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Destinations > UK > West Country > Exeter guide

Exeter is a city brimming with colourful character, with an abundance to offer in live music, dance, comedy, drama, and street theatre. All this and much more in a setting steeped in rich ancient history makes Exeter an ideal city what ever your age, with plenty of attractions and places of interest to visit historical and leisure wise.

Whatever your taste this city can cater for your taste buds. There are copious places to eat offering a wide range of culinary delights, from speciality restaurants to coffee houses, were you can sample some delicious cakes.

If your taste is centred more in nature Exeter is an ideal central point for exploring the natural beauty of the area. Surrounded by Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, and just a short distance from the rugged and sandy beaches of Devon.

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Bishopstock Blues Festival 27-29 May
This years Blues Festival looks set to be big with top names such as Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and Steven Earl and the Dukes. There will also be an exclusive first U.K. appearance in a decade of John Lee Hooker, supported by the Coast to Coast Blues Band Plus 20 other first-class acts. This 3-day event offers something for all the family and children under sixteen are free when accompanied by adult.
Tickets start from 45 for one day to 115 for all three days.

Barnfield Theatre
Location: Barnfield Road.
Telephone: 01392 271808.

New Theatre
Location: Friars Gate.
Telephone: 01392 277189.

Northcott Theatre
Location: Stocker Road, Exeter University.
Telephone: 01392 493493.

Exeter Phoenix
Location: Bradninch Place
Gandy Street.
Telephone: 01392 667080.

Laurel Keely Gallery
Location: St. David's Hill.
Telephone: 01392 428128

The Turner Gallery
Location: The Old Stables, 51a, Northernhay Street.
Telephone: 01392 273673.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Location: Queen Street.
Telephone: 01392 265858.

Spacex Gallery
Location: Preston Street.
Telephone: 01392 431786.

Exeter Comedy Club
Location: St. Georges Hall, Market Street.
Telephone: 01392 265866.

The Mud Dock
Location: Kennaway, Commercial Road.
Telephone: 01392 270000.



Underground Passage
Exeter is renowned for its narrow streets, well why not take a journey under the high street to the narrow 14th century passages that were constructed to supply the city with fresh drinking water.
Opening times: Open all year

Free Guided tours. (Free Guided Tours)
Exeter is one of England's oldest Cities and to celebrate 2000 year of history Exeter is offering free guided walking tours. There are a variety of tours to choose from, all starting from the Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Yard. Watch out for the ghosts on the Ghosts & Legends tour, as you might find out why Exeter is reputed to be the most haunted city in England.

Summer Program 1st April to 31st October 2000
Monday (5 Tours) Starting point of tour.
   Medieval Exeter   10.30am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Exeter Through the Ages    11.00am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Old and New Old and New    2.00pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Introducing Exeter   2.30pm   60 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   City to River (May-Sept)   7.00pm   60 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
Tuesday (5 Tours)
   Bishop's Palace Gardens   10.00am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Forgotten Exeter   11.00am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Old and New   2.00pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Port of Exeter (May-Sept)   2.00pm   90 mins   Quay House Visitor Centre
   Ghosts and Legends   7.O0pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
Wednesday (5 Tours)
   Bishop's Palace Gardens   10.30am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Exeter Through the Ages   11.00am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Old and New   2.00pm    90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Catacomb Tour   2.30pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
Thursday (4 Tours)
   Medieval Exeter   10.30am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Forgotten Exeter   11.00am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Old and New   2.00pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Murder and Mayhem   7.00pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
Friday (4 Tours)
   Bishop's Palace Gardens   10.30am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Forgotten Exeter11.00am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Old and New2.00pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Catacomb Tour2.30pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
Saturday (4 Tours)
   Medieval Exeter   10.30am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Exeter Through the Ages    11.00am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Old and New    2.00pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Exploring Cathedral Close   2.30pm   60 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
Sunday (5 Tours)
   Medieval Exeter   10.30am   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   City to River (May-Sept)   11.00am   60 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   Port of Exeter (May-Sept)   2.00pm   90 mins   Quay House Visitor Center
   The Roman City Wall   2.00pm   120 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel
   City on Sunday   2.30pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel

Tuesday 31 Oct
   Halloween Tour (Spooks & Broomsticks)   7.00pm   90 mins   Royal Clarence Hotel



Location: Commercial Road, The Quay.
Tel: 01392 259292
Wednesday - 80's night. Thursday- Student night.

Location:, Commercial Road, The Quay.
Tel: 01392 259292
Fridays- Salsa night.

Location:, Commercial Road, The Quay.
Tel: 01392 259292
Saturday- Dance music.

Location:, The Quay.
Tel: 01392 211347
70's nights.

Location:, The Quay.
Tel: 01392 211347
Every 3rd Friday- Foam party.

Club Rococo
Location:, Mary Arches Street.
Tel: 01392 434411
(Over 21 only).

Location:, 53 Batholomew Street West.
Tel; 01392 275623

Location:, Little Castle Street.
Tel: 01392 493096
Thursday- Funk. Friday- Indi.



The City of Exeter was founded by the Romans almost 2000 years ago, making it one of England's oldest cities. The central area of the city offers many examples to represent the major periods of English history. By the year 200AD a wall had been constructed to defend the city from invaders, with much of the original wall standing and in parts repaired this is a must to visit to experience original workmanship. Also a must see is the magnificent 850 year old Cathedral.



Exeter offers a wide variety of sporting activities from Martial Arts to Snowboarding, Swimming to Ten Pin Bowling.Cycling - Ride the Net - 17th 26th June 2000
To celebrate the opening of the first 5000 miles of the National Cycle Network, there are various Cyclethons, The 'Longest Ride' takes place on 21st June.
For details on Longest Ride call 01392 265178.Aerobics
Sweat & Stretch, Paris Street.
Tel: 01392 433656.Canoeing
Saddles and Paddles, The quay.
Tel: 01392 424241.Go-Karting
Race World, Woodbury.
Tel: 01395 233397.John Hore Health Club
(Fitness Center) 10a Guildhall Shopping Center.
Tel: 01392 438307 Snowboarding
Clifton Hill Sports Center.
Tel: 01392 811702.Swimming
Pyramids Swimming and Leisure Center, Heavitee Road.
Tel: 01392 253553.Ten Pin Bowling
Megabowl, Units 3 & 4 Haven banks Retail Park, Water Lane.
Tel: 01392 439090.



Anchor Inn
Location: Cockwood, Starcross.
Tel. 01626 890203.

Location: 79-81 Queen Street.
Tel. 01392 426907.

The Jolly Porter
Location: St Davids Hill, Station Approach.
Tel: 01392 254848.

The Malthouse
Location: Haven Road.
Tel: 01392 490555.

The Ship Inn
Location: St Martins Lane.
Tel: 01392 272040.

Walkabout Inn
Location: 99-101 Fore Street.
Tel: 01392 410965.

Turf Locks
Location: Exminster.
Tel: 01392 833128.

The Wine Bar & Dinning Rooms
Location: Southernhay East.
Tel: 01392 686781.




Coffee Shops & Cafes

Location: 18 Paris Street.

Cavern Café
Location: 83-84 Queen Street.

Drake's Coffee House
Location: 17 Catherine Street.

Ellen's Donut Parlour
Location: 51 North Street.

The Real Mccoy Café
Location: Fore Street Center.

Location: Unit 3 Kings Wharf, The quay.


No. 5
Location: 5, Cathedral Close
Tel. 01392 413555

Restaurant 62
Location: 62, Fore Street, Topsham
Tel. 01392 873759


Cafe Rouge
Location: 92, Queen Street
Tel. 01392 211778

Cripes Creperie
Location: 21,Gandy Street
Tel. 01392 491411

La Fontaine
Location: 31, Magdalen Road
Tel. 01392 422667

La Petit Maison
Location: 35, Fore Street, Topsham
Tel. 01392 873660


Cafe On The Green
Location: 21a, Cathedral Yard
Tel. 01392 210303

The Cowick Barton
Location: Cowick Lane, St. Thomas
Tel. 01392 270411

Location: 62-64, High Street
Tel. 01392 875675

Fruta Bomba
Location: 44/45 Queen Street
Tel. 01392 412233

Location: Cathedral Green
Tel. 01392 276913

Harpoon Louie's
Location: 2la, Heavitree Road
Tel. 01392 426600

Location: 86, Longbrook Street
Tel. 01392 202234

The Ivy
Location: North Street
Tel. 01392 272906

Mad Meg's
Location: Fore Street, St Olaves Court
Tel. 01392 221225

The Mud Dock Cafe & Cycleworks
Location: Commercial Road, The Quay
Tel. 01392 270000

Location: 3 Cathedral Yard
Tel. 01392 411200

The Olive Tree
Location: Queens Court Hotel, Bystock Terrace
Tel. 01392 272709

The Papermakers
Location: 14, Exe Street, Off Bonhay Road
Tel. 01392 278980

Location: 36-37, South Street
Tel. 01392 494003

Raleigh Restaurant
Location: The Royal Clarence Hotel, Cathedral Yard
Tel. 01392 319955

Roedean Restaurant
Location: The Triangle, Kenton
Tel. (01626) 890195

St. Martin's Cafe Bar
Location: Martin's Lane
Tel. 01392 310130

St. Olaves Court Hotel
Location: Mary Arches Street
Tel. 01392 217736

Location: 12 lower North Street
Tel. 01392 435953


The Admiral Wine Bar & Restaurant
Location: 44, Chudleigh Road, Alphington
Tel. 01392 276990

The Galley
Location: 41, Fore Street, Topsham
Tel. 01392 876078

Location: Rougemont House, Castle Street
Tel. 01392 411292


Beefeater Restaurant & Pub
Location: Countess Wear, 398, Topsham Road
Tel. 01392 875441

Location: Lower North Street
Tel. 01392 254269


Location: 15, North Street
Tel. 01392 258473



Shopping in Exeter offers you a wide choice of 600 retailing outlets, ranging from big high street names, to street markets, and unique boutiques. Most of the major high street names are also open on Sundays.

Sidwell Street Market. Monday - Saturday 8am - 5pm.
St. Georges Indoor Market. Monday - Saturday 8am - 5pm.
Farmers Market. Last Wednesday in every Month. (This Market is situated outside St. George's Market, and sells a wide range of organic and fresh produce from Devon Farms.)




Exeter offers a fast and Frequent Park and Ride into the heart of the City. This is the best way to arrive at the city center if you have journeyed to it by car. This facilities allows you to park your car for free, then take the short journey right into the heart of the city at a small cost. This is a hassle free way to travel to the center, without the stress of finding places to park, the prices of which vary from 40 pence an hour to 1 pound an hour. (There is free parking for Disabled yellow badge holders in these City Council car parks, and on-street pay and display areas). The buses run every 7 minutes in peak and every 10 minutes off-peak, Monday - Saturday. For extra convenience there are three separate park and ride facilities in three alternative directions just outside the city.
Location: From Plymouth on the A38 take the A379 as you near Exeter, the Matford Park & Ride is sign posted from there.
From Sidmouth, Exmouth, and the A376, take the A3052, as you near Exeter the Sowton Park & Ride is sign posted.
From Bristol, turn of at Junction 29 of the M5, Honiton Road Park & Ride is sign posted from hear.
Telephone: 01392 427711


Exeter has 4 Stations, Exeter Central Station, St Thomas Station, St David's Station, and St James Station. The most convenient of these by far is Exeter Central Station, from here it is a short three minute walk to the high street. Secondly Exeter's St David's from here it is a 5 minute bus journey to the City Center.
Telephone: National Rail Enquiry Line; 0345 484950


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