Local attractions

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Address: Bystock Terrace, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4HY. Directions

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter’s St Peters Cathedral with its two magnificent towers has been dominating the city’s skyline since 1114 and is one of the finest examples of Gothic work in England today.

Directions: Located just off Exeter’s High Street

Tel: 01392 285983

Exeter cathedral website

Exeter’s Underground Passages

Unique medieval passages built under Exeter’s city centre dating back to the 14th century to provide the city with a constant supply of fresh water from springs outside the walls.

Directions: Entrance located in Paris Street

Tel: 01392 665887

Exeter underground passages website

Quay House Visitor Centre

Quayside is brought to life with lively displays, illustrations and artifacts.

Directions: Follow signs for the Historic Quayside.

Tel: 01392 271611

Exeter’s Red Coat Guided Tours

Guided walking tours are the perfect way to explore Exeter and discover one of the oldest cities in England.

Directions: Entrance located in Paris Street

Tel: 01392 665887

St.Nicholas Priory, off Fore Street

The Priory was founded in 1087 and is the only remaining monastic building to survive in central Exeter.

St. Nicholas Priory website

Northernhay Gardens / Rougemont Gardens/ Castle

Rougemont Gardens are set below the castle walls where part of the moat once lay. Although now dry, it is easily identified by the dip in the landscape’s contour. Following a footpath to the higher end of the gardens will eventually lead you to a gate in the wall. Upon passing through this gate you will arrive in the beautiful gardens of Northernhay. These gardens are believed to be the first public gardens to be built in the country.

Rougemont Gardens website

The castle was built in 1068 under the instruction of William the Conqueror. For years the castle’s yard was used as a place in which people could gather. The county courts built in 1774 until recently occupied the inner part of the castle so these meetings have not been possible in recent times. It is hoped now that the courts have moved to new buildings that this great historic castle and yard be opened up again for residents and visitors to see.

Exeter Roman & Medieval City Wall

During the 2nd century the Roman Legions started constructing the city walls to help with its defences. The building work continued through the Dark Ages with the citys’ occupying defenders adding to the Roman foundations. Although parts of the wall have been repaired and rebuilt since the original construction, large sections of the Roman and medieval wall still stand today.

St Nicholas Priory

The Priory of St Nicholas is a well preserved wing of a once much larger building dating back to the eleventh century in the times of William the Conqueror. The Norman features include a large guest hall, which was used by the Prior for entertaining.

Exe Estuary

The Exe stretches for six miles from Exeter and has an amazing diversity of bird life.

www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/e/exeestuary/index.asp

Valley Parks

The five valley parks offer water meadows and woodland and an array of wildlife.

www.exeter-devon.co.uk/park/riverside_valley.html

University Gardens

The University of Exeter 400 acre campus is one of the best in England The grounds offer everything from a botanical garden and arboretum to an extensive flowering heather bed and sculpture walk.

University Gardens website

Shopping

If you like shopping, whether you are buying for yourself or someone special, Exeter has the shops to satisfy everybody’s taste.

The main shopping centre of Exeter is extensively pedestrianised. Exeter has recently undergone a huge revamp to the Princesshay area, which took over four years to finish. The development officially opened on the 20th September 2007 has added further to Exeter’s shopping appeal bringing many top brands to the city.

Princesshay has also become the home to several new eating establishments, many providing a continental pavement-café service within Princesshay Square and Blue Boy Square.

Princeshay website

Exeter High Street is still the main shopping street in the centre with Princesshay being just one of a number of shopping zones that lead off this central street. Others, including Harlequins and the Guildhall shopping centres, Queen Street, South Street and Sidwell Street all offering plenty more.

Gandy Street is a charismatic street full of trendy independent retailers promoting fashion, food, music, gifts, jewellery and fun! With plenty going on, this charming little street is popular by day and by night. The street which dates from the Saxon and has conserved its medieval form got its present name from Henry Gandy, a former mayor of Exeter in 1661.

Gandy Street website