Visit Exeter with First Great Western and discover an intimate city brimming with colourful character and steeped in ancient history.

Adding to its Roman heritage and historic grandeur, Exeter is a vibrant, friendly city with a busy quayside packed with cafés, bars and restaurants. The city is a walker's paradise with Roman walls, underground passageways and cobbled streets to explore.

Exeter's imposing St Peter's Cathedral stands guard over the ancient stone streets in Cathedral Close. Go back in time with the Red Coat Guides to tour the Roman walls and explore the shops and bars of the booming dockside. In winter, have a flutter at scenic Exeter Racecourse, sitting high on Haldon Hill.

See Exeter from a whole new angle in its labyrinthine web of underground passages. This maze of medieval walkways under the city centre was built to bring fresh water into the city via lead pipes leading from the countryside. Once you're above ground again, catch street performers and all the new quality stores in the Princesshay Quarter.

Culture & heritage

Exeter is rich with museums – you can browse collections of maritime history, dolls and toys, or explore the city's Roman past. A trip to the Phoenix Centre puts a whole raft of arts at your feet, with live music, film and drama all on the menu.

Make sure you visit Exeter’s magnificent St Peter’s Cathedral. Find out more on the Exeter Cathedral website and start planning your visit.



There's rare-breed pork and local honey on offer at the South Street Farmers' Market and antiques and jewellery at The Quay. Find fashion leader Top Shop and cool brands like Reiss and River Island in Princesshay or browse elegant boutiques on Gandy Street.

Food & drink

Foodies will love the seafood restaurants dotted along Exeter's Quayside. Feast on lobster and crab fresh from local boats or choose local organic vegetables from the stalls at the monthly Slow Food Market. Head across the river on the Butts Ferry floating bridge to sample Italian cuisine in Haven Banks.

Music & nightlife

Exeter's Vibraphonic Festival in March sees hundreds of well-known and up-and-coming artists play venues across the city.


There's a little leafy gem hidden within the Exeter streets. Stroll between the oaks and ash trees of Dunsford Wood or picnic along the river bank. Northernhay Gardens has great views across the city and acres of greenery, but if it's wide open spaces you're after, head straight off to the wilds of Dartmoor National Park.


Smart travellers will find that the best way to see Exeter is with one of the free Red Coat Guides. Seven days a week the guides lead walks exploring the likes of 'Hidden Exeter' and 'Murder and Mayhem'. Both the maritime and wildlife collections at the Topsham Museum and the Bill Douglas Centre offer free entry.

There’s lots to see and do in Exeter, so don’t waste time in queues, buy your train tickets, travel passes and Exeter attraction tickets online.

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