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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.

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 17th 2017 - 12.00PM - 9.00PM

Festive City Gate Sundays

**Festive Sunday - Every Sunday in December**

Roasted chestnuts and mulled wine in our winter wonderland.

Whilst Neil Stone plays Christmas classics!

December 18th 2017 - 8.00AM - 11.00PM

City Gate Christmas Jumper Day

City Gate Christmas Jumper Day
An extra day to take your crazy Christmas jumper for a spin.

Save the children charity, wear your funniest Christmas jumper and donate £2 to charity for every jumper worn.

The best Christmas jumper will win a bottle of wine to redeem in January.

You will also have the chance to take part in our Christmas City Gate raffle to raise some extra pennies for a well deserved charity!

December 19th 2017 - 7.30PM - 9.30PM

Christmas Quiz


Special Christmas quiz

£1 per person entry

December 22nd 2017 - 4.00PM - 9.00PM

Big Black Friday

Black Eye Friday

You have finally finished work for Christmas and its time to really start the celebrations.

£5 Christmas cocktails served between 4pm - 9pm

December 24th 2017 - 10.00AM - 8.00PM

Boys, boys, boys!

Get out of jail free card this Christmas Eve..

For £10 you will get a free pint and all of your Christmas presents (purchased on that day) wrapped and ready to go.

They will know!

December 26th 2017 - 10.00AM - 5.00PM

Boxing Day Brunch

Boxing Day Brunch

Enjoy a festive boxing day menu priced at £15pp to include a Bloody/Virgin Mary!

December 6th 2017 - 7.00PM - 11.30PM

Totally 80's Night - Force Charity Event

We are super excited to announce that The Academy of Music & Sounds are bring the 80's back to the City Gate.

On the 6th December, they will be hosting a Totally 80's Night for FORCE charity.

The tickets are priced at £5 per ticket, all profit from ticket sales, will go directly to FORCE charity.

Live music starts from 7pm and will continue until the Cellar Bar is closed at midnight!

A prize will be given to the totally coolest 80's fancy dress.

There will even be a photo booth to capture this special night.

FORCE has contributed more than £10 million to improving the quality of treatment and care available in Exeter for cancer patients and their loved ones.
They have funded £2 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment and anyone treated for cancer locally is likely to have benefitted from hardware purchased by FORCE.
They also continue to fund an extremely productive programme of cancer research in Exeter. The results have been published internationally and widely presented at conferences both at home and abroad.
And to provide vital training for cancer researchers of the future, we have set up research studentships at the University of Exeter Medical School.
It costs £1.4 million every year to maintain the services we provide, including everything on offer at our pioneering Support and Information Centre and an expanding outreach programme that’s dedicated to giving access to some of what is available in Exeter to the wider community of Devon.

Lets help raise funds for a great cause and have fun whilst we are doing it.

December 7th 2017 - 5.00PM - 10.00PM

Late Night Shoppers Warming

Late Night Shoppers
**Ever Thursday in December**
Enjoy a free warm mince pie with every mulled wine purchased

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