When the sun is shining, there are not many better places to be than Exeter Quayside, brimming with an abundance of things to see and do.

A short walk from the city centre, the cobbled paths take you past quirky shops, craft workshops, antique stores, restaurants and pubs.

The vibrant quayside, popular with locals and visitors, is teaming with captivating history and incredible architecture.

With summer coming up and work on the multi-million pound Flood Defence Scheme on the Quay now completed, here is our guide to making the most of your time on Exeter Quayside.

Al fresco dining

When the sun IS shining, find a waterside table at one of the following and dine al fresco…

The Quayside Coffee Shop

This independent organic coffee shops also sells vinyl records! Open six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday. For more information check out http://quaysidecoffee.co.uk/


Independent café offering delicious home-made produce and coffee.

For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/LutzysCoffeeShop/

On The Waterfront

Family-friendly restaurant serving top quality, locally sourced food. It is also a Cask Marque accredited pub and can offer a great selection of local ale as well as a variety of more widely known beers and lagers.

For more information check out https://www.waterfrontexeter.co.uk/


An independent cafes which prides itself on the use of fresh local ingredients. Situated in an historic quayside cellar that was built in 1820s, making it a unique dining experience.

For more information check out http://www.cafemangos.co.uk/

Samuel Jones

Set in a rustic warehouse, Samuel Jones serves quality craft beers and delicious smokehouse-style food.

For more information check out https://www.samueljonesexeter.co.uk/

Puerto Lounge

Located overlooking the river, Puerto Lounge serve a great range of food and drinks, which includes gluten free and vegan menus, a very relaxed and welcoming setting.

For more information check https://thelounges.co.uk/puerto/

Prospect Inn

Prospect Inn is a popular local pub serving food, snacks and a wide range of beers, wines and spirits, as well as live music performances.

For more information check out https://www.heavitreebrewery.co.uk/pubs/the-prospect-inn/


A wealth of independent shops make the Quayside a great place to pick up a unique gift…

The Quay Presents - Gift shop

The shop contains handmade gifts including ceramics, driftwood, fused glass, turned wood and jewellery. They also have a huge range of scarves, bags and other gifts.

Open seven days a week (only weekends in January). For more information check out http://www.quaypresents.com/

Exeter Quay Antiques

The Antiques Centre offers a variety of antiques and collectables, which includes china, ceramics, glass, jewellery, silver, pictures, clocks, vinyl records, books, maps and other miscellaneous collectable items. For more information check out http://www.exeterquayantiques.co.uk/exeter-quay-antiques

Quay Side Easy Brew – Brewing supply shop

A family-owned business with experience in all aspects of home brewing including producing several thousand litres of wine each year.  For more information check out http://www.quaysidehomebrew.co.uk/

Eclectique – Furniture shop

A local Devon business that sells a great range of home furnishings from beds and bedroom furniture to tables and chairs. 

For more information check out http://www.eclectique.co.uk/

Cuffy and Sons - Homeware shop

Based at a workshop on Exeter quayside, Cuffy and Sons make hand-crafted items such as wild bird feeders and garden accessories.

For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/pg/Cuffy-and-Sons-Blacksmiths-The-Quay-Exeter-542390045860283/

Goodwood Cellars - Furniture maker

Based on the Quay, Goodwood Cellars creates furniture from recycled wood and can be made to measure using both hard and soft woods.

For more information check out http://www.goodwoodcellars.co.uk/

Antique Lighting Accessories

Antique Lighting Accessories supplies a range of genuine antique fixtures and fittings designed to complement both period and contemporary interiors.

For more information check out http://www.antiquelightingaccessories.com

Get activeExeter’s location in Devon, surrounded by lots of wide open space means it is a very active city, with plenty of opportunities for high adrenalin action, or a relaxing walk or cycle ride. The Quayside is the place to go for both indoor and outdoor activities in Exeter…Saddles & Paddles

Hire a bicycle or boat to get out and explore the River Exe and Canal. For more information check out http://www.sadpad.com/

AS Watersports

Why not have a go at paddle boarding, canoeing or kayaking, with all available for hire here

For more information check out http://www.aswatersports.co.uk/

The Quay Climbing Centre

Home to the south west’s largest indoor climbing wall for climbers of all ages, abilities and experiences.

For more information check out https://www.quayclimbingcentre.co.uk/


Some events coming up for your diary:

Starting on 24 June there’s Jazz on the Quay. Music gets underway from 12:30pm down at the Transit Shed, with further dates 1,8,15,22 July and 5 and 12 August.

Exeter Street Food Market takes place every month on 7 June, 5 July and 2 August and there are craft markets and art exhibitions scheduled at the Custom House Visitor Centre.

Exeter British Dragon Boat Regatta heads out onto the water on 10 June and there’s a classic motorcycle event on 29 July.

Exeter is a small but beautiful, unique and very loveable city, with heaps of history, a lot of soul and a big heart.

To find out about everything going on in Exeter go to www.visitexeter.com




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