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.


Exeter is a small city, but it offers plenty in the way of nightlife, buoyed partly by its large student population. The city is home to a great number of pubs and bars, as well as a handful of nightclubs. A nice way to kick off an evening is with some relaxed drinks on the Quayside, where you’ll find a good range of bars, pubs and restaurants overlooking the River Exe and the Exeter Ship Canal.

Catching some live music is a popular way to spend an evening in Exeter, which has long served as a hub for up-and-coming bands and artists across the South West. The area around the Guildhall is a good place to head, with the Cavern and the Phoenix hosting local and international acts throughout the week.

Exeter is also home to a thriving theatre scene for a city of its size, with three main theatres and a number of other performing arts spaces. The Northcott Theatre on the university’s Streatham Campus hosts a varied programme of drama, opera, dance and comedy among other things. The Barnfield, meanwhile, is devoted to supporting local playwrights, performers and musicians.