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Things to do in Exeter

Honestly there’s so much. We’re bang in the middle of the ancient city of Exeter. A short walk takes you onto the High Street, where a great line of shops are waiting for you to peruse, (we highly recommend Gandy Street for a mooch around) We’ve got medieval architecture on our doorstep, with the stunning Exeter cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, both just a short stroll away.

Exeter Cathedral

Holy moly! Exeter Cathedral is so magnificent that, although building work started in 1112, it wasn’t completed until 1400. Among its many eye-popping features is the longest uninterrupted medieval vaulted ceiling in the world. Firmly up-there as one of Devon’s mustn’t-miss-it architectural landmarks, Exeter Cathedral continues to draw visitors from far and wide, offering a glimpse into the rich history and cultural heritage of Southern England.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

A treasure trove of rambling rooms filled with an eclectic mix of exhibits and fascinating objects. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum has been a firm favourite on the city’s cultural scene since Victorian times. Get lost in Exeters rich history, marvel at the Samurai armour and ancient meteorite, Oh and don’t forget, Gerald the Giraffe, standing 17 feet tall (you can’t miss him), Gerald has won hearts of children and adults alike for over 100 years.

Exeter Quay

Just a 10 minute walk away from the pub you will find Exeter’s historic Quayside. Cobbled paths meander between former warehouse, now converted into quirky independent shops, cool cafes and eateries. Whether you fancy a dilly-dally, or something more active (think: splishy-splashy boat rides and bike hire) it’s the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Be sure to pop in and say hello to our friends at Double Locks, it makes for a lovely stroll from Exeter Quay (around 40 minutes), taking in the beautiful countryside along the banks of the canal. It’s a 10-15 minute cycle (all nice and flat too!) or if you’re feeling brave you can hire a canoe and paddle to the pub – thirst quenching pint will be waiting.

Underground Passages

Perfect for a day exploring with the whole family, prepare for a day of crouching down in a hard hat to get spooked by what is the only publicly accessible underground network of it’s kind in England.  Dating back to the 14th century these medieval passages beneath the High Street were built to transport clean drinking water from natural springs outside the city walls. The vaulted corridors, brimming with rich history and a fascinating past, the perfect exploring spot for curious minds.


Exe Estuary Trail

This stunning cycling route along Devon’s picturesque Exe Estuary is renowned as one of the finest birdwatching routes in the country. Following both banks of the River Exe Estuary, it connects the coastal town of Dawlish Warren to Exmouth. The path hugs the river for much of its length, providing breathtaking views across the estuary. With mostly flat terrain and panoramic views of the river and estuary, this route promises an unforgettable experience for cyclists of all levels.

Exmouth Beach

The rocks at Orcombe Point mark the beginning of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, with the cliffs holding layers upon layers of geological history spanning 185 million years. If you’re craving some vitamin sea and some sand between your toes, the 30 minute drive will be worth your while. Exmouth beach has it all. Boasting two miles of glorious, golden sandy goodness and captivating rock pools it’s a must-do trip for all the family.

Be sure to pop in and say hello to our friends at our favourite sea-side local, The Grove, Exmouth – with a stunning balcony and beer garden boasting glorious sea views and a pub menu bursting with fresh fish and seafood.

Crealy Theme Park

The biggest family theme park in Devon is just 15 minute drive away. Crealy is a firm favourite for a family day out, offering over 60 rides and attractions, along with live entertainment and animals galore. With rollercoasters for the thrill seekers and Sooty land for the little ones there is something for all ages.

Conveniently located just minutes from Junction 30 of the M5 in Exeter, with ample free parking available

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