We believe that everybody should have the chance to experience our incredible city, without barriers. With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide packed with accessible attractions, cafés & restaurants and other tips, to help you plan ahead – leaving you with more time to explore!

Dive into our history

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

We’re sure you know already, but Exeter is a city rich with history and heritage. A trip to Exeter wouldn’t be complete without visiting our award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum. With ramp/level access and disabled toilets, hearing loops and large print floor plans - there's nothing stopping you whilst you explore the mesmerising 16 galleries.

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Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

Ramp/level access and toilets for disabled visitors makes the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, a building dedicated to the audience's experience of the moving image, accessible to visitors. Guide dogs are allowed to enter and there's disabled parking too! 

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Custom House Visitor Centre

The Custom House Visitor Centre houses lively displays, illustrations and artefacts which tell the incredible story of Exeter's Quayside. Visitors can use the ramp/level access, bring their guide dogs and use the subtitles on audio visual induction loop.

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Topsham Museum

Visit Topsham Museum to learn about the history of the quaint port town, as well as the wildife of the Exe Estuary! The museum is accessible to wheelchair users with a temporary ramp and wheelchair seating on request. The building also has a hearing loop system, ramp/level access, toilets for disabled visitors PLUS assistance and guide dogs are permitted.

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Exeter Cathedral

Discover 900 years of fascinating history and Gothic architecture at our magnificent Exeter Cathedral. All areas are accessible to disabled visitors, guide dogs are welcome, there's ramp/level access and toilets available to disabled visitors - come and visit our city's most known landmark!

Treat yourself

A part of what makes Exeter a great place to visit is the number of incredible high street brands and independent businesses to browse. To make accessing our shops that little bit easier, stop by Exeter Shopmobility's office in Paris Street to hire wheelchairs and motorised scooters to improve your shopping experience.

Click here to discover our shopping quarters.

Visit our shopping centres and their fan-favourite restaurants

In Exeter, our shopping centres welcome you to browse their fantastic shops and dine within their popular restaurants:  

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Princesshay Shopping Centre

  • Disabled bays and child bays in the car park
  • Car park lifts have audio and brail support
  • Mobility lift located at the car park - 'Shop Mobility Lift'
  • Changing Places toilet and baby change is located in St Stephen’s House to the back of Nationwide - fitted with hoists, shower and emergency pull cord

Take a look at Princesshay's 'Visual Guide' here.

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Guildhall Shopping Centre & Queen St Dining

  • Disabled toilets
  • Multiple lifts are located at both ends of the centre, with a 1st floor walkway and ramp linking the two areas
  • The entrance from Queen Street has a purpose built ramp
  • All staff have attended training courses in subjects such as dementia awareness, blindness awareness, first aid, and disability training.
  • Assistance dogs welcome

Find out more about the Guildhall Shopping Centre's accessibility here.

Taste the flavours of Exeter

The Ivy

The newest, trendy restaurant on Exeter's foodie scene The Ivy provides "sophisticated yet friendly" dining, that has proven very popular to visitors and residents alike. Everyone can experience the glamour that everyone is talking about, as the building is accessible to wheelchair users! 

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Taste of South Street

The Taste of South Street is located in the heart of Exeter, which focuses on using fresh, local ingredients. This restaurant is accessible to wheelchair users and has fantastic views of Exeter Cathedral from their courtyard.

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On The Waterfront

On The Waterfront, known in Exeter for their delicious dustbin-lid pizzas, is accessible to a number of visitors. All areas are accessible to disabled visitors - there's access for wheelchair users, assistance and guide dogs are welcome, a ramp to main entrance, a toilet for disabled visitors and not to mentions there's ramp/lift access to the toilet. These pizza lovers also have menus available in large print format AND have all taken part in disablity awareness training. One Texas Cowboy pizza please!

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Pieminster

Tuck into Pieminister's scrumptious, award-winning pies - this cosy restaurant has wheelchair access for visitors and guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome!

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Boatyard Bakery and Café

Pick up your fresh sourdough bread, homemade soups, salads and cakes at the Boatyard Bakery and Café. Located on Exeter Quay, the building is accessible to disabled visitors, assistance dogs are welcome, it has level access, a ramp or lift to a public toilet, a ramp to the main entrance, a handrail by steps and toilets for disabled visitors.
 

Take day trips out of the city

If you fancy visiting one of Devon's top attractions whilst in Exeter, go for it! There are a number of fantastic days out for the whole family:

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Seaton Tramway

Head to Seaton Tramway for a day out like no other. Board a tram, step back in time and experience what use to be the only way to travel! All areas at this attraction are accessible to disabled visitors; guide dogs are welcome, there's disabled parking, ramp/level access to the trams and there are toilets for disabled visitors. 

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Stuart Line Cruises

Explore the glorious World Heritage Jurassic Coast with Stuart Line Cruises, a multi-award-winning, family-run passenger boat company. The cruises are accessible for wheelchair users, assistance and guide dogs are welcome, written commentary is available for hearing impaired visitors, there's parking and toilets available for disabled visitors plus ramp/level access to the boats. The only difficult thing will be choosing from their long list of cruises!

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For information about disabled access in our city, click here.

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Taste of South Street
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On The Waterfront
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On the Waterfront, Exeter - taken from across the Quay

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Queen St Dining entrance

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Seaton Tramway logo

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