Valentine's Day doesn't have to cost the earth as it should be about spending precious time with your loved one.

We've put together our top picks on how to make that special day one you'll treasure but without having to spend lots of money to declare your love. 

Mars: War and Peace - Exeter Cathedral

There's always a sense of romance in the air about Exeter Cathedral so how about experiencing artist Luke Jerram's famous installation, Mars: War and Peace in the stunning nave. Measuring seven metres in diameter and at an approximate scale of 1:1 million, you'll be sharing your love to the stars and well beyond.

Tickets are only £6 and you can book for time slots between 9:30am and 3:30pm on Valentine's Day itself.

Free guided tour of Devon and Exeter Institution

Seeing as Valentine's Day falls on a Wednesday this year then you can take advantage of discovering this delightful heritage haven and living library in the heart of the city. Adapted from what was once the townhouse of the Courtenay family, the library is housed in two elegant Georgian rooms which provide space for research and reading, educational activities, cultural events and lectures.

Free tours take place every Wednesday afternoon, 1pm to 4pm, and last around 20 minutes. There’s no need to book and simply meet outside the Institution at 7 Cathedral Close or use the buzzer if the doors are closed.

What do you heart? - RAMM

Valentine's Day isn't just about loved up couples as RAMM are hosting an event with a twist, that the whole family can get involved in. Forget heart emojis this year – come along and weave a paper heart that you can share with a friend, family member or even a pet. There's absolutely no limit as to who or where you can share your heart with as it might even belong to a special location or the environment.

Come along to RAMM on Tuesday 13th February, 10:30am to 3:30pm. Entry to the museum is free and just £3.50 per child for this event.

Underground Passages

How deep is your love? Well you could put this truly to the test with a rather unique visit to Exeter's famous Underground Passages - the only ones of their kind open to the public in Britain! Narrow, dark, interesting - it's not the most romantic setting we know but it's certainly memorable and it's not every day you get to go back in time and take a walk beneath the streets and buildings of Exeter.

Ticket's to the passages are only £7.50 but pre-booking is advisable as they are popular.

Haldon Forest Park

How about escaping it all with a visit to Haldon Forest Park, where if you're lucky you might have the trails to yourself and you can fall in love with the great outdoors. The stunning views and fantastic scenery are enough to win over anyone but if you're still not convinced then check out our blog on why you should visit the forest this year It's full of inspiration to get you out and exploring, whether alone or with your loved ones.

You could even take your love to new heights with an adrenalin fuelled trip to Go Ape while at Haldon Forest Park. 


Explore 16 galleries at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
Family fun at RAMM

Victorian on the outside but a cornucopia of every era inside, a visit to this multi award-winning museum should not be missed.

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Strolling through Haldon Forest Park and enjoying the stunning views

Whether you want a gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. Open 364 days of the year, there is something for every interest to connect you with the great outdoors.

Devon & Exeter Institution
Arts & Heritage
The Library of Devon & Exeter Institution

The Institution occupies historic premises at the heart of Exeter in the Cathedral Close. Adapted from what was once a house belonging to the Courtenay family, the library of the Institution is housed in two elegant Georgian rooms which provide space for research and reading, educational activities, cultural events and lectures.

Exeter's Underground Passages
Historic Site
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.



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