The ancient city of Exeter in Southwest England is the capital city of Devon. It is a destination steeped in history and romance, with plenty to see and do. With award winning restaurants and great places to stay this is the ideal choice for a short break, or the starting point for setting out to explore the beautiful County of Devon. Its sheltered location on the River Eske means Exeter enjoys mild winters and warm summers, so is a fabulous place to visit at any time of the year.
Exeter has been welcoming visitors for centuries and successfully combines the convenience of a modern city with its rich heritage and cultural traditions. In the centre of the city, the Cathedral stands as one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in England, and is quite simply stunning. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Gardens documents the history of the area as well as celebrating world cultures and natural history with its fascinating and varied collections.
To delve even deeper into the City’s history, a tour of Exeter’s unique underground passages is a fascinating and exhilarating experience as visitors explore deep below the pavements of the town centre, following the line of medieval pipes, once used to bring clean drinking water into the town centre.
Exeter is a popular destination for shoppers and the Cathedral Quarter provides the backdrop for some of the best in retail therapy, dining and relaxing. Browse for gifts and souvenirs in the little independent shops and boutiques selling everything from homemade chocolates to jewellery and and ceramics, or pause for refreshment and enjoy street entertainment at the cosy tea rooms and smart pavement cafes. Princesshay is a modern shopping precinct near the station and five minutes walk from the centre of town and the pedestrianised High Street shopping area. There are over 70 well known high street stores located here including John Lewis and Debenhams.
Part of the charm of Exeter is its wealth of historic architecture, and many of its most interesting buildings now house fabulous restaurants serving the finest in locally sourced seafood and farm fresh produce. The Conservatory is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Exeter, and the Jack in the Green Inn has been voted one of the top gastropubs in England, The Waterfront is housed in a 19th Century Wool Warehouse with an outdoor dining area, and serves up a range of international dishes including freshly fired pizzas and burgers.
Deciding where to stay in Exeter should not be a problem as the city offers everything from high end luxury hotels to small and friendly bed and breakfasts and guesthouses. Further away from the town centre, well equipped modern campsites and caravan parks are ideal for family breaks, and for getting out and about to explore Dartmoor and the North and South Devon beaches.
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