At Visit Exeter, we’re all dreaming of #TheFirstThing we’re all going to do when the country is back to normal and we’re able to enjoy Exeter again! The team have written what they’re most looking forward to…


“One of the things I’ve been really missing during lockdown is some much needed retail therapy! Exeter is a shopaholic's must-do destination with chic boutiques and stylish independents alongside many familiar big names.

Princesshay in the heart of the city, provides a great mix of shops, whilst the Cathedral Quarter with its classic independent shops nestled around the spacious Green is one of my firm favourites.

Wandering down Exeter’s High Street and in to the Guildhall Shopping Centre, there’s a huge choice of well-known shops to browse. From clothes to gifts; beauty products to homewares, it’s just hard to pick where to go first! Don't miss out on Gandy Street with its trendy clothes and gift shops. It's just off the High Street in the Castle Quarter.

For quirky unusual shops, my top tip is to head to Fore Street in the West Quarter. From there it’s just a short downhill walk to the Quayside, where you'll find yet more fascinating independent shops to explore.

Finally, if your purse and feet haven’t had enough, I would head to Magdalen Road, great for local food and drink, before hopping on a bus or train to the beautiful estuary town of Topsham with its wonderful choice of specialist shops.”


“I’m a big foodie – there’s nothing I love more than socialising and eating at a restaurant! #TheFirstThing I’m going to do is have a ‘bottomless brunch’ with my friends at The Terrace or Pink Moon, we have a lot of catching up to do! I’m also a big fan of having an afternoon tea, I’ve wanted nothing more than a scone with jam and cream during this lockdown. So far my favourite afternoon tea I’ve experienced in the city is at Exeter Golf and Country Club, my friend treated me to one for my birthday last year so I may have to do the same for hers!

Visitors and residents will be spoilt for choice once restaurants have re-opened! In Exeter we have many popular chains at Queen Street Dining and Princesshay Shopping Centre, plus we’re very lucky to have such fantastic independent eateries including The Oddfellows, On the Waterfront and Tea on the Green! I’ve always wanted to try Harry’s Restaurant but I’ve never been – something tells me I will be once lockdown is over!

I’ve certainly been experimenting with different gins and tonics during lockdown. Exeter Gin is opening its Granny Garbutt and Exeter Gin School & Bar when the restrictions are lifted, where you can see how their gin is made and even make and label your own gin! I'll be keeping an eye on this once it's open for sure...


“Lockdown has been so unkind to my face. My brows are a mess, my eye-bags larger than you've ever seen and my skin a spotty mess! #TheFirstThing I'm going to do when lockdown is over is pamper myself to the holy heavens - I'm talking brows waxed and tinted, facials, manipedis and just about anything else I can get my hands on!

I fancy a day relaxing within the spa facilities at Hotel Du Vin, Exeter Golf and Country Club or Woodbury Park Hotel! I'll definitely be treating myself to one of their delicious afternoon teas as well!”


"With two young children, aged 5 and 8, one of the hardest things for us during the lockdown period has been not being able to visit our favourite local attractions. We are very lucky to have Crealy, Devon’s largest theme park practically on our doorstep. There is so much to do there we bought annual membership a few years ago, and have been regular visitors ever since – we can’t wait until it is able to reopen! We also love sunny days meeting the donkeys and ambling around The Donkey Sanctuary, near Sidmouth. 

We’ve been so lucky with the weather here in Devon over the past few months, it’s certainly made the lockdown period a lot easier being able to spend time outside in the garden and walking around our local area. Rainy days have been the hardest, and we’ve really missed being able to visit RAMM in Exeter, and burning off energy at Clip N' Climb on Exeter quayside." 

The Visit Exeter team is looking forward to welcoming you back soon! 


Pink Moon
Pink Moon

All day dining, drinking & fun. Grab a healthy lunch to go, enjoy delicious home-made Californian food in our restaurant or party with us until the early hours in our after dark club.

Wear Park Spa at Exeter Golf & Country Club
Wear Park Spa at Exeter Golf & Country Club

Wear Park Spa is a multi-award-winning spa and beauty salon located in the Georgian manor house at Exeter Golf and Country Club. Open to everyone with a discount for members, the single and double treatment rooms enjoy stunning views of the golf course. Wear Park Spa is perfect for both spa days and beauty treatments. Luxurious, with world-class ESPA facials, massage and body treatments, yet convenient for beauty treatments such as Shellac nails, manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows and lashes.

Exeter Gin
Local Shop
Exeter Gin

Exeter's own premium gin made in small batches and produced in a traditional copper still.

Queen St Dining
Queen St Dining

From dawn ‘til dusk and to supper and beyond, Queen St Dining is the perfect location for Exeter’s food-loving residents and city visitors to sample the finest fare from local food heroes and unique cuisines in cool casual dining destinations


Put Princesshay on your plate with 12 top places to eat, meet and treat. We’re sure you’ll find something to whet the appetite at EATS Princesshay with flavours that span the globe. Not to mention live music, alfresco dining, a great atmosphere and stunning views of Exeter cathedral and the Roman wall.

The Oddfellows
The Oddfellows

Only a stones throw away around the corner from the hustle and bustle of Exeter High Street, our independent, relaxed and friendly gastro bar will be sure to please.

On The Waterfront
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.

Tea on the Green
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Tea on the Green
Harry's Restaurant
Harry's Restaurant Exeter
Shopping Centre

The award-winning Princesshay is in the heart of the city, with over 70 stores including big brands such as Next and Debenhams, as well as smaller independent and regional brands. Princesshay is seriously stylish, featuring distinctive architecture, that complements Exeter's historic buildings, and landscaped European style squares with cafes and restaurants.

The Guildhall Shopping Centre
Outdoor Market
The Guildhall Shopping Centre

From fashion to food, to booking that perfect family holiday, everything you need can be found at Guildhall Shopping Centre, being home to brands such as Sainsbury’s, Wilko, Primark, WH Smith, Superdrug, Mothercare and Jigsaw, amongst others. Whilst shopping, don’t forget to check out the eight new restaurants at Queen St Dining!

Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club
Woodbury Park Hotel

Nestled in 350 acres of glorious Devon countryside, sits Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club. A rural haven close to the heart of Exeter.

Hotel Du Vin
Hotel Du Vin

Take a step inside this iconic building, formerly the West of England Eye Hospital, where historic walled gardens and striking architecture create the backdrop for a truly special experience.

Crealy Theme Park & Resort
Theme Park / Waterpark
£15 tickets. Tickets must be purchased online and in advance.

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

The Donkey Sanctuary
Animal Collection
Family enjoys meeting donkey

Bring out the best in your herd and make memories that last a lifetime at The Donkey Sanctuary. Meet hundreds of adorable rescue donkeys for FREE and discover so much more besides.

Clip ‘n Climb
Adventure Park/Playground
Clip ‘n Climb Plymouth

Clip N Climb is healthy & challenging climbing fun for everyone ages 4yrs & up!

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - RAMM
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Queen Street Exeter

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.



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