On the Doorsteps of Exeter
We've picked some of the finest sights of Exeter's attractions, which you may like to visit whilst staying at the Braeside Guesthouse.
Dating back to Roman times, Exeter is rich in history and contains a beautiful cathedral. Explore the ancient city walls, the contemporary shopping centre and bustling nightlife.
Within Exeter there are 15 conservation areas including the Cathedral of St. Peter, the City Wall, Rougemont Castle, and the Quay area. There are over 1,500 listed buildings and Exeter's historic centre has been designated as an area of special architectural and historic interest.
The Double Locks
This delightful riverside pub can be accessed by boat, car, or on foot (it's less than a thirty-minute walk from the Quay). Here you'll find a good mix of students, locals and tourists, a good selection of food and an impressive list of on-tap libations. It's not uncommon to find a number of dogs hanging out around the Double Locks waiting for their owners who often stop in for a brief rest during their afternoon and evening walks.
The Double Locks, Canal Banks, Exeter, Devon, EX2 6LT
Dartmoor & War Horse
Protected by the National Trust, Dartmoor contains many virtually untouched areas of outstanding natural beauty that has attracted many magazine photographers looking for the ultimate picture. During the evenings while the sun is setting you can witness scenes rivalled by exotic locations.
Dartmoor stars in Steven Spielberg's stunning film adaptation of War Horse; the story of a Devon horse shipped to France to serve in both the British and German armies during World War I. Whilst filming on location, Spielberg was quoted as saying "I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor."
Sights include the small village of Meavy, Sheepstor, Burrator Reservoir and Bonehill Rocks near Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
w: www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk | www.englishriviera.co.uk/places-to-visit/further-afield/dartmoor
Exeter’s Underground Passages
Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain. They were built to house the pipes that brought fresh water to the city. Visitors to the Underground Interpretation Centre pass through an exhibition and video presentation before their guided tour.
The whole quayside has been enhanced to provide a fascinating mix of historic and contemporary design and is an ideal place to potter round the antique shops, walk and cycle, take a relaxing boat trip or find something good to eat.
Exeter Quayside features a unique collection of historic industrial buildings and warehouses. The main attraction being the brick built Custom House. This was the first purpose built custom house in the Country - constructed during the reign of Charles II.
The warehouses along the quay have now been converted to a variety of antique shops, craft centres, restaurants and tea rooms. There is an extensive programme of events on the River Exe, in the Transit Shed and Piazza Terracina, including dragon boat racing and art exhibitions, with plenty to occupy families and children of all ages.
Useful Quayside Contacts:
Exeter Cruises - t: 07984 368442 | w: www.exetercruises.com
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre - t: 01392 434668 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saddles and Paddlest - t: 01392 424241 | w: http://www.sadpad.com
Founded in 1050, it was established to provide support for the Bishop of Exeter in his ministry and mission across Devon, and to be a community of prayer, and Christian worship. The Cathedral building, dedicated to Peter, one of Jesus' earliest followers and the model for all subsequent bishops, is the finest example of Decorated Gothic architecture in any Cathedral. The building itself proclaims something of the beauty and holiness of God.
It has several notable features including an early set of misericords*, an astronomical clock and the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England.
*A misericord, sometimes named mercy seat, is a small wooden shelf on the underside of a folding seat in a church, installed to provide a degree of comfort for a person who has to stand during long periods of prayer.
The Guildhall has served as the centrepiece of Exeter's civic life for more than 800 years. A structure of outstanding architectural interest, it is not merely an ancient monument but remains a busy working building - still in regular use for a variety of civic functions and full meetings of the Exeter City Council.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is widely recognised as a museum of regional and national importance which has served the city and region for over 140 years. RAMM is one of the Council's award winning services and sits at the heart of the city's cultural life.
Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
Discover one of the oldest cities in England with Exeter's Red Coat Guides. Operating throughout the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, these FREE guided walking tours are the perfect way to explore Exeter. No booking is required, simply choose a tour, meet your Red Coat Guide and spend 90 minutes discovering Exeter. Tours begin outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Yard, or from the Quay House Visitor Centre.
Crealy Adventure Park (15 minute drive away)
Fabulous countryside, over 60 amazing rides and attractions and over 75,000sqft of indoor adventures - Crealy is maximum fun, whatever the weather!
The South West’s number one family attraction, and one of the best days out with the kids in Devon. And, you get to see a wide range of cute and cuddly animal residents.
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent gardens are set in East Devon's picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and southwest England's Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquility with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, ice-free skating, restaurant and shop.
Powderham Castle (approx' 20 minutes drive away)
Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred years of history are contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes, this and a whole range of other exciting activities makes it a ‘must see' for everyone.
Woodlands Adventure Park (approx' 50 minutes drive away)
Woodlands Family Theme Park Devon provides a whole day of variety for all ages. One inclusive admission price to the family attraction includes incredible indoor centres, outdoor adventures, Zoo, Big Fun Farm and Falconry Centre.
Forde Abbey (approx' 55 minutes drive away)
Founded by Cistercian monks over 800 years ago, Forde Abbey became one of the richest and most learned monasteries in the country. Alan Titchmarsh commented "One of the greatest gardens in the West Country". Don't just take his word for it, visit and see for yourself!
Exmouth and Woodbury Common
Exmouth is well-celebrated for its long two-miles of golden sand, rare on this coast, and fascinating rock pools. It's a paradise for children and adults alike. Located on the estuary of the River Exe which is internationally known for its wildlife.
In the centre of East Devon's glorious countryside with Woodbury Common and beautiful towns and villages nearby. Exmouth has its own train station, only 25 minutes away from Exeter by train giving great views of The River Exe (and just 10 miles from the M5 motorway).