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.
Food and drink
This sleepy town a few miles south of the city centre has become an unlikely hotspot for food, with a number of fantastic restaurants, markets and producers. Whether you’re after a fancy Michelin-starred meal or traditional, hearty pub fare, make the trip to Topsham at least once during your time in Exeter. The town also hosts the lively Matthews Hall Saturday market, where you can shop for produce from local farmers, cheesemakers and more.
Street food markets
In Exeter proper, there are three regular street food markets: one every Friday at Southernhay Gardens, and night markets on the Quay and the Piazza on Thursdays. These are great places to try lipsmackingly good local produce, often accompanied by live music. The city’s West Quarter also plays host to a Thursday farmers’ market where you can browse produce from Devon farms.
This being the South West, it would be an oversight not to sample one of the region’s famous cream teas while you’re here. Debate rages over whether Devon or Cornwall can lay claim to the greatest cream tea, but Exeter is definitely a good place to try it. Cream tea is served in cafés and hotels throughout the city.