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Board Exeter

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There are plenty of family attractions in Exeter, rainy day activities and fun, interactive ways of exploring the city. The city also offers plenty of green space in which to explore and run free.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a good place to start, with 16 galleries of displays taking families on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day and from Exeter all around the world. With a changing calendar of touring exhibitions and regular events engaging children of all ages, there is always something to do, whatever the weather!

For children aged over 5 years, Exeter Underground Passages are a must visit - take a guided tour of dark, narrow passages beneath the city's streets. Originally built to house fresh water pipes, the Passages have had many uses over the years, and the guides have some fascinating stories to tell. Older children will be enthralled by the stories of Exeter's turbulent history on a Red Coat Guided Tour, free daily walking tours around Exeter. If you prefer to explore at your own pace, pick up a free leaflet at Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets for a series of self-guided heritage trails, with quizzes and puzzles to solve along the way.

Visit Exeter Cathedral to marvel at the world's longest stretch of unbroken gothic vaulting. Family activities and workshops are held during school holidays, and throughout the year free activity backpacks are available to borrow from the entrance desk, designed to help children become Cathedral explorers using binoculars, magnifying glasses and compasses. Children aged 8+ can join a guided tour of the Cathedral's roof space, a thrilling experience!

For fresh air and outdoor activities to let off steam, head to Exeter's Quayside. Hire a bicycle or canoe from Saddles & Paddles to explore the Exeter Canal, have a go at climbing at the Quay Climbing Centre, or follow the well-signposted paths beside the river to one of the many waterside eateries here for a refreshment pit stop!

On rainy days, there are plenty of indoor activities in Exeter, including indoor soft play at Bear Feet and Pop Up Playcafe, tenpin bowling, a great choice of cinemas, and indoor sports and swimming at the city's leisure centres.

On the outskirts of Exeter, Crealy Great Adventure Park is one of the south west's top attractions, with rides and attractions for all ages, or visit Powderham Castle for themed events, fascinating castle tours and the deer park safari.

Exeter is perfectly located for young adventurers, surrounded by miles of countryside and close to the coast, with fantastic beaches within easy reach. Nearby Haldon Forest Park has a large network of themed family walking and cycling trails, with spectacular views over Exeter and out to sea.

See below for a selection of family attractions and activities in Exeter. Check out our top 5 family fun activities in Exeter and 10 free summer activities for families.

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  1. Pinces Garden

    Pinces Gardens

    Type

    Municipal Park

    Location

    Exeter

    One of Exeter’s most distinguished parks, the annual blossoming of Pinces Garden’s 45 metre wisteria arch is an unmissable spring event. Home to the Exeter Croquet Club and the Pinces Gardens’ Bowls club.

  2. Red Coat Guides

    Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Location

    Exeter

    The City's award winning Red Coat Guided Tours are provided by Exeter City Council and are the perfect way to explore Exeter, one of the oldest cities of England. Run by experienced qualified volunteer guides a variety of tours are available, each one focusing on a different aspect of Exeter's...

  3. Quay Climbing Centre

    Quay Climbing Centre

    Type

    Adventure Park/Playground

    Location

    Exeter

    Enjoy climbing with your family or friends at the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall. The Quay Climbing Centre is located in the heart of Exeter’s Quayside in the Old Electricity Building.

  4. Exeter Racecourse

    Exeter Racecourse

    Type

    Sports Ground/Stadium

    Location

    Exeter

    Set in a stunning location overlooking beautiful Devon countryside, Exeter Racecourse prides itself as being one of the UK’s most progressive tracks, with excellent facilities and transport links.

  5. Mincinglake Valley Park

    Mincinglake Valley Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exeter

    This finger of countryside extends down from Stoke Hill between Mincinglake Road and Mile Lane.
    The lower valley is wooded whilst the upper part comprises meadowland rich in wild flowers, butterflies and other insects. Access is either from Calthorpe Road or from Stoke Hill.

    The park itself has...

  6. Duryard Valley Park

    Duryard Valley Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exeter

    The rich meadows and woodland are host to a wide range of wildlife which thrives in the quiet valleys. Most of the land is in private ownership but there is access to Belvedere Meadows Local Nature Reserve.

    All the roads and tracks within the estate are private but responsible bona fide walkers...

  7. Crealy Great Adventure Park

    Crealy Great Adventure Park

    Type

    Theme Park

    Location

    Exeter

    Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the fun and excitement of Devon's Great Adventure Park!

  8. Darts Farm Cycle Hire

    Darts Farm Cycle Hire

    Type

    Sightseeing

    Location

    Topsham

    Discover the stunning Exe Estuary Cycle Trail, world famous for its birds and beautiful scenery.

  9. St Thomas Splash Pad

    St Thomas Splash Pad

    Type

    Municipal Park

    Location

    Exeter

    Open May - September, the St Thomas Splash Pad has water fountains, tipping buckets and cannons on a brightly coloured surface. There is also a large children's playground, public toilets and parkland nearby.

    The playground is suitable for toddlers and under 12s and has a range of equipment...

  10. Street Motion Freerunning Academy Devon

    Street Motion Freerunning Academy Devon

    Type

    Sports Ground/Stadium

    Location

    Exeter

    Street Motion Parkour / Freerunning Academy Exeter, South Devon & Cornwall. Professional Coaching - Improve Fitness - Gain Confidence - Friendly & Fun.

    Parkour // Freerunning // Street Stunts // Martial Arts Tricking // Exeter's only dedicated ind

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