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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.

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

December 19th 2018 - 7.00PM - 10.00PM


Meet up with friends before Christmas and show off your knowledge!

A Christmas themed quiz with various different rounds and great prizes.

Maximum team of 5.

Free mince pie for all those that take part!

December 21st 2018 - 4.00PM - 9.00PM

Christmas Friyay

The best Friday of the entire year.

No more work until after Christmas (for the people who chose the right trade!), the atmosphere is glowing and the drinks are flowing.

We will be offering a well deserved pint and a hot homemade bar snack for just £7

Served between 4pm and 9pm.

December 25th 2018 - January 8th 2019

Exeter Winter ReTREAT

Looking for a getaway this winter?

Book a room with us this winter using promotional code WINTERTREAT on our website.

You can enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, two courses from our seasonal British a la carte menu, a comfy overnight stay for two, topped off with a hearty breakfast to get you out of bed and back on your way

All for £139.00

The offer is on from 17th December until 25th February

December 31st 2018 - January 1st 2019

Race Night - Peaky Blinder Style



Celebrate your New Years Eve at the City Gate this year..

A Night At The Race
Peaky Blinder Style

£15 per person
Party starts at 8pm
1920 dress code
Arrival bubbly
Canapes throughout the evening
Password required for entrance

Ticket purchase available online only

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December 1st 2018 - 1.00PM - 6.00PM

Christmas Party

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all December..

Make this Christmas special by enjoying our first refurbished Christmas with us! Whether you're looking for drinks with friends & colleagues in our cosy Pub Snug, a special yet traditional 3 course feast in our elegant Dining Room or a smashing party in our Cellar Bar complete with festive sharing platters, we can cater for all of your Christmas celebratory needs!

You can even plan on having a little tipple too much this year, as we have 15 beautiful boutique bedrooms up stairs to rest your weary party heads. Let us take the stress out of the party planning.

We are confident that the City Gate will meet all of your festive wishes, so contact us today so that we can make those wishes come true! Our Christmas Feast menu will be available from late November through too Early January, to ensure you make the most of the Christmas season.

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December 2nd 2018 - 12.00PM - 5.00PM

Santa Sunday




December 14th 2018 - 8.00AM - 10.00PM

Christmas Jumper Day

Help us support Save the Children charity by wearing your funniest Christmas Jumper.

Donate £2 for every flashy festive jumper worn.

The best jumper picture will win a bottle of wine!

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