Trains to Exeter

"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 town and the administrative capital of Britain’s southwest peninsula. This historic cathedral city is known for its good blend of culture, education, retail, arts, and history. Today, Exeter serves as the commercial and service centre for the largely agricultural hinterland. The city has excellent facilities for tourists, although the tourist scene does not really dominate. Yet, it gets voted regularly as among the top 3 cities in the UK to live.

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Visiting Exeter by Train

The Exeter St Davids railway station is the principal station of Exeter. It lies along the line of London Paddington to Cornwall, with an hourly service coming from the London Paddington station most of the day. There are also several smaller stations serving local and regional services, including St. James’s Park, St Thomas, and Central. The city centre is only a 5-min walk from the central station.

The central area of Exeter is fairly small and can be easily explored on foot. Begin your tour at the Exeter Cathedral, the city’s top attraction. This magnificent Gothic-style cathedral is said to possess the longest unbroken stone of roof beam in the world. The Powderham Castle is another historic building in Exeter that was built in 1391 and used to be the home of the Earl of Devon.

Another historical building that’s worth a visit in Exeter is the Guildhall, which is said to be the oldest municipal building in the entire England that is still being used for its original purpose. The Historic Quayside of Exeter that includes the Custom House built in the 17th century has been recently renovated and is now the headquarters of the city’s archaeological service. There are also medieval churches featuring remarkable architecture and are scattered within the city centre. Among these are the St. Mary Arches, St. Martin’s, St. Olave’s, and St. Mary Steps.

Other famous attractions in the city are the Parliament Street, said to be the world’s narrowest street, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the St. Nicholas Priory, and the Rougemont Castle.

Main stations in Exeter

  • Exeter
  • Exeter St David's
  • Exeter St Thomas
  • St James Park