Exeter

Exeter is the regional capital of the South West. This vibrant cathedral city steeped in over 2000 years of history and heritage has a great deal to offer the visitor. Situated on the river Exe, Exeter boasts the great location of being close to both water and the stunning countryside which surrounds the city.

In the centre there are all the retail facilities you would expect in a city of this size coupled with quaint cobbled streets that have many charming specialist shops - try Gandy Street for some unique and artistic buys.

Down by the quay soak up the atmosphere in a café overlooking the beautiful docks or alternatively pop into the visitor centre where you can experience the history and development of the Quayside described in lively displays and illustrations.

At night Exeter has a lively mix of entertainment, catering for all tastes and budgets - there is a wide selection of pubs, restaurants, wine bars and nightclubs. Particularly worth a visit is the area around the Cathedral and the Quay for restaurants and bars with charisma and character.

There are many historic attractions to keep the visitor busy from the underground passages to the Guildhall and Royal Albert Memorial museum. The cathedral church of Saint Peter, which offers guided tours from April to October, is a prominent structure of beauty located at the heart of the city.

To discover an insight into the history of Exeter, why not follow a free guided tour on foot around the city - most tours begin outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Yard and last for approximately 90 minutes.

Nearby places of interest are Exmouth, Sidmouth and Topsham - a historic port town with fascinating architecture and stunning views of the Exe estuary.