Exeter

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Saturday: 9am - 5pm
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Bank Hols: 10am - 4pm

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Places to stay in Exeter

Situated close to the Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor National Park and the beautiful English Riviera, Exeter is the ideal location for a city break, bursting with opportunities to head out into the country during your trip. A network of footpaths covers the rural area surrounding Exeter, as well as plenty of National Trust sights, making it ideal for a few days of fresh air without straying too far from the conveniences of the city!

Exeter itself offers an endless number of attractions, whether you're interested in the culture and heritage or just want to explore the shops and markets in the commerce centre. Tours around the city offer a fascinating insight into the history of the area; for a really spooky afternoon you can even take an underground tour of the medieval water system! On the High Street you'll find a number of recognisable brands, while if you make your way down through the side streets you'll come across a number of independent stores, offering everything from local produce to handmade jewellery and gifts.

 
Hostels in Exeter
Hostels in Exeter

YHA offers many accommodation options for visitors to Exeter, all within a short distance of this historic city. From camping barns to spacious hostels, you can combine a visit to the city with a stay in the countryside.

 

Five Free Things To Do in Exeter

Free Guided Tour
You can take a free guided tour with one of the city's many volunteer Red Coats. Tours last around 90 minutes, and provide an ideal way to get your bearings and learn about the main sights.

Exeter Cathedral
This beautiful gothic building is Exeter's top attraction. Visitors are always welcome to tour the inside of the structure, which features a truly stunning nave and panoramic views over the city from the towers. There are also charming gardens to relax in around the exterior.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Gallery
This excellent museum is Exeter's largest, and boasts a vast number of exhibitions on the city's history as well as a beautiful art gallery and regular events.

Cycling
Take the bikes and head out to Exe Estuary Cycle Trail, which starts just outside the YHA Exeter hostel. This trail is suitable for all abilities, and there's a wealth of wildlife to discover along the way.

Fossil Hunting
With the Jurassic Coast so close by, it's hard to take a break to Exeter without going on a fossil trail. Head to Charmouth, where the visitor centre offers guided walks, or just go hunting for natural souvenirs for a fun and relaxing day on the beach.

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