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Famous for its Gothic architectural designs, Exeter is the county municipality of Devon and its many districts. The city is the administrative and historic area that hosts the county's council offices. The town strategically sits in southwest England, roughly 16 kilometres from the River Exe's estuary entrance to the English Channel. The locality's port connects to the sea by a canal, but it is only accessible by smaller vessels. The city is a prime example of a historical English town that flourished into a gothic cathedral metropolitan after serving as a Roman-British centre.

As this area is home to the renowned University of Exeter, you'll find plenty of budget accommodation options in the area, including hostels, apartments and private home rental options. There are also many mid-range hotels, motels, luxury hotels and fully furnished villas with spacious lush-green gardens. With everything from relaxing cabins to cosy bed-and-breakfast options, you won't have any problem finding accommodation with great facilities, no matter your travelling budget.

What to see and do in Exeter

  • Underground Passages: Have fun touring these 14th-century vaulted tunnels.
  • Crealy Theme Park & Resort: Great for a family day; there are lots of family attractions and themed rides for everyone to enjoy.
  • Exeter Cathedral: This Gothic edifice offers scenic views from the rooftop and guided tours.
  • Bill Douglas Cinema Museum: You can experience the many interesting displays of British film history.
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery: From pre-historic times to the present day, you’ll find a range of artworks featuring depictions of the county’s growth.
  • Exe Estuary Pest Control: An ideal location for birdwatching, cycling and avocets.
  • Devon Wildlife Trust: Here, you can experience a beautiful nature reserve, marine conservation, wildlife and the river.
  • Northernhay Gardens: The landscaped gardens surrounding Exeter Castle are picturesque. You can also take a walk around the old city wall.
  • Country Park: This leafy countryside park is ideal for picnics. You’ll also catch sporadic glimpses of stunning wildlife.
  • Outdoor Swimming: There are many outdoor swimming places, including lakes, rivers and lidos.

What to eat in Exeter

Some of the more exotic local foods of the area include duck liver, lobster and langoustine cannelloni. Other favourites include:

  • Fish and Seafood: Due to its location, the city has a lot of fish recipes on the menu, including mackerel, sole and scallops.
  • Appams: These are tasty vegetarian pancakes made of fermented rice flour and served with various stews.
  • Cheese: A local favourite, you’ll find a variety of cheese types with different tastes and textures.

Typical events and festivals in Exeter

  • Festival of South West Food and Drink: This event takes place annually and is a calendar highlight.
  • Let’s Rock: This is a music event that brings together great bands for live performances. This retro event features many famous artists, such as Kim Wilde, Adam Ant, Tony Hadley and Howard Jones.
  • Devon County Show: This city-wide celebration usually takes place mid-year. It showcases various aspects of life in the county and a range of shopping opportunities, great food, and lively entertainment.
  • Craft Festival: This three-day event involves displays of arts and crafts created by some of the town’s best artists. It occurs in July and is one of the major highlights on the area's cultural calendar.
  • Respect Festival: This is the city’s devoted celebration of diversity.
  • Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival: This is a newer action-packed family festival, which takes place in August during the bank holidays.

How to move around in Exeter

The municipality offers a range of public transportation options, such as rail services, taxis, buses and tour shuttles. You can also purchase train tickets or hire a car if you prefer travelling at your convenience. You could also consider purchasing a PlusBus ticket if you're planning to stick around the area for a while. The ticket provides you unlimited bus travel throughout the city's entire urban area, valid only with services provided by participating operators.

The climate in Exeter

Located about 50 metres above sea level, the climate here is temperate and warm. Even the driest months experience a considerable amount of rainfall. Most of the years, the days are partly cloudy. The daily temperature typically ranges between 2° C to 21 °C. The weather will rarely dip below -3° C or go rise above 25° C. Generally, the months between June and September offer the most pleasant temperatures, averaging highs of 20° C and lows of 11° C. The coldest months are from December to February, experiencing average highs of 9° C and lows dropping around 2° C. It rains about half of the year in Exeter, recording roughly 171 days of rain and accumulates 450 mm (18 inches) of precipitation throughout the year. Winters are long, wet, cold and windy, but summers are generally comfortable without much relative humidity.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Exeter

The most centrally located hotels in Exeter with the best ratings are: Oakcliffe Hotel, Hotel St Andrews and Hotel Mercure Exeter Southgate.

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Exeter, we recommend Hotel The Devon, Hotel Gipsy Hill and Hotel Mercure Exeter Southgate.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Exeter are Hotel Best Western Lord Haldon, Hotel Mercure Exeter Southgate and Hotel The Devon.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Exeter with express check-in and check-out are Hotel Mercure Exeter Southgate and Hotel Best Western Lord Haldon.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Exeter are Hotel Mill Farm, Hotel The Devon and Oakcliffe Hotel.

In Exeter, Hotel The Devon, Hotel St Andrews and Hotel Gipsy Hill offer 24-hour front desk service.

If you're bringing a vehicle, we recommend that you book a hotel with parking in Exeter, like Hotel Mill Farm, Oakcliffe Hotel or Hotel Gipsy Hill.

The best-rated hotels in Exeter with a gym are Hotel The Devon and Hotel Mercure Exeter Southgate.

The following hotels in Exeter have luggage storage: Oakcliffe Hotel, Hotel St Andrews and Hotel Gipsy Hill.