Why we love Exeter

I have spent quite a bit of time in Exeter and always jump at the opportunity of a visit – living in Cornwall does mean we are somewhat limited for city life – Truro is lovely, don’t get me wrong but sometimes a girl needs more than M & S can offer! A compact city just off the M5 in mid Devon, it is very easy to get to and navigate around, even I can cope with driving into the centre…

With medieval buildings jostling for space with leading edge shopping centres, Exeter really is a fascinating place. We have just been discussing what we love about Exeter so here is our guide on what to do in this small friendly city.

A spot of retail therapy
Sorry but shopping has to come top of my list! The contemporary Princesshay centre sits just off the high street so it’s easy to navigate all the usual big names. For more a more exclusive experience head to the Cathedral Green area which is home to more independent shops and boutiques.

Exeter is also home to a fabulous Christmas market for a month every year so plan ahead for a festive shopping trip.

Dine in style
The city is home to some fantastic restaurants with something for every taste and budget. For fine dining book ahead for Michael Caines at Abode or Harry’s restaurant. There are lots of good casual eateries too such as Carluccio’s, Wagamama and if you haven’t tried a Hub Box burger then give it a go!

People watch
In summer, the Cathedral Green is a great place to stop – grab a table at one of the surrounding restaurants and cafes and watch the world go by. The beautiful 800 year old gothic Cathedral takes centre stage here – you will soon see why it is classified as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere!

Royal Albert Memorial Museum recently reopened to the public after a multi-million pound refurbishment. With free entry and a good café, it’s great for a morning’s entertainment. Exeter’s Underground Passages are also a must see: Built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter, you can now take a guided tour of these narrow, dark tunnels! Visit the heritage centre to book in – these are the only passages of this kind open to the public in Britain.

Go waterside
About 15 minutes’ walk from the centre, Exeter’s quayside has been re-vamped and provides a good mix of historic and contemporary design. Browse the antique shops then grab a coffee or bite to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants. You can also book boat trips or hire canoes! Officially now part of Exeter, Topsham is also worth a visit, a pretty town on the Exe estuary. Pop down for the Saturday morning market or to have a walk along the river.

A day at the races
A few miles out of the city, Exeter Racecourse prides itself as being one of the UK’s most progressive National Hunt tracks, with excellent facilities and transport links. The racecourse offers a range of superb hospitality packages, restaurant and bar facilities and makes for a really fun day out.


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