The beautiful and historic city of Exeter displays over 2,000 years of history in its fascinating heritage attractions. Take in the splendour of St Peter's Cathedral in the heart of the city, which features two massive Norman towers. After soaking up the relaxing atmosphere and admiring some of the finest medieval sculptures in England visit the Historic Quayside, a ten-minute walk from the cathedral.
Whilst at the Historic Quayside visit the Quay House Visitor Centre - watch a short film describing Exeter's 2000 year history in just 15 minutes! Whatever floats your boat - rafting, hiring a pedalo, canoeing, cycling or walking, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the natural beauty of England's oldest pound lock canal. Downstream, the historic port of Topsham is particularly popular for birdwatchers. Join an Exe Estuary winter bird-watching cruise and see spectacular wildlife in the company of experts. With up to 25,000 wildfowl and wading birds flocking to the estuary in winter, even the most avid birdwatcher cannot fail to be disappointed.
Discover more about Exeter’s history on a free guided walking tour with the city’s popular Red Coat Guides. Tours run daily throughout the year (except 25 & 26 December), with a variety of themed tours to choose from. Tours meet outside the ABode Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Yard, or outside the Quay House Visitor Centre. There is no need to book – just turn up!
Explore beneath the city’s streets on a guided tour of Exeter’s Underground Passages - dark, narrow passages built in medieval times to bring fresh water into the city. Experience Tudor life in the heart of the city at St Nicholas Priory, the 900 year old guest wing of a former Benedictine Priory, presented as the home of a wealthy Tudor family
After a century and half of service, the much-loved Royal Albert Memorial Museum is currently being refurbished to allow it to grow and develop to meet 21st century needs, due to reopen in early 2012. The Museum continues to stage exhibitions and events at venues throughout Exeter and the county.
There is always something happening in Exeter. A year-round programme of events and festivals cater for all interests, ages and budgets. From animation, music, dance and comedy festivals, to Heritage Open Days, dragon boat racing and the annual Festival of South West Food & Drink, no matter how many times you visit, there is always something new to see and do.
Exeter's thriving arts scene is reflected in its many galleries, including the Spacex Gallery and Exeter Phoenix. The city also proudly displays a unique collection of public art including murals, painted tiles, statues, mosaics, ornate windows and contemporary seating.
If shopping is your passion, there are 700 shops to choose from, of which over 350 are independent stores. Browse for antiques and crafts on Exeter's historic Quayside, stock up on local delicacies at the weekly farmers market or pick up some local art at one of the city's many galleries. The city is divided into unique shopping quarters catering for every shopping taste, from high fashion in the contemporary Princesshay quarter, to designer boutiques, arts, crafts and independent jewellers in the West and Castle Quarters.
A stroll around the city will reveal dozens of restaurants, many award winning, serving something to suit all tastes and budgets. Exeter provides a dining experience to rival the best in Europe, with fresh, locally produced food prepared with flair and imagination. Enjoy delicious expertly prepared local food, sample regional ales or treat yourself to a traditional Devon cream tea - the choice is yours.
Exeter is easily accessible by air, road and rail, and once here the city makes a great base from which to explore the rest of the Heart of Devon including the Jurassic Coast, the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor and numerous historic properties and gardens. With two major mainline stations at Exeter Central and Exeter St David's and an excellent bus station, many of the region's attractions can be reached by public transport, making a short break even more relaxing.
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