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 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.