The cathedral city of Exeter

Photo: Exeter city centre and cathedral

Exeter city centre and cathedral

Exeter is a thriving city with plenty to offer visitors and just 30 minutes drive from Sidmouth. There is a lively shopping centre with cafe’s, pubs and restaurants as well as fascinating architectural heritage including the beautiful Gothic cathedral and the historic quayside.

Parking in the city centre can work out quite expensive so consider using the Park & Ride or even getting a bus all the way from Sidmouth.

Things to do in Exeter

Apart from the obvious opportunities for shopping and eating, Exeter also has some unique attractions:

  • The Royal Albert Memorial Museum has undergone a major modernisation to create a fascinating and inspiring museum and art gallery just a few minutes walk from the city centre.
  • Explore the 14th century underground passages that run right underneath the city centre.
  • Take time out for reflection in the gothic cathedral (see below).
  • Visit the historic Quayside and pick up a treasure hunt from the Quay House Visitor Centre, browse the antique and gift shops, stop off for a drink in a riverside pub or enjoy a Devon cream tea.
  • Find out more about the city on one of several daily 90 minute free guided tours.
  • Get a glimpse of life in an Elizabethan town house at St Nicholas Priory hidden away in an alley off Fore Street.

St Peter’s Cathedral

The cathedral has the longest uninterrupted medieval gothic vaulting in the world. If you are visiting in the summer and have a head for heights (and are reasonably fit) then try the roof tour – a guided tour up a winding stone staircase that takes you high above the nave to the top of the North tower where you can get breathtaking views across the city and out towards the East Devon countryside.

Special events include candle light concerts, folk music, choral concerts and classical music held within the atmospheric nave as well as craft fairs on the surrounding green.

The cathedral is open to visitors from 9am most days, except when there are special events or services running and there is a small charge which contributes towards it’s upkeep.

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