Exeter's sights are richer than those of any other town in Devon, the legacy of an eventful history since its Celtic foundation and the establishment here of the most westerly Roman outpost. After the Roman withdrawal, Exeter was refounded by Alfred the Great and became one of the largest towns in England, profiting from its position on the banks ... Read more
of the River Exe. The expansion of the wool trade sustained the city until the eighteenth century, and Exeter has maintained its status as commercial centre and county town; despite having much of its ancient centre gutted by World War II bombing, enough has survived to justify a lengthy exploration. Exeter's centre is bounded to the southwest by the River Exe, where the port area is now mostly devoted to leisure activities, particularly around the old Quayside. Pubs, shops and cafés share the space with handsomely restored nineteenth-century warehouses and the smart Custom House, built in 1681, its opulence reflecting the former importance of the cloth trade. The area comes into its own at night, but is worth a wander at any time.

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Few cities in England have the simple beauty of Exeter, not too big, not too small, made for the people and the dimensions of their life. Founded by the Romans under the name of Isca Dumnoniorum. It was, at the time (50 AD) the most western Roman fortress in Anglia.
Today Exeter is a lively city, with nice restaurants and bars, few interesting museums and an incredible and marvelous Cathedral (don't miss the chance to see it).

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EXETER is a lively city with a magnificent Cathedral, Castle, historic quayside area with artisan shops and cafes including Mol’s Coffee House. There are guided tours of the maze of the city’s Underground Passages and a wealth of bars, shops and restaurants. Other attractions include St Nicholas Priory and the Royal Albert Museum & Art Gallery. There are also some fabulous walks and cycle rides along the banks of the river, including one from Exeter to the coast at Exmouth. Cycles, Canoes & Kayaks can be hired from Exeter Quay.

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A nice day out on a sunny day! To reach the top you need to physically abled.

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I left my heart in Exeter!

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As small cities go, it's alright.

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