This was my first time in Exeter, and when I first arrived I was excited to get to know this beautiful city and to visit all possible places!

One of the first attractions I visited was RAMM, a very interesting museum where you can learn many things and travel to other times and places without leaving Exeter!

RAMM

Exeter’s Underground Passages is another important attraction that should not be missed, it has a very curious history.

Exeter's Underground Passages

Exeter Red Coats are a group of volunteers passionate about Exeter’s history, who offer guided walking tours to tell visitors Exeter's story and curiosities, completely free of charge!

Exeter Red Coat Tours

Exeter Cathedral is one of the most important buildings in Exeter, it is spectacular outside and inside with a long history, including its survival of the World War II bombings.

Exeter Cathedral

All these tourist attractions are located in Exeter city centre, within easy walking distance from each other. Here you will also find many shops, shopping centres, nightclubs, and cinemas.

Some of my favourite places to eat have been The Old Fire House, which serves very large and very good pizzas, the Chevalier – a large Wetherspoons, which is cheap and cheerful with several different areas to enjoy your drinks or food. The Terrace has amazing views and the food is very good. I have also had dinner at The Exonian, which has a great atmosphere and The Imperial, another Wetherspoon pub with a large garden, always full of life.

The Old Firehouse

In Exeter city centre I have also visited the Historic Guildhall, which is on the route of several Red Coat tours, and Gandy Street, which is a very charming cobbled street, full of independent shops, cafes and clubs. J. K Rowling was said to have found inspiration for the Harry Potter books here! It is also home to the Vaults and Exeter Cavern underground nightclubs, and nearby is Timepiece night club, a must-visit if you’re studying in the city!

Gandy Street

Part of Exeter that I have loved visiting is Exeter Quayside, perfect for walking, having a drink, relaxing, taking part in sports, eating, etc. I enjoyed delicious meals at On The Waterfront, Puerto Lounge and Rockfish, all situated beside the river.

Exeter Quayside

During my 10 week visit I also had the opportunity to attend some great Exeter events, such as Let’s Rock 2019, a fantastic experience that I would love to repeat, it was a day full of concerts, laughs and meeting many people!

Let's Rock Exeter 2019

I also attended the Exeter Festival, three very varied days, with outdoor movies, concerts and activities for the whole family.

As well as Exeter itself, I had the opportunity to visit some of the other the beautiful parts of Devon, including the seaside town of Torquay where there are many different restaurants where you can choose between flavour, atmosphere, price, and proximity to the seafront, all have their charm. You can also go bowling, to the cinema, or for a stroll through its streets full of shops and bars. Its beaches are very beautiful and I was able to see the town from another perspective on a boat trip, where I could see the coastline of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham from the sea. It was a beautiful experience.

Torquay

I have also had the opportunity to go to Paignton, get to know its beaches, its streets, visit Paignton Zoo, and enjoy a day at the Splashdown Waterpark.

Paignton

I had a go at paddle-boarding at Ladram Bay beach, a quiet bay with very beautiful views.

Ladram Bay

On one of my train journeys, I stopped in Plymouth, Devon’s other city – and I could not leave without also visiting the famous lighthouse and Plymouth Hoe.

Plymouth Hoe

I have really enjoyed my time in Exeter and Devon. There is so much to see and do, and I look forward to visiting again someday soon.

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - RAMM
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Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - RAMM

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) is one of Exeter City Council’s flagship services. RAMM is also supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Stunning displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and a changing programme of exhibitions and events means there is likely to be something different to see on every visit. Free entry gives everyone the freedom to visit many times and to stay any length of time.

Exeter's Underground Passages
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Exeter's Underground Passages

The Passages were built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter. A guided tour of Exeter's Underground Passages is a memorable event - narrow, dark, interesting and exciting.

Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
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Exeter's Red Coat Guided Tours

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 history and culture

Exeter Cathedral
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Exeter Cathedral

Medieval cathedral. Fine example of Gothic Decorated style. Longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. Image screen on West Front, Minstrels' Gallery and tombs. Expert guided tours, trails and activities for the family

The Old Firehouse
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The Old Firehouse

Widely acknowledged to be one of Exeter’s best ale and cider pubs, The Old Firehouse is very popular with students and locals alike and offers a buzzy atmosphere along with a great range of food and drink at reasonable prices!

The Terrace
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The Terrace

This contemporary rooftop bar & restaurant is stylishly split over two levels, each with its own personality and individual flair. The top floor boasts a roof deck with stunning cathedral views that mirror the historic building that The Terrace sits within.

Exeter Historic Guildhall
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Exeter Guildhall

The Guildhall has served as the centrepiece of Exeter's civic life for more than 800 years.

Exeter Cavern
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Exeter Cavern

Launched in 1991 as a platform for local and international bands, the Cavern is one of Exeter's oldest indie venues.

Exeter Quayside
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Exeter Quayside

Exeter's Historic Quayside is the most attractive area in the city, popular with locals & visitors for its fascinating history, pubs & restaurants.

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On the Waterfront, Exeter

Perched on the edge of the historic Exeter Quayside, we are housed on the ground floor of a magnificent 19th century warehouse. This building and many like it nearby served the booming woollen industry of the mid 19th century.

Rockfish Exeter
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Rockfish Exeter

Amongst the treats at this consistently award-winning restaurant are sustainably sourced and locally landed seafood, often cooked within hours of being caught. From your table by the Quayside enjoy simple, relaxed, ingredient-driven quality food for the whole family.

Ladram Bay Holiday Park
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Ladram Bay

Award winning family owned Holiday Park with its own private beach, indoor heated swimming pool, full family entertainment, restaurants, cafe, and supermarket.

4 Comments

Comments

  1. Debslo
    What s fantastic write up for Devon , given from a first -timer . Let’s keep the visitors coming .
    Great blog !
    Thank you
  2. Brad Culos
    Lovely write up! Sounds like you had a great time here, come back again soon :)
  3. Lobi-1
    Great Blog. If I didn’t live here already you would have sold it! Just shows we live in a lovely part of the country.
  4. Kissmpliz
    This blog has made me want to visit Exeter and Devon because I can use it as a guide.
    Thank you, Irina, for showing us the most amazing places to visit and eat!
    I will go soon.
    Kissmpliz

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