Book flights to Exeter and discover the capital of Devon, a well-rounded and well-heeled city ideal for a British break.
Exeter is steeped in history and tradition, presided over by a magnificent cathedral and surrounded by rolling countryside. The city was once home to Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and has plenty of modern attractions that any rock star would enjoy. There are trendy cafes and boutiques around Gandy Street and Cathedral Green, as well as student bars and fine dining restaurants. Fly to Exeter and discover the many charms for yourself.
Airports in Exeter
Exeter International Airport (EXT) serves the city. During WWII the airport was an important base for the RAF, and played a role in the Battle of Britain. Despite attacks by the Luftwaffe, Exeter Airport continued as an army base. The first scheduled flights left the airport in 1952 for the Channel Islands.
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Airlines that fly to Exeter
Flybe and the Isle of Scilly Skybus both offer flights to Exeter from a range of UK airports.
Getting into Exeter
The Stagecoach 56 bus runs between the airport and the city centre. Single tickets cost £2* and the journey takes just over half an hour. The 56A bus goes to Exmouth, with a 40 minute journey time and a £3* ticket price. Both buses come just once an hour. You can also book tickets with the private shuttle company, Hoppa, who offer transfers from the airport to the more popular hotels in the city. If you're planning a self drive tour around Devon you'll find all the big car rental firms at the airport: Avis, Sixt, Auto Europe, Alamo, Budget, and Fox Rent a Car. For the best deal you can compare car hire at Exeter Airport with Skyscanner. There's also a taxi rank outside the airport: you can expect to pay between £10 and £20 for the journey into the city.
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When to visit Exeter
English cities sparkle in the sunshine, and Exeter is no different. The summer is by far the most popular time to visit, with an average temperature of 17°C in July. There are enough attractions in Exeter to make it a fun place to visit at any time of year. The mild temperatures mean that it's usually around 5°C in January, the coldest month of the year. Festivals and events take place throughout the year, from the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival in February to the Heritage Open Days in September. There are food and beer festivals, outdoor sport festivals, and of course plenty of exciting music festivals. It's a good idea to check out Visit Exeter's website to find out what's on while you're there.
What to see and do
Exeter blows away its reputation as a small and sleepy town to offer a fantastic blend of entertainment and culture. Whether you're down for the weekend or a fortnight, you'll find plenty to pack into your itinerary.
History & Culture: A Gothic Cathedral, Norman Castle, Roman walls and a 17th Century quayside: when it comes to history, Exeter has it in spades. There's plenty to keep history buffs occupied, whether you're taking a tour through the Medieval tunnels that run underneath the city or visiting the Guildhall: one of the oldest municipal buildings in England still used for its original purpose. There are lots of fantastic art galleries and museums. The Bill Douglas Film Museum is a great place to learn about the history of cinema, while the Art Room Topsham is a great place to discover work by independent artists.
Dining Out: Devon is well known for its fantastic produce, and as a result Exeter is a heaven for foodies. There are award-winning restaurants, bustling farmer's markets, and world renowned cookery school River Cottage. The lovely mild weather even makes it possible to grow wine. Take a vineyard tour and enjoy a tasting at Pebblebed or Yearlstone, and pick up a bottle of something sparkly to enjoy in your hotel room later. Visit in April for the Exeter Festival of South West England Food and Drink to sample some of the best seasonal produce.
Outdoors & Active: Booking a flight to Exeter gives you the opportunity to explore the city, but also the most beautiful parts of the West Country. Exeter has easy rail and road links to Dartmoor, Exmoor and the rest of Devon and Cornwall. If the sun comes out, jump on the bus and hit the beach in Exmouth; Devon's oldest seaside resort. If relaxing on the sand isn't your thing, try your hand at water sports. There are lots of great places to go horse riding, golfing, and cycling, and after a day out on the moors there's nothing better than coming back to some crisp clean sheets in your Exeter hotel room.
Where to stay
Exeter and the surrounding area is a popular destination for domestic holidaymakers, so there's no shortage of accommodation. Whether you're looking for a relaxed family owned B&B or a charming boutique hotel, a cheap 'n' cheerful chain or a five star global brand, you can find the best prices on hotels in Exeter with Skyscanner.
Hotels in the Cathedral Quarter are ideal if you like to be in the heart of the action. Cathedral Yard is home to a range of independent shops, and there are some high street brands in the area too. Al fresco dining is available in most of the restaurants, lovely during the summer months.
If you love being by the water look for hotels at the Quayside. There are plenty of trendy bars and restaurants in this area, and you can even take part in water-sports. The city centre is just 15 minutes away by foot, so you're not too far from Exeter's main sights.
Shopaholics should consider hotels in Princesshay. This area is home to large high street shops as well as designer boutiques. Shop 'til you drop then take the weight off in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Here you'll find big names like Jamie's Italian and Byron Burgers.
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