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.
Arriving at Exeter Airport
Exeter Airport is around six miles (9km) east of Exeter city centre. There is no train station at the airport itself, but there are several within a short taxi ride. The nearest is Cornbrook, three miles (5km) away, which connects to Exeter St Davids, the city’s main train station. Exeter St Davids itself is only seven miles (11km) away, while Exeter Central, in the middle of the city, is six miles (9km) away.
Taxis can be found at the Apple Central Taxis stand outside the arrivals hall. This is the official airport taxi company, and rides must be pre-booked either by phone (01392 666 666) or in person at the taxi desk inside the arrivals hall. Given the proximity of the airport to the city, most visitors get a taxi to their hotel rather than to a train station, if they are staying in Exeter itself.
The airport has its own bus stop, with route 56 running between Exeter St Davids railway station and the airport.
If you want your own car to explore the area around Exeter, it’s best to book car hire in advance.
Exeter boasts a rich calendar of festivals and events, reflecting its status as one of the South West’s major hubs for culture and the arts.
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink
Foodies love the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, held every May Day bank holiday weekend in Northernhay Gardens (the oldest public gardens in England) and the adjacent courtyard of Exeter Castle. Celebrating the finest food produced in the South West, it was co-founded by local celebrity chef Michael Caines, who leads a programme of live cooking demonstrations as part of the festival.
Exeter Craft Festival
For more than 40 years the Cathedral Green has hosted this festival each July to celebrate the West Country’s finest craftspeople and artisans. All kinds of curiosities can be found here, from stoneware jewellery to still-life art, and from wooden toys to fine silks. Food comes courtesy of local producers too, and there’s a wide range of entertainment on offer including traditional Punch and Judy shows.
Exeter is home to this, the biggest dance music festival in the South West, at Powderham Castle in early September each year.