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.
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.