Exeter Activities & Things To Do
Exeter is a beautiful and historic city in the heart of Devon. The world famous Exeter University features largely in the landscape and culture of the city.
There is the Castle Quarter. Exeter (or Rougemont) Castle as it used to be known was built in 1068, its gatehouse is the oldest castle building in Britain which still stands. The Cathedral is one of the UK’s finest examples of gothic architecture. At lunchtime on a sunny day expect to see the cathedral yard teeming with office workers. The 12th century Guildhall has been at the heart of Exeter’s civic life for over 800 years. The history of the city brushes alongside the most modern and chic shopping centres to which people travel from all over the country.
There are even two stunning beaches only 10 miles away from Exeter in Dawlish and Exmouth.
Exeter has excellent train links to the rest of the country with London being just 2hrs 30mins away and Bristol around an hour. The city is served by the M5 motorway. Exeter International Airport is but 15 minutes outside of town for access to the rest of the UK and Europe. Of course from Exeter itself you are just a short journey to all the delights of Devon and even the sites of Cornwall.
The Exeter Festival of Southwest Food and Drink ( www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk )takes place in April, featuring the very best in local cuisine and promoted by Michael Caines. There are three nights of live music, local food and the finest examples of locally produced crafts beers – and of course cider. There is the Exeter Festival of Winter Ales should you find yourself in the city in January.
Exeter is a fun city both day and night. Situated on the River Exe, watersports are therefore top notch. There is even a shop “Saddles and Paddles” which hires bicycles or kayaks and pubs which you can kayak to and enter via a jetty. Or why not take a boat cruise along Exeter’s historic canal, the oldest in Britain.
There is the Quay climbing centre and even a dry ski slope. Exeter is famous for the finest and most cosmopolitan food in Devon; naturally the seafood is particularly good and there is even a restaurant by two-Michelin star chef, Michael Caines. Of course, no trip to Devon would be complete without a cream tea and this website will make sure you sample the best of the best: www.heartofdevon.com
Don’t forget – you’re in Devon now, so put the cream on first and then the jam!!
For the more adventurous there is the Go Ape centre, situated in Haldon Forest Park looking over Dartmoor National Park. You can experience a 2-3 hour tree-top adventure featuring zip wires for a thrill! There is also a top-rated paintball arena at Adrenalin Games.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery houses many splendid collections from natural history, archaeology and zoology and was even voted Museum of the Year in 2012
The students have an array of cheap and cheerful night life in Exeter and you may do well to avoid Fresher’s Week when they can get up to all kinds of high jinks!
For those not so keen on a pub crawl there are two theatres and there is a thriving live music scene in Exeter. You may enjoy a visit to the Cavern Club which has enjoyed great success since 1988. Thom Yorke, of Radiohead, even performed there, he also DJ’ed at the Lemon Grove during his time as a student at Exeter University.