A guide to Exeter

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Did you know?

  • 1.
    Exeter began as a Roman town and its name can be traced to when it was a known as Isca Dumnoniorum deriving from its proximity to the River Exe.
  • 2.
    70% of the Roman walls around Exeter still survive today along with the underground passages.
  • 3.
    Chris Martin of Coldplay was born and educated in Exeter.

Exeter Area

Historic Exeter is the county town of Devon. In its heart is St Peter’s Cathedral with its four Norman towers and the longest nave in Britain. The city centre is thriving and has a pretty quay with shops and cafes; this area was once an affluent wool trading centre. Exeter Chiefs are the highly successful local rugby team based at Sandy Park Stadium. The local area is a popular destination for tourists from all around the UK.

Surrounding Villages

  • Brampford Speke
    This pretty village is situated just three miles to the north of Exeter. There is a gastro pub serving food celebrating local produce, a primary school and an active village hall. The River Exe meanders around the village outskirts offering lovely walks.
  • Topsham
    Once a thriving port and shipbuilding centre, Topsham still retains a strong maritime flavour. The quaint historic town has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with an eclectic cluster of specialist shops and fine restaurants, plus wonderful sunsets above the estuary.
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    Once a thriving port and shipbuilding centre, Topsham still retains a strong maritime flavour. The quaint historic town has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with an eclectic cluster of specialist shops and fine restaurants, plus wonderful sunsets above the estuary.