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Places to stay in Exeter

Exeter is a city steeped in history. As the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain, Exeter would eventually come under Saxon rule after defeating the Britons in 658. Since then it has been under Danish, French and royalist jurisdiction, adding to the city's unique historical fabric.

Despite suffering heavy bombing in the Baedecker Blitz of 1942, and following major rebuilding projects, Exeter still remains to be one of the most attractive destinations for travellers heading to the South West. In much the same way as nearby cities such as Bath and Plymouth, it is best-defined by its architecture, friendly locals and excellent food, while also delivering great bars and nightlife for younger people

Hostels in Exeter
Hostels in Exeter

If you're looking for a place to relax near the city, or somewhere a little more remote to explore stunning areas of natural beauty such as Dartmoor, YHA has both hostels and camping barns available in and around Exeter. Activity holidays and urban exploration are at the top of the menu here, giving you a plethora of things to do in the area!


Five Free Things To Do in Exeter

Exeter's Historic Quayside
If you want to explore one of the most attractive areas of the city, then head to the quayside. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it exhibits fascinating history, offers lively pubs and restaurants, and is home to some genuinely interesting architecture.

St Peter's Cathedral
Home to the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic stone vaulting in the world, Exeter Cathedral offers some truly stunning things to see, including the Bishop's Throne - one of the finest pieces of woodwork in the country - as well as a 12th century clock and the tomb and effigy of Bishop Walter Bronescombe, who began the rebuilding of this stunning building.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
As one of the most celebrated museums in the country, the "RAMM" received a multimillion pound redevelopment from Exeter City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund that led to it being given the Art Fund's Museum of the Year 2012 award.

The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture
Set up in 1994, this fascinating museum contains an enormous collection of good relating to the history of film and visual media over the decades, from shadow puppets and Shirley Temple dolls to magic lanterns and Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.

While it's a little way out of Exeter, you can easily escape the hustle and bustle of the city and visit one of the UK's most celebrated national parks, taking part in cycling, hiking, mountaineering and more.

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