Places to Visit in Exeter
Exeter is a city full of heritage and culture. 2,000 years of history can be discovered through Exeter’s impressive architecture and heritage attractions, most are listed below. The city’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum has undergone a multi-million pound development programme and reopened December 2011 with stunning displays from pre-history to the present day...
Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema & Popular Culture
Founded in 1994, the Centre contains an enormous collection relating to the history of film and visual media. From shadow puppets to Shirley Temple dolls, from magic lanterns to Marilyn Monroe postcards, there is something to fascinate every visitor.
The Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter EX4 4SB
Tel: 01392 724321 | www.exeter.ac.uk/bdc
Home of the Devon Wildlife Trust, you can discover the Mill's history, how it works and find out what sort of wildlife live in the area. There are two 19th century waterwheels and a wildflower meadow. Free admission.
Commercial Rd , EX2 4AB
Tel: 01392 279244 | http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/
Right in the heart of the city, discover for yourself our beautiful decorated Gothic Cathedral with the world's longest uninterupted stretch of vaulting. Admission charge
1 The Cloisters EX1 1HS
Tel: 01392 285983 | http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/
Enjoy a scenic cruise along Exeter's historic canal. Take a 50 minute round trip or stop for lunch at a great family pub, The Double Locks Inn, and return on a later boat. Double Locks is situated on the Exeter Ship Canal adjacent to RSPB wildlife reserves. Cruises take place at weekends between Easter and October and daily throughout July and August. Admission charge
Exeter’s Historic Quayside
Tel: 07984 368442 | www.exetercruises.com/
A 800 year-old centerpiece of Exeter’s Civic life, which is still in use today. A structure of outstanding architectural interest, it is not merely an ancient monument but remains a busy working building - still in regular use for a variety of civic functions and full meetings of the City Council. Free
High Street, Exeter EX4 3EB
Tel: 01392 665500 | www.exeter.gov.uk/guildhall
Exeter Self Guided Heritage Trails
Discover Exeter's rich and varied history on one of three exciting self guided heritage trails – The City Wall Trail, The Exeter Woollen Trail and The Exeter Medieval Trail.
The trails bring the city's past to life on a series of colourful and informative information panels. Trail leaflets available from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets. Free.
Tel: 01392 665700 | www.exeter.gov.uk/heritagetrails
Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
Take a free guided walking tour and in 90 minutes discover many secrets of this historic city. Choose from 17 tours including Ghosts & Legends. More information available from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets EX1 1GF. Free.
Tel: 01392 665700 | www.exeter.gov.uk/guidedtours
Exeter's Underground Passages
One of the region's most unusual attractions are the medieval vaulted archaeological finds and a full scale of the passages. Exeter’s Underground passages were built in the 14th and 15th centuries to bring a supply of fresh drinking water into the city. Admission charge.
2 Paris Street EX1 1GA
Tel: 01392 665887 | www.exeter.gov.uk/passages
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
RAMM's exciting multi-million pound re-development has delivered a dynamic 21st-century museum which interprets the past, enriches the present and responds to the future. RAMM cares for a wonderful and diverse collection consisting of over one million individual objects and specimens from all over the globe. Free admission.
Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RZ
Tel: 01392 265858 | www.rammuseum.org.uk
St Nicholas Priory – A Tudor Home
Experience Tudor life in the heart of Exeter. Adorned with quality replica furniture and painted in the bright colours of the period, St Nicholas Priory is presented as the 1602 home of the wealthy Hurst family. The display of Elizabethan items from the city's collection, the addition of modern amenities and new interpretation allows greater access to the Priory and gives a wonderful insight into Tudor life. Admission charge.
The Mint, off Fore Street, EX4 3BL
Tel: 01392 665858 | www.exeter.gov.uk/priory
Topsham Museum is housed in one of a group of late 17th century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary. The River Gallery displays the story of the River Exe. The Sail Loft leads visitors into the 17th century House, and the exhibition of Vivien Leigh memorabilia is ever popular and has attracted worldwide interest. Free admission.
25 The Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0AX
Tel: 01392 832599 | www.devonmuseums.net/topsham
Topsham to Turf Ferry - Sea Dream
Sea Dream offers return sailings to the popular Turf Lock Inn from Trout's Boat Yard, Topsham. Tours run from Easter to the end of September daily from 11.30am to 4pm. Admission charge
Tel: 07778 370582
Tuckers Hall was built and has been owned by the Guild of Weavers, Tuckers and Shearmen since 1471. The Guild regulated the woollen cloth trade in Exeter, which made the city (and Devon) wealthy and a centre for international trade. Free admission.
40 Fore Street EX4 3AN
Tel: 01392 412348 | http://www.tuckershall.org.uk/
Quay House Visitor Centre
The history and development of Exeter’s Quayside is brought to life with lively display, illustrations and artefacts. Watch an exciting audiovisual presentation “Exeter, 2000 years of history” highlighting Exeter’s history from Roman times until today. Free admission.
46 The Quay, EX2 4AN
Tel: 01392 271611 | www.exeter.gov.uk/quayhouse