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Things to Do in Exeter

Being one of the region’s two cities, there is always something to do when in Exeter. All the main city attractions are within close walking distance and as the city centre is split into four distinct quarters, you’ll find it easy to navigate to each event and venue.

So much to see and do

As a student city, Exeter has a whole host of events and activities taking place all year around. You’ll find an abundance of live music, theatre performances and touring entertainment as well as an abundance of premier attractions which welcome tourists in their droves. In comparison to most other cities, Exeter’s compact size makes it great for those who want to pack a lot into their city break.

Exeter Cathedral is one of the region’s must-visit attractions, and the surrounding gardens are perfect for taking a little rest or dining alfresco. If you want to know more about the city, the free tour hosted by Red Coat Guides which starts at the front of the cathedral is a daily occurrence and is highly recommended. Another top attraction is the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery which has stunning permanent displays as well as touring exhibitions meaning that there is something differing to discover every time you visit. For something a little different, make sure to explore beneath the city by taking a tour of the Underground Passages, a network of tunnels which run underneath the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The tours are guided and it is the only attraction of their type in the UK making it a truly unique experience. For those of you who are fans of historic buildings and impressive architecture, Powderham Castle is within the Exeter region and regularly hosts events as well as being a tourist attraction in its own right.

The historic quayside is one of the most interesting areas of the city and has a fascinating history. The whole area of the quayside has beautiful architecture as well as hosting regular events and with the number of pubs and eateries in the area, you’ll always have somewhere to go. It is also a haven for activities, with cycling, walking, boat trips, watersports and climbing on offer. If having you’re enthusiastic about being active during your visit, in the suburbs of the city you’ll find botanical gardens at Bicton Park which are perfect for having a wonder around and on a nice day is great for whiling away the hours people watching and enjoying the great outdoors.

Food, drink, live music, shopping and more...

Though we’re sure you’ll never run out of things to do in Exeter, if you find yourself at a loose end, the compact nature of the city makes it a great destination for shoppers. With big high street names and independent stores interspersed with great eateries, bars and cafes all within an easy walking distance from each other, you’ll find lots to exercise your wallet.

On the outskirts of the city, you’ll find Crealy, one of the largest theme parks in the south west. Crealy is an ideal destination for families as it has a wide range of rides and activities suitable for all ages, as well as an indoor play area making it a great all weather attraction. Similarly, Haldon Forest is near Exeter and offers the chance to take part in a whole host of activities. You can easily spend all day there.

Whatever the weather, you won’t be short of things to do while in Exeter.