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 city centre is small and generally easily navigable on foot. For longer distances, Stagecoach operates an extensive bus network throughout the city and beyond.
The city also has a Park & Ride service with sites at Honiton Road, Sowton and Matford. The Honiton Road service runs every 12 minutes, seven days a week. The Sowton and Matford services run every 15 minutes Monday—Saturday. Discounted group tickets are available for up to five people – a great option if you’re travelling as a family or with a group of friends.
It’s easy to travel around Exeter by taxi, and there are numerous taxi companies to choose from. Some of the biggest include Apple Taxis and Exe Cars.
Cathedral Green: For history
Exeter Cathedral is the city’s most popular attraction for good reason. This magnificent building dating back almost 1,000 years includes guided tours in its admission charge. Its café is worth a visit, too, for a delicious lunch or afternoon tea beneath the stunning vaulted ceiling. The area around the cathedral is a hub for Exeter life, with the Cathedral Green hosting Christmas markets, craft fairs and exhibitions throughout the year.
The Guildhall area: For live music
For a city of its size, Exeter punches above its weight when it comes to live music, with several venues in close proximity to one another near the Guildhall. The most iconic is the Cavern, hosting bands and DJs nightly since 1991. Famous names to have graced the stage here in their early careers include Muse, Coldplay and Biffy Clyro. Just down the road is the Phoenix, with international touring acts and emerging artists across a variety of genres, from folk to electronica.
Topsham: For restaurants
This historic fishing town just five miles (8km) from the city centre has a reputation for its great restaurants and pubs, many on the banks of the River Exe. Whether you’re after Michelin-starred haute cuisine or traditional pub grub, it has something for you. It’s also a great place to shop for goods from local producers. The Matthews Hall Saturday market sells cheese, meats, olives and more, while the Fish Shed is the place to go for the freshest catch from the Devon coast.
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