WELCOME TO EXETER
Exeter is fortunate to possess a remarkably rich heritage, spanning across hundreds of years – from the remains of Exeter’s establishment as the ancient Roman settlement of Isca, to its evolvement into a medieval city of commerce and the subsequent building of its magnificent cathedral, right through to the buzzing synergy of the present day.
A stone’s throw away lies the grandeur of the cathedral, and the city centre itself. Another hop and a skip away, Exeter’s quayside is a lovely place to take in the scenery – either in an adventurous way via a paddleboard, kayak or bike, or from one of the cafes, bars or restaurants after a slow perambulation by the water.
Southernhay, with its splendid examples of Georgian houses, has hosted city fairs for over 900 years. Each year since the ancient pageant of Lammas Fair starts off just a short walk along the road from 38 Southernhay East. The colourful procession features a man carrying a long pole with a ball of flowers and a stuffed glove at the top... Yes, strange, it has to be seen to be believed! But, there’s so much more within a few minutes walk – just take a look at the map above!
38 Southernhay East is less than a minute’s walk to Exeter’s historic City Wall, dating back to Roman times. You can find out more about Exeter’s 2000 years of history by downloading individual ‘self guided’ walking maps, With these in hand, they provide three colourful and entertaining walks, featuring interpretation panels along the way.
ROYAL ALBERT MEMORIAL MUSEUM
& ART GALLERY
The Royal Victoria & Albert Memorial is one of Exeter’s most popular visitor ‘attractions’, and it’s only about ten minutes walk from Southernhay East. With a vast collection of artifacts, artworks and information about local history it has something for all ages. And when you’ve digested all you can, there’s a wonderful gift shop and café where you can soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful iconic building.
SEE & DO
Whatever the season the city has a wealth of history and culture to discover on your doorstep. Nestled in beautiful Devon countryside, a short distance from the coast, Exeter's location also makes it the ideal city to use as a base to explore from.
Voted one of the UK's best places to eat out, Exeter has an eclectic mix of options when it comes to places to eat and drink. Sample excellent local produce in the city’s top restaurants and bistros, or catch up over a coffee at one of Exeter’s independent café’s and teashops.
The boutiques, independent shops and big-name stores that make up Exeter’s excellent shopping experience are all convenient enough to explore on foot. Discover antiques, arts and crafts, gift shops and clothes shopping galore, within spacious traffic-free shopping areas.
Exeter's great transport links allow you to explore the coast and countryside with ease. Discover the beautiful destinations surrounding the city on walking trails, bicycle routes and waterways, from rugged Dartmoor to the beauty of the Devon coastline.