Ancient city Exeter sits on the beautiful River Exe in Devon, one of the UK’s most picturesque counties. It is cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet rich in fascinating historic features. It’s an also ideal location for a variety of events, hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world each year.
The city itself dates back to the Roman era – and features from their rule are still present today, including the city walls at its centre. Other historic landmarks include the gothic Exeter Cathedral and Exeter Castle which is thought to have been built in Norman times. The viewpoint overlooks the lush, leafy Northernhay and Rougemount Gardens, filled with pretty statues and bright flowers come spring and summer time.
If you fancy some fresh air you can take a row boat or tour down the ancient River Exe – or head away from the city into the surrounding countryside. Nearby the breath-taking Jurassic Coast and Dartmoor National Park provide plenty of opportunities for nature lovers and ramblers. Crealy Adventure Park is great for families – featuring an indoor animal kingdom, play area, live shows and rides.
For keen shoppers the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Princesshay Shopping Centre and Quayside all offer a variety of upmarket boutiques and high street brands accompanied by coffee shops and restaurants. Queen Street and The Old Fire House offer classy dining options – the perfect way to sample local cuisine and fresh seafood hailing from the nearby coast. Throughout the city famous Devon cream teas are available – but don’t forget it’s clotted cream first, jam second! Exeter Street Food Market also offers a more rustic foodie experience with flavours from around the world to sample.
The city can easily be accessed via road and rail. It is an hour and a half from Bristol, where Bristol Airport connects it with the rest of the world.