In the heart of the West Country, Exeter is a historic cathedral city with a fascinating backstory. If you are visiting this fantastic location, then there are some places you should really take the time to check out while you are there. Plus, the city also hosts some cracking festivals so if you time your visit right you can book tickets for those too.
For the past almost 1000 years Exeter Cathedral has been and still remains the flagship of the city. With the most stunning architecture and Gothic inspiration, this is one location you should see on a stay in the South West. Whether you choose to stroll around at your own pace or pick up with a guided tour, you will marvel at the ornate carvings and the amazing stained-glass windows as well as learning about the history of the building. The acoustics are second to none which is why this is a favoured venue for choral and orchestral works.
For more information visit: exeter-cathedral.org.uk
Royal Albert Museum
Another stunning if not quite so grand building plays home to the Royal Albert Museum in Exeter. With incredible displays that are there all year round to visiting exhibitions from other sites, there is always plenty to see. The animal displays are always popular with the children, and there is plenty to see for everyone. A visit to the museum comes highly recommended, and you can take time out to sit in the café or amble through the gift shop while you are there. Set just of the main shopping streets this is a popular and accessible venue but be aware that it does not open on Mondays or Bank Holidays.
For more information visit: rammuseum.org.uk
The quay at Exeter is well known and makes a stunning backdrop for a day out. Connecting with both the River Exe and the canal, there is plenty to do from those who love water-based activities to the more stalwart land lovers. Up the canal, you will find the famous Double Locks and Turf Locks pubs, and around the side of the quay itself plenty of bars, eateries and shopping for you to browse and enjoy. Hire bikes and cycle around the area or just sit in the sun with a drink and relax.
For more information visit: Exeter Quay
Exeter plays host to a range of festivals both within the city and on the outskirts. There are various foodie festivals with cheeses, vegan delicacies, cider and more taking up residence for a weekend. On the 5-7th of July, you can take part in the Exeter Festival which features events all over the city including live music and outdoor film screenings in Northernhay Gardens.
There is the Exeter Craft festival which takes place on Cathedral Green and coincides with the Exeter Festival, and in the winter the Cathedral Green is transformed into the magical Christmas Market which is a true sight to behold. Also in the summer months, the Let’s Rock Exeter festival is held at Powderham Castle just a short drive from the city centre and finally Exeter Respect which is held annually in Belmont Park celebrates diversity and culture.
For more information visit: Festivals in Exeter
Image credits: Visit Exeter