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Address: 46 The Quay | Exeter, Exeter EX2 4AN, England
Phone Number: 01392 271611
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Description: The Quay House was re-built in 1680-1 at the height of Exeter's woollen...
The Quay House was re-built in 1680-1 at the height of Exeter's woollen cloth industry. The building was used to store cloth and other goods before they were loaded and transported down the canal. It also had an overhanging roof, which enabled cargos to load and unload out of the rain.Today the history and development of Exeter's Quayside is brought to life with lively displays, illustrations and artefacts. There is also the opportunity to see "Exeter - 2,000 years of history," an exciting audio-visual presentation highlighting Exeter's history from Roman times to the present day.The Quay House Visitor Centre provides tourist information, Quayside treasure hunts, an accommodation booking service and a gift shop selling local pottery, replica maps and a wide range of local interest books.The Quay House Visitor Centre is the first attraction in Devon to be awarded VisitEngland's PIQAS Award (Place of Interest Quality Assurance Scheme).
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We called in at the visitor centre for local information and the lady that was there really was most helpful she recommended us to the Red Coat Tours which are held in the town... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The staff member in the visitor centre was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and made helpful suggestions. The building itself is incredibly beautiful with amazing cornice work in the upper floor rooms. However, the displays were rather spartan upstairs which had the effect of making the attraction feel unfinished, in one large room there was just one small... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We called in at the visitor centre for local information and the lady that was there really was most helpful she recommended us to the Red Coat Tours which are held in the town and are free of charge where you get told lots of local information by interesting local guides plus we were given lots of leaflets to help... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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351 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Fundamental and very fundamental nothing here sparkled it was just lame and very little on display don't bother wasting your time here or the mill near by where you get glared and ignored by some man with long hair on the reception desk.

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Busselton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

What do you say about it? Good service. I am surprised that the list doesn't include one of the best services I have ever found. The Red Coat Guided Tours were amazingly good. We did two of them and they were the best value for information, history and interest that we found anywhere, and were free!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Friendly and very informative, in a beautiful old building, do visit this area if you are a tourist it is the historic port area with a little exhibition from when ships used to be able to navigate up the river. The old Custom House next door is beautiful too, with its canons. There's an Antique Centre /Tea Room in front,... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Plenty of leaflets and booklets here, also books for sale. We found what we were looking for without needing to ask for assistance.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We heard from family about a free river trip with the Exeter Redcoats.Unfortunatly due to parking probs arrived a bit late and boat was full and no tickets left but the lady phoned the boat and got us 3 seats at last minute!The guide was great & kids loved the pub at the end with tree swings Can I just... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Visited here on our Wedding Anniversary on May Bank Holiday Monday. It was a lovely sunny day and the quayside was busy with music along the quay and ice creams being sold next door. The little visitor center is full of history and displays in a lovely old building. Intersting film to see all about the history of the river.... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We visited the quayside on a very cold day and our first stop was the Visitor Centre where we met a lovely lady who was so helpful and gave us lots of tips and ideas.It is years since we last visited this area and were very impressed to read all the history and visit the old mill, there are lovely... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

the peace and quite and the coffee shop at the end of thw walk. it was quite impressive it did not seem like you were in exeter

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