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• Enjoy one of a kind guest accommodation in some of the most historic and beautiful buildings in Exeter on the doorstep of some of United Kingdom's most renowned tourist attractions.

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Exeter Visitor information

Visit the Exeter Cathedral and venture out to the rooftop for a tour, you can take in the sights of the city too! With its stunning Norman Romanesque towers and beautiful architecture, it’s not a sight to miss. 

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum with its very ornate Gothic building is a great place to visit, and its main feature is its tribute to the memorial of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert. 

The Historic Quayside on the River Exe is a very pretty scene in the city, you can hire canoes or bikes to explore the area or just take a stroll and enjoy the beautiful scenery. 

You can take a tour in the underground passages under the streets of Exeter, with a full history guide and you can also visit the heritage center. 

You will find popular restaurants in Princesshay Shopping Centre and the Queen St Dining Quarter, along with some other great restaurants dotted around the city, as well as shops to explore. 

Travel 

Exeter is a very pedestrianized city so you can walk most places, however it has some steep hills so there are other options available for you below. 

You can cycle around the City; you can hire a bike for the day with Co-Bikes in town. 

You can hire a car or get a taxi around the city also as another option. 

There are many buses running throughout the City at regular times. Exeter has a central train station called Exeter St David’s on Bonhay Road, and 3 other smaller stations: St James Park, Exeter St Thomas & Exeter Central which are located on the other side of the river.

History of Exeter

Exeter is a city in Devon with a rich history dating back to the Roman Era, this reflects in its fascinating heritage attractions. 

At the heart of the City is the Exeter Cathedral, full of 900 years of history. It’s one of the Greatest Cathedrals of England with it’s stunning Gothic Architecture and was constructed between 1112- 1400. It has a magnificent multi ribbed ceiling. 

The City’s oldest building is St Nicholas Priory. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, partly destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries by rule of Henry VIII, then turned into a rich merchant’s townhouse. 

In the Medieval times in 1346, the construction of a network of tunnels began beneath the streets to supply the city with fresh water; they were finalized in 1492.  During the Civil war a section of the passages were blocked off, due to fears that the military would gain access to the city, however they were re-opened again after the war ended. Sadly, in the 1800s they had been forgotten about and fallen into disrepair. In the 1930s, they started to reconstruct the tunnels to be used for guided tours.  

One of Exeter’s many monuments remaining from the Medieval Ages is the Exe Bridge Ruins, it was built around the year 1200 and originally has 17-18 arches crossing the River Exe. Only 8 ½ arches still stand today. At the time of the bridge being completed in 1239, houses, chapels and churches were constructed upon it., and the only Building remaining on it now is St Edmunds Church.  

Exeter Quayside was used as a port in prehistoric times to unload the ships of overseas traders using a sandstone ledge. The shipping was then blocked in 1381 by the Countess Weir, and in 1566 a canal was completed to allow access for ships.   

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