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  • 1. History

    Hellenistic coins that have been unearthed in Exeter reveal that the city was trading with Mediterranean sellers as early as 250 BC. The city was the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain. Over 1,000 Roman coins have been found in the area, demonstrating its importance as a Roman trading centre. Other important historical events in Exeter’s history inclu...Read morede the building of Exeter Cathedral in 1050 and the city’s 1067 rebellion against the William the Conqueror. The city saw growth during the Industrial Revolution because of its ready access to water power due to the fast flowing river, but during the 19th century Exeter was too far from coal and iron sources and development slowed. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Exeter is a historic city in Devon that is a great place to visit. It is a very cultural city that offers a lot of things to do whether you want to visit historical sites or visit one of the city’s many excellent galleries.

  • 3. Events

    Exeter is the home of many events throughout the year including the Beautiful Days music festival, Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink and Exeter Farmer’s Market, which takes place every Thursday. The Exeter Respect Festival is a two day event that celebrates diversity within the community and every June performers flock to the city for the Exeter Fringe Festival.

  • 4. Attractions

    Exeter cathedral was founded in 1050 and is a must see for anyone visiting the city. There are a number of medieval churches in Exeter including St Mary Steps and there is also the Exeter Synagogue which was completed in 1763 and is the third oldest synagogue in Britain. The Northernhay Gardens is the oldest public space in England and was originally created as a ‘pleasure ...Read morewalk’ for Victorian residents. At St Nicholas Priory you can experience Tudor history first hand in a replica Elizabethan town house. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    If you want to enjoy a traditional Devonshire cream tea, then head down to the Historic Quayside. Exeter has a number of award winning restaurants that serve delicious food to suit all tastes and budgets. At the River Exe and the Exeter Canal you can enjoy many different activities including canoeing, rafting, hiring a pedalo, cycling or just walking. If you are an art lover,...Read more then you will be spoilt for choice in Exeter as the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Spacex display a range of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from a wide range of artists. Read less

  • 6. Business

    Exeter has been acclaimed as one of the best places in Britain for a business to be based. This is because of the city’s excellent transport links abroad and to the rest of the country.

  • 7. Transport

    The M5 motorway to Bristol and Birmingham begins at Exeter and connects to London and South Wales with the M4. There are two main railway stations in the city: Exeter Central and Exeter St Davids. The Exeter International Airport offers both international and domestic flights and lies to the east of the city.

  • 8. Entertainment

    Exeter’s Northcott Theatre is located on the campus of Exeter University and their repertory company are renowned for their open air Shakespeare performances that take place in the grounds of Roguemont Castle. They are many pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs in Exeter and you are promised a fun filled night out in the city.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Roguemont Castle and Exeter Cathedral are two of the most famous landmarks in the city. Exeter or St Peter’s Cathedral still maintains two Norman towers that were part of the building when it was first consecrated in 1133.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Chris Martin from Coldplay was born in Exeter in 1977. The lead singer from one of the world’s biggest bands attended Exeter Cathedral School.


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