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Known for...   Exeter Castle and Exeter Cathedral


Did you know...

  • Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin was born in Exeter.
  • Exeter was unique in medieval Britain in that it had a man-made drinking water system that brought pure spring water into the city. There are passages still to be found under the high street that were excavated in the 14th century for this.
  • Parliament Street in the city centre is one of the narrowest streets in the World.



 

  Attractions

Exeter Underground Passages

Discover medieval passageways that stretch under the city's streets at this visitor attraction in the heart of the city centre.
Paris Street
Exeter
Devon
EX1 1GA

01392665887

 

Exeter Cathedral FREE

Famous cathedral. Tours available.
1 The Cloisters
Exeter
EX1 1HS

01392285970

 

Cricklepit Mill FREE

See a working historic water mill in action, buy some Cricklepit flour, walk around our wildlife garden.
Commercial Road
Exeter
EX2 4AB

01392279244

 

Butts Ferry

The "Oldest Pull Ferry" in the country. The pull ferry has been operating on the Quay since at least 1641.
Exeter Quay
EX2 4AN

Recommended by Joss Lewis, Taunton
“Great fun for adults and the children crossing the river in this little boat pulled by hand”

 

Rougemont Castle (Exeter Castle)

Exeter Castle Courtyard is open Monday to Friday throughout the year from 7am to 7pm.
Castle Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3PU

Recommended by Paul Simonez, New York
“I can highly recommend a private tour with Dudley Cole, the local guide whose knowledge and enthusiasm for the history of this remarkable castle are excellent”

 

St Nicholas Priory FREE

Brilliantly preserved 16th century attraction.
Mint Lane
Fore Street
EX4 3BL

Recommended by Paul Wiles, Tornby

 

Ballooning

Hot air balloon rides across Devon.
Southbrook House
Southbrook Lane
EX5 2PG

01404823102

 

Crealy Great Adventure Park

Fun packed theme park.
Sidmouth Road
Clyst St Mary
Exeter
EX5 1DR

01395233200

Recommended by Harvey Jones, Taunton

 

Killerton: Marker's Cottage

National Trust - Thatched medieval cob house with smoke-blackened timbers and painted wooden screen.
Townend
Exeter
EX5 3HS

 

Killerton: Clyston Mill

National Trust - Historic working watermill in idyllic riverside setting.
Broadclyst
Exeter
EX5 3EW

 

Killerton: Budlake Old Post Office

National Trust - Charming example of a 1950s Post Office Room with cottage garden.
Broadclyst
Exeter
EX5 3LW

 

Vineyard Tour And Tasting With Lunch For Two Special Offer

Enjoy 29% off with this incredible vineyard tour for two special offer.
Exeter
EX1 1AB

 

Killerton

National Trust - Spectacular hillside garden.
Devon
EX5 3LE

 

Go Ape! Haldon Forest

Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure.
Bullers Hill
Kenford
Exeter
EX6 7XR

 
 

  Children's Activities

Pyjama Drama

We are passionate about providing young children with drama classes that are fun and exciting and develop key social skills.
Exeter Pheonix, Gandy Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3LS

Recommended by Amanda Plumridge, Exeter
“Pyjama Drama are passionate about providing young children aged 2-7 years old with drama classes/workshops that are not only fun and exciting but which also develop key social skills such as confidence, concentration, co-operation and creative problem solving. Through our unique programme which combines the disciplines of drama, movement, music and play, we help children explore and make sense of, the world in which they live!”

 

Day At Diggerland For Two

A great day out for two at Diggerland, the unique theme park which is all about dumper trucks, mini diggers and giant diggers.
Exeter
EX1 1AB

 
 

  Museums

Bill Douglas Centre

Fascinating look at the history of cinema.
The Old Library
Exeter
EX4 4SB

Recommended by Tom Evans, Exeter

 

Royal Albert Memorial Museum And Art Gallery

Popular visitor attraction.
Castle Street
Exeter
EX4 3RX

01392665858‎

 
 

  Parks

St Thomas Pleasure Ground FREE

Today the park is home to a number of mature trees, a large play area, public toilets and a seasonal paddling pool.
Cowick Street
Exeter
EX4 1HS

 

Rougemont Gardens FREE

This garden incorporates major historic features - the Roman city wall and bank, and the bank and ditches of William the Conqueror.
Castle Street
Exeter
EX4 3PQ

 

Northernhay Gardens FREE

The site of Northernhay Gardens was quarried in Roman times for stone from which to build the adjacent city walls.
Northernhay Place
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3QE

 

Bull Meadow Park FREE

The park features picnic areas, 5-a-side goals, a large play area and a number of mature trees, bat boxes and a wild flower meadow.
Magdalen Street
St Leonard's
Exeter
EX2 4HQ

 

Belle Isle Park FREE

Opened in 1992, Belle Isle is Exeter's newest park. With a view of Allotments and a placid River Exe, the park is a favourite.
Trew's Weir Reach
Exeter
EX2 4EG

 

Belmont Park FREE

One of Exeter's most popular parks, Belmont Park was first opened to the public in 1886 as a play area for the local children.
Belmont Road
Exeter
EX1 2HF

 

Pinces Gardens FREE

By late Victorian times, the gardens were regarded as one of Exeter's finest sights, drawing visitors from far afield.
St Thomas
Exeter
EX2 9DT

 

Bury Meadow Park FREE

Bury Meadow's distinctive central avenue of trees, play area and open greens serve a diverse community of local families.
New North Road
Exeter
EX4 4HH

 

Southernhay Gardens FREE

As a public garden, Southernhay Gardens are one of the most recent additions. However, they have an interesting earlier history.
Southernhay East and West
Exeter
EX1 1QL

 

Topsham Recreation Ground FREE

The Recreation Ground is a large open space along the northern bank of the River Exe at Topsham.
Ferry Road
Topsham
EX3 0JW

 

Heavitree Pleasure Ground FREE

Facilities for picnicking, skateboarding, basketball, BMX, tennis, bowls and play, make the pleasure ground a favourite day out.
Whipton Lane
Exeter
EX1 3DS

 
 

  Bowling

Ten Pin

Ten pin bowling centre.
Water Lane
Exeter
EX2 8BY

08715501010

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Exeter

Multi-screen cinema.
Sidwell Street
Exeter
EX4 6PL

03330144501

 

Picture House

Popular independent cinema.
51 Bartholomew Street West
Exeter
EX4 3AJ

08719025730

 

Vue Cinema Exeter

Multi-screen cinema.
Summerland Gate
Exeter
EX1 2DD

03453084620

 

Exeter Pheonix

Music, dance and film centre.
Bradninch Place
Gandy Street
EX4 3LS

01392667080

 
 

  Theatre

The Bike Shed Theatre

Intimate theatre offering an eclectic programme.
Fore Street
Exeter
EX4 3AT

Recommended by Emma Heath, Exeter

 

Northcott Theatre

Full programme of drama, dance and music.
University of Exeter
Stocker Road
EX4 4QB

01392493493

 
 

  Golf

Downes Crediton Golf Club

Golf Club.
The Clubhouse
Hookway
Crediton
Devon
EX17 3PT

 

Exeter Golf & Country Club

Golf Club.
Countess Wear
Exeter
Devon
EX2 7AE

 
 

  Leisure centres

Fitness First

Friendly gym and fitness centre.
Tudor Street
Exeter
EX4 3BR

08445712861

Recommended by Ron Goldney, Exeter

 

David Lloyd

Tennis, health and fitness club.
Sandy Park Way
Exeter
EX2 7NN

08446920697

 
 

  Water sports

AS Watersports

Oppurtunities to try kayaking and canoeing.
Haven Road
Exeter
EX2 8GX

01392219600

 

Riverside Leisure Centre

Swimming pool, fitness centre and many other activities available.
Cowick Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 1AF

01392221771

 

Topsham Outdoor Swimming Pool

Popular local attraction. Perfect summer holiday destination.
Fore Street
Exeter
EX3 0HS

01392874477

 
 

  Paintball

Exeter Paintball

The Exeter paintball site offers several great paintball game scenarios and game zones.
Pennsylvania Road
Exeter
EX4 5BW

 
 

  Riding

Hitts Barton Equestrian Centre

Friendly riiding school.
Whimple
Exeter
EX5 2NY

01404822335

 

Oaklands Riding School

Learn to ride today.
Balls Farm Road
Alphington
EX2 9JA

01392272105

 
 

  Climbing

Clip'n'Climb

Unique indoor climbing experience.
Haven Banks
The Quay
EX2 8AX

Recommended by Dan Towney, Exeter

 

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