Pick n Mix Group Itinerary Ideas
Whether you are visiting for the day, or a short break, Exeter has plenty to offer. To make sure you get the most from your visit, we've put together some suggested itineraries below...
10 – 12noon Visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) with a guided tour of the displays.
12 – 1pm Lunch and shopping in Exeter’s bustling city centre, or lunch in the RAMM café or the Cathedral Café
1 – 3pm Guided tour of Exeter’s stunning Cathedral (5 min walk from RAMM)
3 – 5pm Take a Red Coat Guided Tour, or a guided tour of the medieval Underground Passages, then enjoy a cream tea at Tea on the Green in Cathedral Close, or in the Cathedral Cafe. If you have time, head down to the historic quayside area.
5pm Check into one of Exeter’s city centre hotels.
10am – 1.30pm A morning visit and tour of Exeter’s historic Cathedral. Lunch in the Cathedral café or in one of the many cafés or restaurants surrounding Cathedral Green.
1.30 – 4pm A full afternoon to take in the delights of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) including a tour and some time to shop and enjoy a cup of tea in the café.
4 – 5.30pm Take a Red Coat Guided Tour and unpick the rich heritage of Exeter.
5.30pm – Drinks and delicious food in one of the many new eateries and bars in Exeter’s award-winning Queen St Dining at Exeter Guildhall, right in the heart of the city.
10am – 1pm Enjoy an eye-opening Red Coat Guided Tour of Exeter Quayside, a fascinating insight into the city’s riches. A perfect place to enjoy lunch before heading back into the city.
1 – 2.30pm Go subterranean at Exeter's Underground Passages and see how the city got its fresh drinking water in medieval times.
5pm Time for a well-deserved drink – or perhaps enjoy a traditional cream tea, while in Devon!
Exeter's proximity to miles of beautiful countryside, the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Dartmoor National Park making it an excellent base for exploring the rest of Devon. There is plenty to do in the city itself, we can suggest tailor made itineraries for your group, as well as give advice on accommodation. See below for more information on Exeter's main visitor attractions, or visit our things to do page for further inspiration.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
The award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) is a truly modern museum of history, nature, world culture and art. Within this iconic Victorian building – across 15 gallery spaces – explore stories of the past through rocks and fossils, animals, insects and birds, glass, silver and ceramics, letters, photography, sculpture, paintings and drawings, furniture, costumes and jewellery. The museum’s displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections making it the perfect place to begin a Devon journey. RAMM has something for everyone, with an array of things to see and do, interactive displays and thought-provoking exhibitions.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
Closed Mondays and bank holidays.
Admission is free, some temporary exhibitions and events are ticketed.
Tours are available at a charge. Book in advance.
Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. There has been a Cathedral on the present site for nearly one thousand years. The imposing towers of today’s Cathedral date from the early 12th century. They form the majority of what remains of the Norman Cathedral which was replaced from 1270 -1340 by the beautiful Gothic building we see today with its famous West Front and elegant Nave. It is a rich resource of art, craft, symbolism and architectural detail.
The Cathedral is, as it always has been, the jewel in the heritage crown of the county of Devon, as well as the seat of the Bishop and the Mother Church of the Diocese. The building itself is a remarkable feat of engineering, design and craftsmanship. It has the longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting in the world, stunning stained glass windows and an intricately carved image screen on the West Front.
Group tickets available. Guided tours, evening tours, roof tours and special interest tours. Book in advance.
Find out more about Exeter's fascinating, and sometimes turbulent history on a guided walking tour. The Red Coat Guides are passionate about Exeter, and bring the history of the city to life, through a series of themed tours, which can be tailored to your group's needs. Group prices available.
Exeter Underground Passages
Explore beneath Exeter's streets on a guided tour through vaulted passageways, originally built to house fresh drinking water pipes in medieval times. The Passages are dark and narrow - not for the claustrophobic! Group tickets available.
Exeter was an important port in the 18th century, and has a fascinating maritime history. Visit the Custom House Visitor Centre to find out more and watch a short film highlighting Exeter’s history from Roman times until the present day.
The quayside today is a hub of activity. There is bicycle and canoe hire available to explore the River Exe and Canal, and waterside pubs and cafes in which to relax and watch the world go by.