Best Bar: The Ship Inn on Martin’s Lane is one of Exeter’s most historic pubs and reputedly Sir Francis Drake’s favourite watering hole. The wood-lined pub is located close to Exeter Cathedral yard.
Best Shopping: With over 70 stores covering the very best of the high street names, as well as some more specialised and independent stores, Princesshay is the place to be. Situated just a 2 minute walk from the Hotel.
Best Sight: Linking Exeter's High Street to Waterbeer Street, Parliament Street is the narrowest in Europe, squeezing to just 2ft at its narrowest point.
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 (just outside) to discover. Peruse below for the best things to do in Exeter and start planning your trip today!
Bang in the heart of the city, Exeter Phoenix is the South West’s foremost multi-art form venue. With hundreds of events programmed each year, spanning music, art, film, theatre and comedy as well as a whole host of learning activities, it is housed in a vibrant venue proud of its diversity and revelling in its eclectic buzz.
Exeter Phoenix is situated a short ten-minute walk from our hotel.
Exeter Corn Exchange
Exeter Corn Exchange is a leisurely fifteen-minute walk from Jurys Inn.
A large and sporty park in Exeter’s city centre, Belmont Park is a great place to take the kids for run around in the play area, or for a walk. Belmont Park is incredibly unique in its inclusion of a Sensory Garden. It was England’s first garden intended especially for the blind, created in 1939. This Garden was restored in 2007 and follows three main themes of stimulating scent, colour and texture. The Garden features a range of flowers and plants, such as Daphne, Chamomile, Bergenias, Penstemons, and more, all kept at eye level and within arm’s reach to help enhance the experience.
Belmont Park is a short seven-minute walk from our Exeter hotel.
Exeter's Historic Quayside
Popular with locals and visitors alike, Exeter's Historic Quayside is one of the most attractive areas of the city. Explore the fascinating history, interesting architecture and lively pubs and restaurants all just a fifteen-minute walk from Jurys Inn Exeter.
This beautiful location oozes country charm in the city, all of which can be experienced further with a boat ride or a leisurely walk /cycle down the Exeter Ship Canal.
Dartmoor National Park
Discover the beautiful scenery and historic charm of Dartmoor National Park. Just a short drive from Exeter, Dartmoor is the perfect place to immerse in the wild beauty of the southern countryside. There are a range of activities to get stuck in with from walking, cycling and hiking to climbing, horse-riding and canoeing. For a more historic experience, you can explore the castles and ruins of Dartmoor, or take a wander through the moorland towns and enjoy the delicious local food and boutique shops.
Dartmoor is a short twenty-minute drive from Jurys Inn Exeter.
St Nicholas Priory
Explore a 900 year old guest wing of a former Benedictine Priory. Converted into Elizabethan town house c. 1575 and 1602, St Nicholas Priory offers a fantastic insight into Tudor life as you wander around this historical structure in the heart of Exeter.
Entrance costs £4.20 for adults and £1.60 for children. St Nicholas Priory is a short thirteen-minute walk from our Exeter hotel.
Nestled in the heart of the city, the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Exeter is an imposing structure of beauty and antiquity. The cathedral’s features include two enormous towers that were part of the original Norman building, which was consecrated in 1133.
Situated just a ten-minute walk from Jurys Inn, Exeter Cathedral hopes to inspire, engage, and move, those who come to visit this stunning and incredibly spiritual house of worship.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
This fabulous Victorian building is home to fascinating historical displays from pre-history to the present day. Housed in a beautiful architectural gem, the Royal Albert Memorial Museumalso includes the city’s largest art gallery and three special exhibition spaces. Discover a ‘story of global exploration’ as you peruse local collections, world cultures and natural history displays, as well as participating in a range of activities and events. With a varied and changing programme, the museum and gallery is an Exeter must-visit and perfect for all the family.
Admission is free, with the museum open Tuesday to Sunday – 10am to 5pm. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is a brief ten-minute walk from our Exeter hotel.
Discover the incredible medieval passages situated under Exeter’s High Street. Dating from the 14th century, this underground network of passages is uniquely open to the public and offers an exhibition and video presentation before the guided tour. Learn more about the underground passages before you visit with a podcast from BBC History Exeter.
Admission costs £6 for adults and £4 for children, opening times are dependent on time of the year and day of the week, so it’s worth checking before you go. The entrance to the Exeter Underground passages is just a five-minute walk from Jurys Inn.
Red Coat Guided Tours
The Red Coat Guided Tours are a fantastic way to explore Exeter. The free guided walks last around 90 minutes and are the perfect insider to learning about this city and its heritage. There are a range of tours to choose from and you are not required to book – just pick your preferred walk and meet the guide at the stated location for one of the set times.
Guildhall Shopping Centre
Filled with all of your favourite high street stores and unique food and drink boutiques, Exeter’s Guildhall Shopping Centre is the perfect place for some retail therapy.
Guildhall Shopping centre is a leisurely ten-minute walk from Jurys Inn Exeter.
Cobbled streets, designer outlets, small boutiques, wine bars, Devon fudge, the Castle Quarter (Castle Street, Gandy Street, Queen Street) offers a charming shopping experience away from the shopping centre bustle.
The Castle Quarter is a short ten-minute walk from our hotel.
Amongst Cathedral Yard and Cathedral Close you can find independent fashion retailers, perfect for a day of pampering or gift buying! The Cathedral Quarter has a range of places to grab a bite to eat, and on Thursdays, you can even peruse an authentic Devon farmers market.
Cathedral Quarter is a brief twelve-minute walk from Jurys Inn Exeter.