years for me to finally catch it on a suitably proprietous occassion. Finally managing to arrive early lunchtime (out of university term-time) and...

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  • Tiger Bills

    This is the latest addition (Nov 2007) to Exeter's ever expanding culinary scene and a very imressive one it is too! I just happened to be passing on my way to my Iron Bridge barbers' and noticed that what was formerly a closed-down Irish-theme bar suddenly had a new coat of paint (or should I say a new coat of stripes!). A quick glance at the menu...

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  • Bar Venezia

    Bar Venizia is quite a cool place, although from your name you would think they did just Italian food, but it is really more of a Mediterranean place. We had the vegetarian pizza, sat on the chairs outside next to the river Exe on a sunny day watching the kayaks & Canoes paddle past. Very relaxing, In the evenings they have music to but I have...

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  • Well House Tavern

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Opposite the Cathedral, over looking the green, is a great little pub. For years whenever I went here for lunch I had the Cheddar Ploughmans lunch, which consists of pickle, cheese, chunk of bread, salad, coleslaw...... mmmmm, it was excellent although I have not been recently. The pub is part of the Royal Clarance Hotel, situated next door,...

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  • On The Waterfront

    An unseasonably warm spring lunchtime brought me down to the quay in search of lunch. I was after something lightish, maybe pasta or something, and an in-the-sun riverside location. On The Waterfront, a converted dockside warehouse, promised both. Unfortunately they had also been caught out by the unseasonably sunny day, service was dire (no table...

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Exeter Nightlife

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  • The Mint Pub

    The Mint in Exeter is an excellent place to go for a drink,they have a happy hour most nights and the drinks are really cheap,its a great atmosphere as well,if your into sports they have a big screen to watch as well.

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  • Timepiece

    It's a very nice pub with tables inside and outside, and where you can also dance. One thing I remember well is if you buy a beer, it's cheap as always in England, but once I ordered a cocktail and they made me pay something I couldn't believe..and I asked: why is it so expensive? "Well, because it's a nightclub!"....ok....cool..interesting!...

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  • Cavern

    This is avery cool little underground pub/club to hang out. It's got a very urban feel, and plays alternative styles of music. The venue occasionally caters for gigs as well, and a number of bands have played here when starting out. Pretty much what ever you like.

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  • Phoenix Arts Centre

    If you are staying in Exeter you must check out the Exeter Phoenix,there are live gigs most nights with some exellent bands playing,buy the local paper the Express & Echo where you will find listings of up and coming bands.

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  • The Black Horse

    The city centre's Black Horse (not to be confused with the one out by the airport) is a bit of a studenty pub, the area being a popular student residential one. Despite being part of the Greene King chain of managed houses it still has its touches of individuality especially its all-seasons beer garden and roaring open fires in the winter. Beer...

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  • The Angel

    The Angel, formerly the (I think, "if my memory serves me well") Queen Vic seems to be the venue for local try-out bands. It's not really what I personally do these days, but it is a nice little pub, always a good pint of beer and a pleasant atmosphere. I suppose it is more aimed at a younger market than an old fogie like myself but that doesn't...

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Exeter Transportation

  • Bike Hire From St Davids Station

    A relatively new addition to the Exeter bicycle hire stable is the Brompton Dock at St Davids Railway Station.Just in front of the main entrance you'll see the hire station, as pictured. The bicycles are of the folding variety but look easy enough to unfold and use. The instructions are simple and after registering online you can get access codes...

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  • Taxis From St Davids Railway Station

    If arriving at St Davids and you need a local taxi then you'll find a rank full of willing drivers. These all work on the City Council tarrifs and so the cost of your journey will be metered and thus it doesn't matter which company you use. However if you want to go further afield then use the Capital Taxi service who will offer you pre-arranged...

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  • Butt's Ferry - Is It A Boat Or A Bridge?

    A quirky little journey here in Exeter is this ferry service across the River Exe at Exeter Quay. This is more a bit of fun than an essential crossing as there's a perfectly good footbridge 50 metres or so upstream.There has been a ferry crossing here since at least 1641, long before the present-day bridge was built, and in those days it was very...

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Exeter Shopping

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  • Shop til you drop....

    Exeter has a cosmopolitan shopping centre which is an eclectic mix of ultra modern shopping arcades and old traditional buildings. The shopping streets are jam packed with every shop selling everything you would want and more! We called in on a busy Saturday afternoon when it was really busy, I would love to return on a quieter weekday to have a...

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  • Is Slightly Removed

    is now on the corner of South and Fore Street, but still good for a free lunch!!! Dropped in this afternoon whilst I was awaiting the bus and a quick nibble of cheese from Norsworthy, a dip of Devon Chilli and a little toasty bit soaked in local honey. Yep, there is still a free lunch here in Exeter :) Cheese here is superb - try Norsworthy's...

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  • Shop till you drop

    Exeter is full of shops, shopping streets and shopping centers. It seems that people also come from the surrounding towns for a big shopping spree. You can find it all.

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Exeter Warnings and Dangers

  • Stiletto Heels At St Davids Station!

    If arriving at St Davids railway station whilst wearing high heels beware of the drainage runnel that runs in front of the entrance.Unfortunately I wasn't quite fast enough with the camera to catch the whole episode (too busy laughing!) but the woman featured managed to get her boot heel caught in the grid over the drain. She attempted to just pull...

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  • What? No Booze!!

    There are several excellent restaurants on Cathedral Yard here in Exeter overlooking the magnificent Gothic Cathedral and its attendant Green. During the summer most of these have outside tables which are understandably popular especially for a light lunch and to sit and watch the world go by (and especially the pretty girls!).However be warned...

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  • Watch your step!

    The council considers cobbles stones to be dangerous, so be warned.Alternatively, this may just be one more indication of the over-litigious society we now live in.Hey ho..................

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Exeter Off The Beaten Path

  • Often Missed Details

    St Petrok's is another ancient church (the centre of Exeter has several). St Petrock was a 6th centruy (500s) Welsh abbot. This building dates from early Medieval times (1000s onwards) but has been alteed and enlarged many times over the past 400 years. The church only has occasional service but houses a bellringing centre (there's a display...

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  • Highwayman Inn at Sourton

    ...But A Fascinating Pub. The Highwayman Inn at Sourton, just past Okehampton, is one of the most characterful pubs in the World. The original inn was built in 1282 and has been serving victuals ever since, sometimes doubling up its role as a farmhouse when the 20 acres to the rear have been put to use. In the 17th century it was known as The...

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  • Devon Churches

    One of the many unique features of Branscombe's church is this fragment of a wall painting. It shows an embracing couple being impaled by a skeletal demon. Apparently there used to be a whole series of these murals, depicting the punishments for the Seven Deadly Sins.

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Exeter Sports & Outdoors

  • Messing around on the river

    Exeter lies on the River Exe, a largish river which runs from North Exmoor, flowing in to the sea at Exmouth. Along the quay side a popular activity is Canoing & Kayaking along the river. Prices are reasonable to hire the boats, from £5.00 an hour, rising the bigger the boast you want. A lovely way to spend a few hours. Can all be hired at the...

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  • Exeter Canal Route

    The riverside from Exeter southwards, has for many years been a popular track for walkers & cyclists a like. One particular route we are planning to cycle soon is Exeter quay to Starcross on the coast, a distance of 13km each way.Again like the boats, there are hire facilties at the quay itself, £13.00 a day for adult bikes, cheaper for...

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  • Left Luggage

    Because of the spate of terrorist bombings around the UK over the last few decades most of the railway stations no longer offer left-luggage facilities and the same is true here in Exeter. However the offices of the Capitol Taxi firm, which is just across the road to the left of the main station exit, do have a secure luggage room and charge 1.50...

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  • House That Moved

    One of Exeter's oldest, and most interesting, buildings now sits rather incongruously on the corner of West Street and Edmund Street looking out onto the inner-city ring road. The actual date of its original construction isn't known precisely but estimates put it as around 1450 when it was probably a merchant's home. It's original location was on...

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  • Old Exe Bridge

    Historical evidence suggests that during Exeter's Saxon and Roman periods the river was much more tidal than it is now and was easily fordable at low tides. The first known bridge was completed around 1238 with the monies for its construction raised from public subscription by the then mayor, Walter Gervaise (with support from his wealthy father...

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