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Plan your trip at the City Gate


Exeter is the capital city of Devon and is very easy to explore on foot right from the front door of the Townhouse. We are in a quiet corner of the city centre yet only a few minutes stroll from the stunning Cathedral, Museum, Quayside, University, train stations, bus station, shopping centres and excellent pubs & restaurants. Exeter has been a Cathedral town since 1050 and the present Cathedral was built in the 14th century. It is one of the greatest Medieval cathedrals in England and the only Cathedral in England to have twin Norman towers and has the longest unbroken vaulted roof of any in the country.

Exeter boasts all the major High Street names as well as over 350 independent shops, pubs and restaurants. We have listed the best restaurants in our welcome guide to Exeter, found in every room. Exeter’s Gandy Street has a great variety of boutique clothes shops and good bars and restaurants. For arts, crafts and collectables, try Exeter’s West Quarter or the Quayside. Or travel slightly further afield and make an afternoon of it by browsing antique shops, art galleries and boutiques of the historic riverside town of Topsham, a 12 minute train ride south of Exeter. The City is brimming with history and heritage, with many visitor attractions to keep you entertained.

From the magnificent Cathedral, the historic Quayside ,The Underground Passages ,The Royal Albert Memorial Museum there’s so much to see and do in this fascinating city.

You can also go one of the many walking tours. For the children there is Crealy Theme Park which has roller coasters, other rides, adventure park and a zoo.

June 25th 2017 - 2.00PM - 5.00PM

Live Music - Neil Stone


Escape the hassle and bussle of the city centre and join us every Sunday for live music.

Located in our hidden oasis garden, experience great live music and garden table service.

Why would you spend your sunny Sunday afternoons anywhere else?

June 26th 2017 - 7.00PM - 9.00PM

The Greenfingers Band

Every 4th Monday of each month!

You can enjoy Pete and his fellow Irish musicians every 4th Monday here live at the City Gate.

Can you think of a better way to spend your Monday evening then relaxing to Irish music in our fantastic dining room, enjoying a cold craft larger.

June 27th 2017 - 7.30PM - 9.30PM

Quiz Night


Back due to popular demand, hosted by our very own quiz superstar!

Tuesday night is going to be our weekly interactive quiz night with general knowledge, sport, picture and music rounds!

Head down to the City Gate to be apart of the only interactive quiz in Exeter.

With the chance to win a £50 drinks voucher, you would be crazy not to take part!

Early arrival is essential to guarantee a table as we do not pre-book any tables and they will be on first come first serve basis.

June 12th 2017 - 7.00PM - 9.30PM

Irish Music Jam

Every 2nd Monday of each month!

Bring your musical instruments along to join Pete and the Green Finger Band for an Irish music jam night.

All talents welcome, whether you enjoy playing, singer or just fancy enjoying the music!

June 14th 2017 - 8.00AM - 11.00PM

World Cucumber Day!!

Friend 1: As if anyone celebrates World Cucumber day.
Friend 2: ​They do at the City Gate, didn't you know!
Friend 1: Oh really, how?
Friend 2: ​​Welllll you get a free Hendricks gin when you take a cucumber to the bar!
Friend 1: Shut up!! Guess where we are going on Wednesday the 14th!

Where are you heading this World Cucumber Day?​​

Lost your cucumber? It happens but don't panic, we have you covered!

We have created Cucumber & Go Seek!!

20 cucumbers will be hidden around the City Gate, waiting to be traded for a Hendricks Gin.​​​​

June 15th 2017 - 7.30PM - 9.30PM

Oxfam Charity Quiz

All proceeds raised on the night will go to Oxfam. Around the world, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Oxfam works with partner organisations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.

Expect a raffle with some excellent prizes, some fun summer games (think swingball/ skittles!), pimms sipping on a hopefully sunny evening, and of course an entertaining quiz!

Tickets are £4 per person or £3 per students and its teams of up to six people. More information regarding prizes, will be given closer to the time. Bring friends, family, housemates and anyone else along for what should be a lovely summer's evening :)

Contact Rosie Watts on to buy tickets in advance!

We look forward to seeing you all there!!

Farmers Market

Shoppers keen on sampling West Country foods can buy a wide range of produce at the Exeter Farmers’ Market. The market is a vibrant and enjoyable place to buy and sell and meet with producers who offer a delicious range of foods such as venison, pork, lamb, beef, chicken, organic fruit and vegetables, apple juice, fish, chicken, preserves, cakes, bread, pies and much more.
The market takes place every Thursday from 9.00am to 2.00pm on the corner of Fore Street and South Street.

Dartmoor National park

Dartmoor National Park’s landscape is as dramatic as its weather. From its striking granite tors to steep wooded river valleys and from swathes of heather covered moorland to tucked away villages and hamlets. It is a land of contrasts – some people go to experience the tranquillity by getting away from it all, whilst others go to get active.

Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is a Walk Through Time. With its rocks and fossils we can uncover detailed stories from Earth’s ancient past. Through its landslides, cliffs and beaches we can learn about the natural processes that formed the coast and continue to shape the world today.


How to get here

Nearest train station: Exeter Central Rail

Just off the M5 and A377, drop by for a drink

Opening Times

Monday - Thursday: 07:00 to 23:00
Friday - Saturday: 07:00 to 00:00
Sunday: 08:00 to 22:30

Food Service hours

Monday - Saturday: 07:00 to 22:00
Sunday: 08:00 to 21:00

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