Exeter, the capital of the county of Devon, is a great destination for a weekend away that is certainly worth considering. Just a 2 hour train journey from London, this West Country city has all the benefits of a ‘big little city’ – easy to navigate due to its size, but with plenty to do and see, check out these 5 great reasons for you to visit!
For those with an interest in history, Exeter has you covered. One must visit historical attraction is the famous Exeter cathedral, which was competed in 1400 and contains a really unique and beautiful astronomical clock – a clock that has hands to indicate the position of the sun in the sky.
A short hop to the shore
One of Exeter’s best features, alongside all the great stuff to do in the city, is its proximity to the beautiful Devon coastline. Take a walk along from the Exeter quayside, situated at the bottom of the cities high-street, and you can follow a peaceful footpath along the river Exe all the way the coast!
Slightly further afield, but only a short car journey from the city centre you can explore the red sandstone cliffs and bays of Devon’s famous Jurassic coast, definitely worth a visit.
Excellent street food
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday – located within the courtyard of the Guildhall shopping centre – you can find a wonderful array of unique and delicious street food stall and vans. From pulled pork wraps to spicy curries, you will sure to find a dish to suit your tastes.
You can then enjoy your lunch in the courtyard, with plenty of places to sit and relax. Why not finish your lunch off with some delicious gelato – the traditional Italian ice cream – from the market trader who sells it in a number of delicious and unique flavours.
A Museum of wonders
Whilst there are, as we have mentioned, many great things to do in Exeter – my favourite by far is the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Situated just a short walk from the city centre the RAMM offers up an eclectic mix of historical artefacts, artwork and much more.
Whilst not as vast as similar museums in London, the RAMM fits a great range of interesting exhibits into a relatively small area – which will find you walking from ancient Japanese swords to stuffed Elephants in just a few steps. The best bit about the museum? It’s completely free. This being said if you are as impressed by the museum as I was, you will certainly want to pop some money in their collection box on the way out.
Shop till you drop
Exeter has a great array of shops to keep you and your wallet busy when you visit. For every high-street shop you could possibly wish for you can take a walk through the new Princesshay shopping precinct, which also has loads of great restaurants for you to check out.
The real hidden gems can be found just outside the city centre. For super cool vintage clothing and trinkets – take a walk down Fore Street towards the river and you will find McCoys arcade, full of great independent shops.