Devon Things to Do

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Devon Things to Do

  • Cathedral

    Exeter Things to Do

    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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  • Days Out

    Plymouth Things to Do

    This place is best thought of as an outdoor museum. The entire copper mining village has been kept as close as possible to the way it would have looked at the time. You are given the free reign to walk around the buildings and places of the village, such as the quay where the goods would have been transported down-river via barge or the Assayers...

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  • St Helens Church

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    When you approach the "village" on Lundy initially on leaving the boat, there are two buildings that dominate the skyline. Away to the left you can see the Old Light (see seperate tip) but the building that most catches the eye is the much closer St. Helena's Church, also known as St. Helens. As your stay on the island continues, you become...

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  • Quayside

    Exeter Things to Do

    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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  • Barbican

    Plymouth Things to Do

    If I was a first time visitor to Plymouth I would have to admit that The Hoe should be my first port of call, just for the views alone, but a very close second would have to be The Barbican. If you read my second introductory chapter you’ll realise that Sutton Harbour is the oldest part of Plymouth (excepting Plympton), and it’s here that you’ll...

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  • Walking

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    I know that me next comment may seem totally redundant but I am going to make it anyway. You are on a small rock at the junction of the Atlantic and Bristol Channel and with a total of perhaps less than a dozen vehicles on it (of very limited use to the visitor, except for moving luggage from the quay to the various accommodations provided). I...

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  • Cathedral Close

    Exeter Things to Do

    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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  • National Marine Aquarium

    Plymouth Things to Do

    The National Marine Aquarium here in Plymouth's Barbican claims to be "One of Devon's Finest Attractions" and it certainly is impressive. The living exhibits cover all aspects of sea life from plankton to sharks and are presented in a variety of ways from small individual tanks, open pools and the main attraction (if you'll forgive the pun) of the...

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  • Old Light

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Lundy is a unique place for photographers. No matter your interests, or skill level, you'll always find something to fascinate your camera eye. I was in a moon mood recently and so spent a bit of time trying to capture it. I did, literally - inside the Old Light. HA!

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  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum

    Exeter Things to Do

    There’s a danger of boring people to death when describing museums, so forgive me if I don’t include everything that this museum has to offer. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) was built in the Gothic style in the 1860s. It’s a handsome building, and with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a multi million pound re-development took place...

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  • Plymouth Gin Distillery

    Plymouth Things to Do

    When the horizontal rain is being driven by the wind through the streets and alleys of the Barbican there's plenty of welcoming pubs to seek refuge in. However if you fancy a warming drink combined with something more educational then check out the tour itinerary for the Plymouth Gin Distillery. This is housed in the former "Black Friars"...

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  • Letterboxing

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Lundy is a place of incredible natural beauty. There are many excllent images here on VT, although mine are somewhat marred by equipment failure. Why then would I choose to include an image of a slightly grubby Tupperware box scribbled on in felt tip pen? Allow me to explain. I am not sure whether to refer to it as a game, challenge or whatever...

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  • Days Out

    Exeter Things to Do

    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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  • Boat and Fishing Trips

    Plymouth Things to Do

    The Barbican in Plymouth is the departure point for the many boat trips, that take tourists around the Naval Dockyards on the river Tamar, or around the famous Plymouth Sound to secluded coves and beaches.

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  • Seal Watching - Swimming With

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Lundy has an indigenous population of an estimated 60 grey seals who tend to hang around the north end of the Island. They do bask from time to time at low tide but mostly they seem happier in the water. These are the UK's largest mamalian species with males averaging at about 250 kg and contrary to what the fishermen may tell you they are in fact...

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  • Architecture

    Exeter Things to Do

    Exeter was quite badly bombed during the Second World War, with 18 raids between 1940 and 1942 flattening much of the city centre and destroying many of its ancient buildings. So the city does not contain quite the number of architectural sights-of-interest one might expect, given its history. But there are buildings to spot, and it is worth...

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  • Armada Way Big Screen

    Plymouth Things to Do

    Then come to Plymouth!! At the bottom end of Armada Way, where it meets Royal Parade, the Plymouth City Centre Management Company, in conjunction with the BBC and the local council, have erected a big screen television as a means of attracting people to the city. This is used to show major sporting events, such as Wimbledon, as well as for viewing...

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  • Granite Quarrying Operation

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    I have mentioned in various other places on my Lundy page about how the island is administered by the admirable Landmark Trust, who have wonderfully restored many of the old buildings as very attractive holiday premises. Sadly, however, they have not been able to do anything about the old quarry cottages on the East Coast which, as you can see,...

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  • General Tips

    Exeter Things to Do

    Exeter was, arguably, the southwest's most important city during the Medieval period and the surviving evidence from this era gives the city much of its historical character. As well as the Cathedral and the remains of the city walls there's all sorts of bits and bobs to be discovered. The tourist office has a couple of freebie leaflets with...

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  • South End

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Continue past the church away from the village, and the track will lead you to the Castle, sometimes known as the Marisco Castle. It was built in the 13th century by King Henry III who had come to the island to capture the Marisco family who had earlier plotted to kill the king. There isn't much left of the castle any more, and what remains has...

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  • Guildhall

    Exeter Things to Do

    Exeter’s Guildhall is claimed to be England’s oldest civic building still in use and you can’t fail to notice its elaborate Beer stone frontage that protrudes onto the High St. Originally built around 1160 the Guildhall enforced standards for the various guilds that sprang up in the Middle Ages, although the building we see today largely stems from...

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  • Devils Slide

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    If you're intent on walking to the end of the island, make sure you leave enough time to walk along the dramatic West coast, particularly the section after Threequarter Wall. One of the most famous attractions is the Devil's Slide, a granite wall much favoured by climbers that stretches right down to the sea...you need to stray from the path a bit...

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  • Cathedral Grounds

    Exeter Things to Do

    The best place to start an exploration of Exeter has to be Cathedral Green. It’s been the heart of the city since Roman times and it still is today. All signposts lead to the Cathedral and so it’s easy to find. Standing centre stage of course is the Cathedral itself whilst surrounding it are some interesting and harmonious buildings which somehow...

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  • Battery

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Just past the Quarterwall on the west side, try to find a little stone wall with a path running down the cliffside behind it. It might not seem like the safest path, but trust me, it's fine....follow it down until it becomes steps, leading down to the remains of two cottages, and even further down to the Battery. Now, what is a battery, you might...

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  • High Street

    Exeter Things to Do

    I suppose a review about the High Street should come under the ‘Shopping’ heading really, but as I’m no shopper I can’t really give a tip about shopping in the High Street can I? What I can give a tip about though is those things that shoppers might miss. A word of warning though first. High St is a pedestrianised area, except that it isn’t. By...

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  • Beacon Hill Cemetery

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    It will come as no surprise to regular readers of my travel pages but I love pottering about in graveyeards, churchyards, cemeteries, call them what you will. I find them endlessly fascinating and great sources of social history. Like just about everything else on Lundy, the old cemetery is unusual and slightly mysterious and I loved it. It is...

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  • House That Moved

    Exeter Things to Do

    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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  • Rock Pools

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    The best place, and most accessible, to explore our rock pools is at Devil's Kitchen, the channel at the South End which at high tide makes Rat Island an island. When the tide's out the craggy seabed offers up all sorts of fascinating flora and fauna. Fauna include fish species such as Shanny and Tompot Blenny who are too fast for the camera as...

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  • City Walls

    Exeter Things to Do

    As you walk around the City of Exeter you can see the remains of the City Walls wherever you go. Almost 70% of the walls remain; they are almost 2000 years old have repelled rebellions and have been the scene for many civic ceremonies and celebrations. There are nine information panels dotted at certain points around the wall which all form part of...

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  • Fauna

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    These ar a very primitive breed of sheep which originates from the island of Soay in the St Kilda archipelago. They are semi wild sheep and are found over large parts of the centre of the island. There are maybe some 150 sheep on the island. They were introduced on Lundy in 1942. Wild goats were also introduced to the island (although they were...

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  • Underground Passages

    Exeter Things to Do

    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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  • Round The Island Trips

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Every so often a guy called Clive, who is based at Clovelly, brings a small boatload of people (about 10) for a trip to Lundy. Whilst he's letting them do their own thing he offers round island boat trips to our guests (and to us residents). I happened to be lucky and noticed the announcment in the shop this morning AND it was my day off. I signed...

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  • Pubs

    Exeter Things to Do

    UPDATE November 2014 - Pub now closed and up for sale. I usually have to pass through Exeter on my travels and often have a bit of time to hang waiting for train connections at St Davids station. There's a couple of bars in the immediate area, including that at the Great Western Hotel, but the one I tend to favour is this one - The Jolly Porter,...

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  • North End

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    The goal of some of the more energetic daytrippers is to reach the northernmost point of Lundy, the North Light. Be warned that this does mean climbing down many steps and climbing back again...and make sure you've left yourselves enough time, as the boat won't wait for latecomers! Follow the "road" until it peters out...it might seem as if this is...

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  • Rougemenont Castle

    Exeter Things to Do

    The gateway to Rougemont Castle contains the oldest non-ecclesiastical Norman arch in the country.It was built after William the Conqueror marched into Exeter to resolve the first English Rebellion against his authority in 1068.The inner bailey of the Castle houses the county court built in 1774 for the assizes and is not opened to the public but...

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  • Prehistoric Sites

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Lundy's identified pre-history stretches back to the late-Neolithic period, circa BC 2,500. This is evidenced by the standing stones to be found in the southern part of the Island which are characteristic of similar finds on the mainland and on other islands which have been dated to this period. Whereas the better-known sites of such stones are...

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  • St Catherine's Chapel & Almshouses

    Exeter Things to Do

    While taking a shortcut on the way back to the car I was surprised to stumble across some great remains of a great Chapel and Almshouses. They were founded by Canon John Stevens in 1457 to house thirteen poor men. In 1894, Lady Hotham financed their restoration and they were handed over to the Church Army as a hostel. During the second war,...

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  • Marisco Tavern

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    This is going to be one of the slightly odder tips I am going to write about Lundy but it really is something the visitor may miss and really should do. Allow me to explain. I love eggs and I simply adore pickled eggs which have been a staple of pub snacks for as long as I can remember. Heaven knows, I have even been known to pickle my own now and...

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  • Red Coat Tours

    Exeter Things to Do

    This is something that I haven't done personally (although I really should). Exeter has a rich history, from pre-Celtic, through Roman and Medieval, up to its more recent. In conjunction with the tourist office the City Council offers FREE Red Coat Guided Tours. These take place daily, year round (except Christmas and Boxing Day) and the various...

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  • VC Quarry

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    For many years, the island of Lundy was owned, run and quarried by the Harman family as is evidenced by numerous headstones in the Old Chapel graveyard close by Old Light. In 1914, a son was born to the family and christened John Pennington. With his father a millionaire, he had a very priveleged upbringing and used to spend much time on Lundy...

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  • St Martin's Church

    Exeter Things to Do

    You'll find St Martin's at the corner of Cathedral Close, very near to the cathedral. The St Martin to whim it is dedicated was a 4th century (300s) Bishop of Tours, France. It is an ancient church indeed. What you can see now dates back to the 1400s, but the foundation of the church was much earlier than this. St Martin's is no longer used for...

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  • Fun Days

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    During the August Bank Holiday weekend my Island hosts the internationally-renowned Lundy 'Lympics. This is an annual Island fun day (weather permitting) where guests and staff get an opportunity to pit their strengths and skills against each other, and themselves. Being Lundy this isn't 100% serious, although to look at some of faces pictured...

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  • Northernhay Gardens

    Exeter Things to Do

    Running around Rougemont Castle,these gardens are beleived to be the first public gardens to be built in the country.They are also home to the 1914-1918 war memorial.In the summer the gardens look beautiful with all the flowers,there is also plenty of seating areas.

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  • Postal Service

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    It might sound like a pretty obvious thing to suggest that you send a postcard or two to friends and relatives back home but on Lundy even this simple act takes on an added dimension. As I mentioned in the introduction to my Lundy page, there is only one of most things on the island and so you buy your postcard from THE shop and eventually post it...

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  • Stepcote Hill

    Exeter Things to Do

    Stepcote Hill is a steep cobbled medieval street that has steps at each side for pedestrians and a narrow cobbled roadway for packhorses; it is lined with 15th century merchants houses was once the main entrance into the city from its west side. It is believed that its name is derived from the Old English word meaning steep rather than from step. A...

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