Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery has something to offer for all the family, having been recently reopened to the public after a multi-million pound refurbishment with the galleries, facilities and services expected of a truly modern museum. As a result the Museum is proud to have been awarded the national title of "Museum of the Year" (Art Fund Prize 2012).
Watch Premiership level Rugby at Exeter's Sandy Park, with the Exeter Chiefs. The Exeter Chiefs are committed to providing supporters with a complete match day experience starting when the gates open. The Chiefs have invested heavily in state of the art technology to add to the match day experience and each internal bar area will be provided with large drop-down screens to view previous Chiefs matches, Sky matches and internationals. Match fixtures can be found on the website below.
The Quay Climbing Centre is the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall. The centre makes use of the huge atrium space built into one of Exeter’s largest and iconic industrial buildings – formerly the city’s electricity works. Within the arena there are 85 hangers each with up to 3 lines of climbing making for well over 200 routes to try at any time. There’s a 14.5 metre lead wall, top roped walls from 7 to 11 metres, 5 auto belays for solo climbers and a dedicated novice zone as well as two boulder caves and training room. The Workshop Café offers a daily menu of home cooked food.
Great fun for all the family, Tenpin is the largest chain of bowling centres in the UK, with fully computerised lanes, ramps and bumpers - even the youngest children can play. Facilities include 22 bowling lanes, 3 American pool tables, Take 10 diner bar, Cosmic Bowling, amusements and a fully licensed bar.
Discover Exeter's rich and varied history on one of these exciting self guided heritage trails. The trails bring particular themes of the city's past to life on a series of colorful and informative information panels, including The City Wall Trail, The Exeter Woolen Trail, Exeter Ship Canal, and The Medieval Trail
Set in a stunning location overlooking beautiful Devon countryside, Exeter Racecourse prides itself on being one of the UK’s most progressive tracks, with excellent facilities and transport links to match competitive racing throughout the National Hunt Season. Whether you’re a seasoned or first-time racegoer, you’re guaranteed a great day out and a warm welcome at Exeter Racecourse, with corporate-friendly weekday meetings, holiday fixtures to suit the family and the popular Ladies Evening in May with a live band playing after racing. To complement the excitement of a day’s racing, the racecourse offers a range of superb hospitality packages, restaurant and bar facilities.
The Guildhall has served as the centrepiece of Exeter's civic life for more than 800 years. A structure of outstanding architectural interest, it is not merely an ancient monument but remains a busy working building - still in regular use for a variety of civic functions and full meetings of the City Council.
Exeter Castle, known as Rougemont Castle locally due to the red rock of the hill on which it stands, was constructed in the late 11th Century for William the Conqueror. The medieval parts of the castle are best viewed from the outside as the interior buildings date from a much later period, when the castle became home to the Devon Assize Hall and Sessions House.
Stunningly beautiful, the Jurassic Coast reveals the Earth’s story in unique geology stretching back over 250 million years. Beginning at Exmouth’s futuristic five metre high "geo-needle" at Orcombe Point, the startling rich red and burnt orange Triassic rock of Exmouth’s cliffs were formed in scorching desert conditions millions of years ago.
With 22 miles of coastline and 24 beaches, the Riviera is one resort split into 3 distinct holiday destinations all easily reached from Exeter. Torquay is a popular seaside town with a lively harbour offering plenty of bars and restaurants, together with a selection of fun attractions for all ages. The town is also famous for its Agatha Christie connections and one particular hotel which was to become the inspiration for the hit TV comedy, Faulty Towers (Now a boutique hotel called the Gleneagles). Paignton boasts some fantastic beaches, while Brixham is one of Britain’s most picturesque harbours surrounded by brightly painted cottages set along narrow, winding streets.
Many villages lay claim to being ‘picturesque’, but the village of Cockington is the real deal. Take a walk back in time along Cockington’s narrow lanes, lined with thatched houses and you’ll experience a quiet charm that is quintessentially English. Everything about Cockington oozes with history – there’s a water mill, a forge and even the cricket pitch was once a medieval deer park. It seems like a little, cute and human Hobbiton! At the heart of the village is Cockington Court, a manor house with roots in medieval times, surrounded by hundreds of acres of gorgeous country park. Today, Cockington Court is a hub for art and crafts and in the brand new contemporary craft centre you’ll find a canoe maker and a chocolate maker, and you can watch glassblowers and blacksmiths in action. Cockington Court has a full programme of events including open-air theatre, Cockington Fayre, Cockington Apple Day and the ever-popular Cockington Christmas Fayre as well as regular art and craft exhibitions. Check their events calendar before your visit.
Burgh Island, situated directly opposite Bigbury on Sea, is steeped in history and legend, being a one-time haunt of pirates and smugglers, and a hideaway for the rich and famous. Burgh Island is connected to the mainland by a lovely sandy beach. This beach is covered daily at high tide. Visitors can still reach the Burgh Island shore by way of a ride on the famous “beach tractor”.
These are two halves of a 3 mile sand and shingle bar stretching between Strete in the north and Torcross in the south. At the Torcross end, the bar divides the sea from Slapton Ley - a freshwater lake and Nature Reserve. All of this area of coast is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The beaches are close to the villages of Slapton and Torcross with pubs, cafes, and small shops on hand. Watersports equipment can be hired locally.
In essence, a fresh, fabulous foodie adventure through the deliciously diverse cultures and cuisines of South America. At Las Iguanas, everything begins and ends with their passion for food. Only the freshest, highest quality ingredients from the most carefully sourced suppliers are used to create delicious Latin American specialities.
Recently opened in Princesshay shopping centre, YO! Sushi brings its unique Japanese dining experience to Exeter, offering an exciting array of over 90 dishes. Inside the stylishly decorated surroundings, you can choose to sit at comfy booth seats or on stools arranged around the “kaiten” conveyor belt where you can watch the expertly trained ‘kitchen ninjas’ slice, dice, wrap and roll the freshest ingredients in front of your very eyes.
Located at the Queens Court Hotel in a quiet leafy square, half way between Exeter Cathedral and Exeter University campus, the stylish Olive Tree Restaurant is only a short walk from the city centre. The modern English menu uses fresh seasonal Devon produce and is regularly changed. Private parties, conferences and weddings of up to 75 can be held in the air-conditioned Redvers Suite.
Fine Dining Restaurant, GlassHouse and Accommodation set in the heart of Topsham, close to Exeter in Devon. The restaurant at The Salutation Inn offers a choice of three tasting menus, using some of the finest ingredients from such businesses as Greendale Farm, Celtic Sea Fare, Ritters, Richards and Country Cheeses.
A well travelled and rosy cheeked rugby aficionado running one of Devon’s most exciting freehouses – irresistible! Both restaurant and pub, the Jack oozes honesty, panache and that rare four letter word – CARE. Hungry diners travel from far and wide for a very warm welcome and interior free of modern day standardisation. Seasonality comes through in every dish. Ruby Red beef, Berkshire pigs from Talaton and Pole Dorset lamb from Whimple - all get the star treatment.
With a manifesto like 'love, eat, live', it’s hard not to be happy at Giraffe. You’ll enjoy world cuisines with an unusual twist, like banana and blueberry pancakes and their much-loved firecracker chicken with mushrooms, greens, pineapple, chilli sambal and noodles. Voted Best Family Restaurant at the Restaurant magazine's R150 awards in November 2009.
The Huntsman Inn, built in 1564, is an ancient, Grade 2 Listed, thatched Pub with bags of character, situated in the heart of Ide village on the outskirts of Exeter Devon. Owner Mark Cooper has striven to produce an award-winning restaurant, with his talented chef Adam Lewis. The food you will feast on here will be a step above the normal pub grub menu. Ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible from the country’s tastiest food basket, the South West of England.
Cosy Club Exeter takes the meaning of the word ‘quirky’ to a different level; the bar is inspired by an operating table and is illuminated with surgical lighting whilst the walls are adorned with oil paintings, taxidermy, anatomical charts, and Eastern Bloc propaganda. Added to which is the usual eclectic mix of reclaimed furniture, opulent Victorian lampshades and original 1960’s Concorde hangar lights and there you have it. The building is split down the middle with the bar to your left as you enter and the restaurant filling the right hand side of the building. There’s also a terrace cantilevered off the back of the building where you’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine during the summer months.
The Real Food Store café is a popular venue with a friendly atmosphere, good service and great food. Their aim is to serve tasty, simple & exciting seasonal food. Talented and creative cooks rustle up superb daily specials & make the most of their ingredients, all from the store downstairs. The aim is to provide you with meals that are tasty, rustic and enjoyable - connecting you to high quality local produce that is in season.
Locally owned and locally loved, Coffee#1 is the neighbourhood coffee house of choice. You’ll find heavenly, handcrafted coffees made with passion and skill, ethically sourced beans, organic milk and locally sourced food. With a vibrant yet soothing ambience, it’s a wonderful place to while away the time.
The traditional ritual of making and drinking tea is celebrated in this very special tea house in the heart of old Exeter opposite the cathedral. Tea on the Green offers a unique range of loose leaf teas, including green, black and semi-fermented teas from around the world, and the amazing flower burst teas, which open as a full flower in the base of the cup.
Topsham’s only licensed café bar is a great place to drop into when you are feeling hungry. Come to Route 2 to breakfast, mid-morning tea and coffee, light lunches, delicious homebaked foods, and nibbles or snacks with an excellent pint of local ale or glass of wine. You can drop in for a drink and a nibble, for lunch or a light evening meal.
RAMM Café offers tasty, natural food and drink which is local, seasonal, organic or fair-trade. Their creative bakery-centred menus are designed to deliver rustic authenticity, balanced nutrition and a fresh taste in both hearty and light bite meals and snacks. These are coupled with organic soft drinks and juices from Devon and outstanding coffee from Hawkins Coffee, one of a small number of companies roasting their beans in Devon.
Large selection of freshly prepared hot and cold food together with mouth-watering homemade desserts is on offer throughout the day, as well as fresh fruit, salads and snacks. Delicious homemade soups served with chunky, freshly baked bread is a popular choice for a light lunch or alternatively there is a hot potato oven serving perfectly cooked jacket potatoes with crispy skins and a variety of toppings. Sandwiches, baguettes and Panini's are made to order from an extensive choice of fillings. The food is complemented with an extensive range of ethical coffee, delicious hot chocolate and speciality teas.
Cosy Club Exeter takes the meaning of the word ‘quirky’ to a different level; the bar is inspired by an operating table and is illuminated with surgical lighting whilst the walls are adorned with oil paintings, taxidermy, anatomical charts, and Eastern Bloc propaganda. Added to which is the usual eclectic mix of reclaimed furniture, opulent Victorian lampshades and original 1960’s Concorde hangar lights and there you have it. The building is split down the middle with the bar to your left as you enter and the restaurant filling the right hand side of the building. There’s also a terrace cantilevered off the back of the building where you’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine during the summer months
Venture down the cobbled Gandy Street and unwind in this unique public house, full of character and offering a warm welcome. Enjoy a wide selection of local real ales, lagers and wines and a stylish cocktail bar. John Gandys boasts Exeter’s best weekend party bar and for those looking for an alternative to the ‘clubs’ – a team of mixologists, late night openings on Friday and Saturday and great music create a place to come and have fun, 7 nights a week.
Exeter's newest, most intimate underground theatre. It aims to provide a rolling programme of productions from both local and national touring companies. Comedy nights are also held during the month, along with music events on Friday and Saturday nights at 10pm. The bar and Plant cafe are open for drinks and food from 5pm daily. Watch Chris Lacey - the UK Maker's Mark cocktail championship winner and global runner-up in action.
A hidden gem in the heart of Exeter's Southernhay area, a stone's throw from both Cathedral Yard and Princesshay, Rendezvous Wine Bar boasts interesting wines from around the world and delicious lunch and evening menus that change daily, focusing on west-country produce, fresh seafood and high quality meat from local suppliers.
Only a stone's throw away around the corner from the hustle and bustle of Exeter High Street, the independent, relaxed and friendly gastro bar will be sure to please. The stylish and eclectic mix of old and new decor will soon have you feeling quite special. Enjoy drinks in The SpeakEasy cocktail lounge upstairs, a little oasis of indulgence where they take pride in creating a range of contemporary and classic cocktails to suit your personal tastes.
Friendly village pub with a great atmosphere. Locally sourced food at reasonable prices is available lunchtime and evenings (Sunday lunchtime only). Always 4 real ales are on offer and a wide range of wine. Quiz and Bingo nights take place, and the pub is within walking distance of Exeter Chiefs and Westpoint Exhibition Centre. There are 3 en-suite B&B rooms available.
Many consider Gandy Street to be one of the most charming and interesting streets in Exeter. Just off the High Street, it is lined with bijou gift shops such as Kintamani and Moko, independent jewellers selling hand made jewellery, such as Silver Lion, and a selection of intimate wine bars and restaurants, including Hatts and John Gandy's.
The Quayside has been enhanced to provide a fascinating mix of historic and contemporary design. It is the ideal place to browse antique shops, walk and cycle, take a relaxing boat trip or find something good to eat. Just 10 minutes walk from the city centre are small local shops sited in historic cellars and bonded warehouse, such as Eclectique and Goodwood Cellars. Sited around the River Exe there's a mix of antiques and crafts shops, such as Quayside Crafts & Gifts and the Warehouse Gallery. You can hire bicycles and canoes from Saddles & Paddles to explore the River Exe and canal, or simply relax at one of the al fresco restaurants and cafes with waterside views. Take the foot ferry or footbridge across to Piazza Terracina for watersports equipment at AS Watersports, or visit one of the mediterranean style cafes and restaurants, such as Bar Venezia, the Waterfront or The Prospect. For great live music head to the Revelry.
Fore Street in the West Quarter is a rare find, not only for its architecture, but for its unusual shops and arcades. The McCoy's Arcade is home to vintage and retro clothing shop The Real McCoy and Manson's Guitars, while the City Arcade has some interesting shops such as Reform Records, which plays an integral part in the South West dance music scene.
Situated just outside the historic estuary town of Topsham, nationally recognised Darts Farm offers a truly special shopping experience. The farm shop is a food lover’s haven with home grown mud-caked vegetables, artisan cheeses, organic bread, local wines, sauces, preserves, cakes, cordials, biscuits and more. The on-site master butcher, fishmonger and cider maker are all experts in their field and provide only the best local produce. Darts is also home to a selection of hand picked high quality retailers such as Orange Tree, Fired Earth, The Aga Shop, RSPB, Cotswold Outdoor, a florist, beauty therapist and Pilates studio, as well as their own restaurant, gift, garden, children’s clothes and toy departments.
The Harlequins Shopping Centre is in the centre of Exeter, linked to the Guildhall Shopping Centre which then takes you to the High Street. Most of the shops and restaurants are independent businesses, committed to giving a high level of customer service and bringing extra variety to the shopping and eating in Exeter. The Harlequin Shopping Centre offers a wide variety of specialist shops which includes furnishings & interiors, cooking equipment, beauty, hairdressing & nail salons, party and greeting cards, fashion and accessories, watches and electronics. In addition there are restaurants and cafés offering a range of meals and drinks throughout the day.
Citizens of the European Union member-states, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) only require a valid passport to enter the UK. Residents of a further 10 countries do not require entry visas for stays under 6 months: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Nationals of some further countries do not require a visa, but need to hold an entry certificate. Use the UK Government website to check for specific requirements: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
Much like the rest of the United Kingdom, Exeter does often get bouts of rainfall, but these are normally not too disruptive to tourists' visits. The best time to plan your trip for is the summer, June through August, when the weather is at its warmest and most pleasant. On the contrary, the months of December through February are known to be some of the rainiest.
Exeter Airport is located at Clyst Honiton in the District of East Devon, five miles from Exeter city centre and five minutes from the M5 motorway. The bus connecting the airport and the city centre is called Stagecoach. The quickest route by bus to and from the city centre bus station is to take the 56 (56A 56B), which operate 6 days a week (Limited route on Sundays and Bank Holidays). The journey time is approximately 25 minutes. www.stagecoachbus.com The airport’s only authorised taxi company, Apple Central Taxis, operates from the taxi stand outside the Arrivals building. You can pre-book by telephone or in person at the Taxi Desk. (Arrival building) +44 1392 66 66 66, www.appletaxisexeter.co.uk There are some approved car hire operators at the airport such as Hertz, Budget and Europcar.
There is a good local bus service in and around Exeter and Devon from the city’s Paris Street Bus Station. Explorer tickets offer 1 day’s unlimited travel on the Stagecoach network. +44 1392 427 711 The city is served by two railway stations – Central Station in the heart of the city provides a predominantly local service around Devon and the South West, and to London Waterloo, while Exeter St David’s (ten minutes walk from the centre) connects with all the major towns and cities across the UK. +44 8457 484 950 www.nationalrail.co.uk
All taxis are regular saloon cars fitted with fare meters and have yellow licence plates fixed to the rear of the vehicle. Taxis can be hailed in the street or hired from taxi ranks, which are situated at sites around the city including train stations. Apple Taxis +44 1392 666 666 Exeter Eco-Cars +44 1392 259 880 Z Cars Taxis +44 1392 422 888