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!

What's on in Exeter

17 - 19 August
Beautiful Days Festival started in 2003 and is an annual weekend music festival which takes place in Devon. The festival has music and entertainment across six stages plus a children’s area in the centre of the festival for toddlers through to teens, walkabout theatre, site art installations, comedy, theatre, family camping, food & craft stalls, healing area, play areas and real ale bars run by Otter Brewery.

30 August - 02 September
This summer Exeter Picturehouse returns to the stunning riverside setting of the Double Locks Pub. Films will start around dusk, but make sure you arrive earlier to enjoy the evening sun with something special from the onsite catering.

Staff Recommends

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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