Exeter’s colourful history has seen it survive Roman rule and bombing in the Blitz.
Today the city is celebrated as a hub for culture and the arts from across South West England. Away from the bars of the city centre, the wilds of Dartmoor lie waiting to be explored.
Top of any sightseeing list in Exeter should be its cathedral, one of the finest of its kind in the United Kingdom (and that’s saying something). Dating from 1050, it has the largest vaulted ceiling in England.
Exeter’s spookiest attraction, this network of subterranean tunnels was built in the 14th and 15th centuries to pipe fresh water to the city. Today, guides lead visitors on tours through the tunnels, teaching them about their use as shelters during the Blitz, about life in Exeter during medieval times, and about the tunnels’ ghoulish inhabitants.
The City Wall
Exeter’s history dates back far further even than its historic cathedral: the settlement was an important outpost in Roman times. A significant proportion (around 70%) of the original city wall still exists, parts of it dating back 2,000 years. The self-guided city wall walk is a great way to get a feel for Exeter’s ancient history.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, known to all as RAMM, is Exeter’s finest cultural space, packed with exhibitions and galleries showcasing natural history and culture from prehistory to the modern day. The collections about Exeter and Devon are the finest anywhere, but the World Cultures and Egyptian collections are also superb.
This medieval manor house, about six miles (10km) south of the city overlooking the River Exe, is worth the journey for its grand interior and beautiful grounds with more than 600 fallow deer.