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Quay House Visitor Centre

46 The Quay | Exeter, Exeter EX2 4AN, England
01392 271611
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Ranked #25 of 43 attractions in Exeter
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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). « less
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Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Best place to start in Exeter, The film the history of Exeter is brilliant and really worth the 30 mins to watch before a walk around the city. I could spend at least half a day just around the quay area. Not many visitors who come by coach get to see this part of Exeter but I think it's a... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

I came here twice and really appreciated the help and information that was offered. I bought a few things too.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

went to the quayside hoping to find a chandlers , there wasnt much to do with boats the old warehouses are now shops and restaraunts , across the river was a few boats and a canoe training centre we had a walk along the water side and saw a few boats for sale , walked back and went into the... More

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Rye, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Used this as a bolt hole during a rain storm. Lady was very interesting and very helpful with great local historical knowledge and the display kept grandson quite until the rain stopped.

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The quay house visitor centre has very useful information and is located on the quay which we found to be lovely for walks, watching swans nesting and just having a bite to eat watching the world go by.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I remember visiting and thinking at the time that it was good, but not sure why I actually remember any more about it than that! It must also have been reasonable value!

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

When visiting Exeter you must visit the Quay, interesting, historical and lovely. Wandering around looking at the items and reading the information passes a very enjoyable hour or so and you get to learn so much about the history of Exeter when it was a port.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

thie little centre tells the story of the Quay history with a file upstairs lots of souvenirs, free to enter good for a rainy day.

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Trailed 15 wet Brownies into the visitor centre on Saturday. The assistant was a lovely lady and let us go upstairs to watch the film about Exeters history. The film was great for us adults and some of the older Brownies, but probably a bit boring for the younger ones. The girls then went downstairs and took over the shop,... More

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Merthyr Tydfil
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171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Well worth a visit, they show a 15 minute film upstairs about the history of exeter which was very interesting.

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