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Guide to Exeter

A city full of heritage and culture, Exeter has a wealth of attractions to suit all tastes and has a fantastic buzz about it. From its stunning Gothic Cathedral to its beautiful, lively nightlife and historic Quayside, Exeter has plenty to keep visitors of all age ranges, occupied at any time of the year.

Explore Exeter's colourful past and hidden secrets with the Red Coat Guided Tours. These free tours run daily throughout the year and are guaranteed to enthuse and excite whatever your age! You can discover more about Exeter's history at the Quay House Visitor Centre, a 17th century building displaying lively illustrations and artifacts, with 2000 years of Exeter's history described in just 15 minutes through an exciting audio-visual presentation.

Exeter Cathedral is an imposing structure of beauty and antiquity in the heart of the city, and with its stunning architecture inside and out, there is something new to discover with each visit. In the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral Close, you will find historic pubs and restaurants serving delicious local food and drink, or for an excellent mix of restaurants serving cuisine to suit all tastes, head for Exeter's side streets such as the cobbled Gandy Street, or the picturesque Historic Quayside. With food halls serving the best and freshest of seasonal local produce, weekly farmers markets and an exciting annual food festival, Exeter is an ideal destination for food and drink lovers! The header of this site is of these fantastic grounds!

Exeter's Underground Passages re-opened in September 2007 with a brand new visitor centre packed with interactive exhibits and improved interpretation. Dating from the 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain. They were built to house the pipes that brought fresh water to the city. Visitors to the Underground Interpretation Centre pass through an exhibition and video presentation before their guided tour of the exciting passages themselves.

For those who fancy shopping as well as sightseeing, Exeter has plenty to offer with over 350 independent shops adding to the major High Street names, many of which are housed in historic buildings, and with two undercover shopping areas in the city centre ,the Guildhall and Harlequins, visitors can continue to shop whatever the weather! Autumn 2007 saw the opening of the award-winning Princesshay development, a pedestrianised open space with 60 new and exciting retailers, cafes and restaurants.

The cycle trail continues on to Powderham which is mainly a cycle path.


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