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Visitor information for Exeter in Devon

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Since it was established as the most westerly Roman outpost, Exeter has had an eventful history. At the time of the Norman Conquest it was one of England's largest towns. During the Tudor period, the expansion of the wool trade supported the city.

Today, Exeter is a thriving city ideally located for touring the West Country. Within minutes visitors can explore the Devon lanes and picturesque villages the area is so famous for.

One of the finest examples of medieval architecture in England, the Cathedral of St Peter is the most distinctive feature of Exeter's skyline. Venture inside and you will find the longest Gothic ceiling in the world. The Astronomical Clock, also in the Cathedral, is reputed to be the inspiration for the nursery rhyme ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’.

In the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral Close are historic pubs and restaurants serving delicious local food and drink, or for an excellent mix of restaurants serving cuisine to suit all tastes, head for Exeter’s side streets such as the cobbled Gandy Street, or the European piazza style Bedford Square. With award winning restaurants serving the best and freshest of seasonal local produce and weekly farmers markets, you will be spoilt for choice in Exeter.

Superb displays of fine art and artifacts from all periods of Exeter's history can be found in Exeter's Museums. At the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery there is something of interest for everyone - with an exciting programme of exhibitions, workshops and children's activities. Explore beneath the city's High Street in a labyrinth of medieval waterways or join a guided tour with the Exeter Red Coat Guides.

Exeter is recognised as offering some of the best shopping in the south west with distinct quarters appealing to shoppers of all tastes. The Princesshay Quarter in the heart of the city offers a pedestrianised open space with a mix of designer and High Street names, whilst the Castle and West Quarters offer independent boutiques, jewellers, art and craft galleries, plus vintage and retro boutiques.

Exeter’s Historic Quayside is just a short walk from the city centre and is an ideal place for a relaxing walk or cycle ride. You can learn more about Exeter’s history at the Quay House Visitor Centre, a 17th century building displaying lively illustrations, artefacts, and 2,000 years of history described in just 15 minutes through an exciting short film.

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