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Cathedral City of Exeter
Exeter has always had real character due to its lovely Cathedral, which is surrounded by peaceful green spaces and cobbled streets.
It is the regional capital of the South West. This vibrant Cathedral city steeped in over 2000 years of history and heritage has a great deal to offer the visitor. Situated on the river Exe, Exeter boasts the great location of being close to both water and the stunning countryside which surrounds the city.
Exeter’s sights are nicer than those of any other town in Devon and Cornwall. The legacy of an eventful history since its Celtic foundation and the establishment of the most westerly Roman outport.
Exeter is one of the best cities in the South West for shopping, all within a square mile of the historic city centre, including the ultra-modern Princesshay Shopping Mall and the quirky, individual shops of Gandy Street and Cathedral Close.
Places to visit:
Exeter Cathedral. Tel: 01392 255573 EX1 1HS
The Cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful inside and out! Look out for the Gothic facade of the Norman cathedral where rows of figures include kings Alfred, Athelstan, Canute, William the Conqueror and Richard II. And is a place not to be missed in Devon. www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street. Tel: 01392 665858 EX4 3RX
The collections contain items of local, national and international importance. Many are of outstanding historical and cultural significance. An interesting and informative day out, and the picture gallery has some good specimens of West Country art alongside work by other artists associated with Devon. www.rammuseum.org.uk
Exeter Underground Passages, 2 Paris Street. Tel: 01392 665887 EX1 1GA
A unique destination - the only one of its type in the UK. These 14th century underground passages were designed to bring water into the city. The passages can be normally visited as part of a 50-minute guided tour. They provide a hint of the forgotten world beneath modern day Exeter. www.exeter.gov.uk/passages
St Nicholas Priory, Mint Lane. Exeter Tel: 01392 665858 EX4 3BL
A Tudor Home. Since Combe House is an Elizabethan Manor this is a “must do” visit. A large display of Elizabethan items give a wonderful insight into Tudor life in the city of Exeter. Part of a small Benedictine foundation that became a merchant’s home after the Dissolution; the interior has been restored to what it might have looked like in the Tudor era. www.exeter.gov.uk/St_Nicholas_Priory
Exeter Red Coat Guide. Tel: 01392 265203 EX1 1GS
FREE. The perfect way to discover Exeter – most tours take around 90 minutes, and there’s an impressive variety to chose from. No booking is required, simply choose a tour, meet your Red Coat Guide and spend 90 minutes discovering Exeter. www.exeter.gov.uk/Red_Coat
Cathedral City of Exeter, close to Combe House Hotel at Gittisham, nr Honiton, Devon
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