Exeter is bursting with heritage as one of England’s historically significant towns. From medieval underground passages to the Gothic Cathedral, Exeter is a unique city with a myriad of exciting attractions to explore and a beautiful National Park to discover just outside the city. Take a look below for the best things to do in Exeter and start planning your trip today!

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08 - 09 June
Exeter Respect Festival is an annual celebration of equality, diversity & multiculturalism. The festival is free, family friendly and has a vast array of music, dance, activities, food & community organisations.

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Best Bar: Once Sir Francis Drake’s own watering hole,The Ship Inn offers a taste of Exeter’s heritage as well as 2 for 1 cocktails after 5pm! Find it a few minutes from Exeter Cathedral yard.

Best Restaurant: Harry’s Restaurant on Longbrook Street provides Exeter with delicious, locally sourced food, from 18oz T-bone steaks to their famous Harry’s Heart Attack dessert!

Best Shopping: With over 70 of the best high street shops, independent boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, Princesshay Shopping Centre is the place to go for a day of retail therapy – and only a couple of minutes from our Exeter hotel.

Best Sight: Joining the High Street and Waterbeer Street, Parliament Street is the narrowest in Europe, squeezing to just 2ft at its tightest point.

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