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About Exeter

As Devon’s capital city, Exeter enjoys a rich cultural history which is reflected in its Roman wall, historic quayside, medieval underground passages, and Gothic cathedral. Book a hotel in Exeter to discover the city’s rich past and to enjoy its modern flavours: Exeter also boasts a vibrant arts scene, with music venues, museums and art galleries galore. Located close to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and with the stunning South Devon countryside on its doorstep, Exeter is also the perfect place from which to explore some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside.

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What to see in Exeter

Britain’s only medieval underground passages are located in Exeter. These passages were once used to pipe water into the city, and a tour includes interactive exhibits and fascinating stories. A trip to Exeter’s historic quayside is a must: hire bikes or canoes to explore further afield or enjoy the many restaurants, bars and boutiques that surround the water. Exeter boats some fantastic music venues. From the Exeter Phoenix to the Corn Exchange, the city plays host to top acts from the UK and around the world. But if ancient history is your bag, visit the cathedral. Dating back to medieval times, the Anglican cathedral is an imposing Gothic structure that welcomes pilgrims and visitors alike.

Exeter also makes the perfect base for exploring the rest of Devon. Visit Haldon Forest for hiking, cycling, and horse riding. The kids will love Go Ape: a high ropes course that swings between the trees. Just down the road is the historic estuary port of Topsham. Walk the Goat Walk next to the Exe Estuary or take a wildlife cruise to Exmouth’s beaches. Follow the estuary to Exmouth and you’ll find the stunning Jurassic Coast. Here you can discover a history that spans over 250 million years and search for fossils on the beach.

Where to stay in Exeter

Book your Exeter hotel in the town centre to enjoy the best this modern city has to offer. You’ll have easy access to the cathedral and to the Princesshay shopping centre which boasts more than 70 shops. And don’t miss a trip to the Magdalen Road with its vast choice of bars and restaurants. For easy access to the quayside, opt for a hotel in Haven Banks. Here you can enjoy a wealth of leisure activities, from pavement cafes to boats on the river.

For fresh air and sweeping vistas, stay in Pennsylvania, or enjoy one of the pretty outlying villages, from Lympstone to Whipton. Book your hotel close to the River Exe to enjoy nature trails across quiet lanes, open moorland and densely wooded areas. From here you can also book boat trips and you’ll find an array of eateries with fabulous views of the river.