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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

Travelling by public transport:
Our nearest train station is Exeter Central just a 3-5 minute walk down hill or if you are travelling into Exeter St David’s, we are just 15 minutes walk away.

We are a 15 minute direct walk to the bus station, please use bus 56 if you are travelling from the airport.

If you don’t plan on walking from your public transport link, we recommend Apple Taxi who can be contacted on 01392 666666.

Travelling by car:
Unfortunately we do not have on site car parking however we recommend the following car parks and their tariffs can be found online. Both car parks have an internal bay which is secured overnight from 11pm.
Mary Arches Car Park – 14 Mary Arches St, Exeter EX4 3AZ
Harlequins Car Park – Paul St, Exeter EX4 3TT

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-Friday 07:00 - 21:30
Saturday 08:00 - 21:30
Sunday 08:00 - 21:00

September 11th 2019 - 11.00AM - 7.00PM

Christmas Showcase

Join Jade our Christmas Party Planner to book your perfect Christmas Party with us!

We don't just do Turkey at the City Gate, we do CHRISTMAS!!

Discuss the menus, taste the wine, enjoy a glass of bubbly and a festive treat!

Exclusive VIP treat for bookings made at the showcase!


September 19th 2019 - 11.00AM - 11.00PM

Young's 188th Birthday!!


Young’s & Co. Brewery was established in 1831 by Charles Allen Young and Anthony Fothergill Bainbridge and we’re proud to have been your local ever since. We were the first innovators of home-brewed pale ale and renowned for our fleet of black Shire horses, making deliveries from the iconic Ram brewery to our public houses.

Celebrate Young’s Day with us on Thursday September 19th, we’ll be celebrating our 188th birthday, and we’d love for you to celebrate with us.To get you into the spirit, we’re offering a free pint of Young’s Original (Yes it has been renamed! Formerly known as Young's Bitter).

Make sure you download the On Tap to claim your free beer and say cheers to another 188 years ahead.

September 19th 2019 - 7.00PM - 10.00PM

City Gate Quiz - £50 Drinks Voucher

Test your knowledge and build a great winning team.

Top Prize - £50 drinks voucher!!

We are looking forward to seeing you all again! As always, free entry!

Maximum teams of 6, call 01392 495811 to book your table or book a table on our website.

September 22nd 2019 - 11.00AM - 3.00PM


Watch England take on Tonga in the first England game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. With the best atmosphere in town, join your friends at The City Gate to cheer on your teams. Contact us about booking a table today.

September 26th 2019 - 11.00AM - 3.00PM


Watch England take on The USA in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. With the best atmosphere in town, join your friends at The City Gate to cheer on your teams. Contact us about booking a table today.

September 27th 2019 - 8.30PM - 10.30PM

Live Music

We are bringing live music back to the City Gate!

This month we will have the pleasure of introducing Point Blank!

Point Blank are a 4 piece rock covers band, formed in 2014 they are very well known and loved in Devon.

Covers including:

Free Entry All Night

20:30 start!

Please be advised that Young’s only sells tickets for events through our official partner DesignMyNight, using their online event ticketing software Tonic – any tickets presented from other event ticketing providers will not be accepted.

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