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"Well-heeled and comfortable, Exeter exudes evidence of its centuries-old role as the spiritual and administrative heart of Devon.” Lonely Planet
Exeter is Devon’s county city and the capital of the United Kingdom's southwest peninsula. The historic cathedral city is known for its blend of culture, retail, arts, and history. Today, Exeter serves as the commercial and service centre for the mostly agricultural county. The city provides an excellent base for tourists.
The central area of Exeter is relatively small, and you can easily explore it on foot. Begin your tour at the Exeter Cathedral, the city’s top attraction; this magnificent Gothic-style cathedral has the longest unbroken stone beam in the world. The Powderham Castle is another historic building in Exeter, built in 1391; it used to be the Earl of Devon's home.
Another historical building worth a visit in Exeter is the Guildhall being the oldest existing municipal building in England. The Historic Quayside of Exeter includes the Custom House built in the 17th century that has been recently renovated and is now the headquarters of the Exeter archaeological service. Medieval churches featuring remarkable architecture are scattered throughout the city centre. Among these are St. Mary Arches, St. Martin’s, St. Olave’s, and St. Mary Steps.
Other famous attractions in Exeter include Parliament Street, the world’s narrowest street, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, St. Nicholas Priory, and the Rougemont Castle.
The restaurants of Exeter provide a great reason to visit the city. The Pig and Pallet is a delicious American style BBQ venue, using only locally sourced produce from Devon. Not only is the food delicious, but the atmosphere and staff are great too. Make sure to book in advance to be sure to get a seat.
Main stations in Exeter
- Exeter St David's
- Exeter St Thomas
- St James Park
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Exeter?
The fastest way is to take the train to Exeter St. Davids from London, it takes just over two hours to get from London Paddington to Exeter on GWR's fast service. Alternatively, you can take the West Coast mainline from Birmingham or the North of England - times will vary depending on where you are but typically express services all stop in Exeter.
How many train stations are there in Exeter?
There are four major train stations in Exeter. Of these, Exeter St. Davids is the main station where intercity services stop.