Steeped in over 2000 years of history, Exeter is a lively and thriving city with a majestic cathedral, many fine old buildings and a safe, welcoming atmosphere that makes it attractive to the visitor. A university city and Devon’s capital, Exeter is an active place to be throughout the year, with no shortage of live performance, exhibitions, and festivals taking place.
Despite being a relatively small city, Exeter has held a high level of importance over its long lifetime. The Romans, who named it Isca, used the city as their southwestern stronghold and surrounded it with a massive defensive wall, much of which is still standing today. After the Romans had departed, the city became a major ecclesiastical centre, and Devon’s most important building, Exeter Cathedral, stands testament to this today, 800 years after it was built. It is one of many ancient buildings in the city that have survived and that can be visited today.
For something rather different, a guided tour of the 14th century Underground Passages tells the story of how water was brought into the city, and for an in depth and fascinating insight into the city as a whole, a visit to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum is very worthwhile.
Down by the River Exe is the Exeter Historic Quayside, an area to either relax at by enjoying the craft shops and cafes, or to get active at by hiring a bicycle or kayak.
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The ancient city of Exeter is located in the county of Devon in the southwest England. Dating back 2000 years to the Roman era, Exeter is rich in history with its city walls still a prominant feature today. The magnificent Exeter Cathedral lies at the heart of the city, and with over 900 years of history, this imposing Anglican cathedral is one of the finest in England.
A great way to discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England is with Exeter’s Red Coat Guides. These are FREE guided walking tours which operate daily throughout the year and offer a wide range of tours from which to choose from.
For information on the easiest ways to travel around Devon the Travel Devon website is another great source of infomation.
Exeter by Car
Situated directly off the M5 motorway, choose the relevant M5 links from Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham and all points along the M4 corridor from London. For an alternative scenic route to Exeter from London and the South East take the M3/A303/A30.
Approximate Travel Times
London - 3h 30mins Birmingham 3h 15mins Manchester 4h 15mins
A Park and Ride service is also in operation and provides frequent services into the heart of Exeter.
Exeter by Bus
National Express operate coach services to Exeter from cities throughout the UK, and on arrival, Exeter Coach Station is ideally situated just a short walk from the shops, cafes and restaurants in the city centre.
There is also good local public transport which means the surrounding area is easy to explore, with many attractions located on popular bus routes.
Exeter by Train
Situated on the main line from most major cities, travelling to Exeter by train is a relaxing alternative if you want to leave the car behind. Exeter St Davids is the main train station, with trains running west to Cornwall, east to London, and north to cities like Birmingham and Manchester amongst others.
Exeter by Plane
Exeter International Airport is located five miles outside the city and operates daily international and internal flights.
Please visit Exeter International Airport website for all current information.
There is a regular bus service which runs to and from the airport to the city centre, and there are a number of car hire options available within the airport.