Exeter is a bustling, historic city, located in Devon, and is a perfect place to spend a day or two. It’s a hive for students and tourists alike, so you’ll find plenty of options for things to do. So I’m going to give you a little helping hand a suggest some of the top places to visit whilst spending one day in Exeter.
One thing that is absolutely necessary for you to do when in Exeter is to explore Exeter Quay. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the city and provides a mixture of lively pubs and restaurants, as well as antique shops and unique architecture. If you’d prefer to cycle or paddle around the quay, you’ll find places to hire both bikes and canoes. And once you’ve finished exploring the quay, walk down the river through the countryside where you’ll find a quaint little pub called the Double Locks. Once a popular 18th century inn, you’ll be mad not to stop in for a pint.
Now obviously if you’re spending a day somewhere you’re going to need to eat and Exeter is a great place to do it. The Waterfront and The Old Firehouse are both well known in the city for their pizzas and the latter also does a cheap, yet excellent, Sunday roast. Perfect for those students looking to get their fill for as little as possible. Or if you’re just looking for a place to sit and have a cup of coffee and a cake, you’ve got some great options here too. For no nonsense, home-made cakes, be sure to head to The Exploding Bakery, or if you want to check out one of the biggest and best hangouts in Exeter, then the Boston Tea Party is where to go. It offers a huge upstairs dining area, great coffee and a healthy (yet tasty) menu.
If you’re looking for some cultural activities to fill your day in Exeter, it has these too. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, is the largest in the city and is an extremely impressive building. And this is just from the outside. It is full of wonderful exhibitions and displays, and also offers guided tours if you wish to learn a little bit more about the objects on display at the museum. You may also want to visit the Exeter Cathedral during your one day in the city. For almost a thousand years there has been a cathedral on the site, and it is an impressive display of Gothic architecture.
Hopefully these ideas will be off help when planning one day in Exeter. If you’re a student in the city and have some other places to share we would love to hear it.
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