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Ranked #1 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Owner description: Bike, canoe & kayak hire centre, plus bike sales & repairs, on Exeter quay. Pedal from the city to the seaside or paddle to... more » Owner description: Bike, canoe & kayak hire centre, plus bike sales & repairs, on Exeter quay. Pedal from the city to the seaside or paddle to the pub! Easy, relaxing, outdoor fun for all ages.We're on Exeter's historic quayside - popular for it's fascinating history, interesting architecture and independent shops - an easy 10 min walk from the city centre. Open 9am to 6pm everyday (closed Weds in winter) « less
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Ranked #2 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Museums
Owner description: Exeter's world-class museum has stunning new displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The displays... more » Owner description: Exeter's world-class museum has stunning new displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The displays reveal Devon and Exeter's rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and the world cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the world. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and bank holidays. Free Admission. From time to time galleries may be closed for special events; please check before traveling. « less
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Ranked #3 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Located in the centre of the city, there has... more » Owner description: Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Located in the centre of the city, there has been a Cathedral on the present site for nearly one thousand years. « less
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Ranked #4 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred years... more » Owner description: Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred years of history are contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes. Sir Philip Courtenay began building it in 1391 and it has remained in the same family to this day, currently home to the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. The magical setting and convenient location makes it the perfect venue for all manner of events including wedding receptions and business functions. For locals and visitors to Devon it is a 'must see' and with its many attractions - a wonderful family day out! « less
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Ranked #5 of 37 attractions in Exeter
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Topsham Museum (Topsham)
Ranked #6 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Museums
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Ranked #7 of 37 attractions in Exeter
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Ranked #8 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon... more » Owner description: Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter.We have a network of walking and cycling trails that suit people of all abilities. There is also a cycle skills area and pump loop for people to practice and develop their off road cycling skills. The Ridge Cafe is open every day on site serving a range of delicious food and drinks. Forest Cycle Hire is also based at Haldon for those who want to hire a bike when they arrive and Haldon is also home to Go Ape, the high wire adventure course. There is a permanent orienteering course and a range of other activities happening on site including archery sessions, nordic walking and Segway tours. Our friendly ranger team are on site every day to assist visitors and can be contacted on.The site is free to explore but parking charges do apply. The income from car parking goes back in to the site to maintain all the facilities, including the cycling and walking trials.This year the Forestry Commission is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Gruffalo - more information about the celebrations can be found on the website. « less
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Ranked #9 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Owner description: One of Devon’s great estates, Killerton was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland because of his political... more » Owner description: One of Devon’s great estates, Killerton was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland because of his political beliefs. At Killerton you can discover the fascinating Aclands and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you explore their intimate family home. From 3 December 2-4pm, see the house decorated for Christmas, see the last few days of the costume exhibition ‘dressing up, dressing down’ and try on replica costumes.Step outside and explore the famous garden and see if you can find the bear hut and ice house as you wander around the secret paths and discover the fantastic views. Don’t forget to explore the wider estate and uncover the myth of the dragon at Dolbury hill, visit the chapel and see the old working laundry. To complete your visit let Killerton Kitchen restaurant serve you quality meals showcasing local, seasonal produce. Enjoy a browse around the shop and be tempted by award winning Killerton produce. « less
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Ranked #10 of 37 attractions in Exeter
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Ranked #11 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system... more » Owner description: Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain. The Passages have long exercised a fascination over local people, with stories of wars and sieges, plague and pestilence! Their purpose was simple: to bring clean drinking water from natural springs in fields lying outside the walled city, through lead pipes into the heart of the city. The pipes sometimes sprang leaks and repairs to buried pipes could only be carried out by digging them up as we do today. To avoid this disruption the passages were vaulted and it is down some of these vaulted passageways that visitors are guided.The Passages are dark and narrow with a fascinating history. Visitors can experience interactive and educational exhibits in the Underground Passages Heritage Centre and watch a short video presentation before their guided tour. « less
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Ranked #12 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: Over 64 acres to explore "A delight for gardeners" Spanning nearly 300years of gardening history, the park is home to many... more » Owner description: Over 64 acres to explore "A delight for gardeners" Spanning nearly 300years of gardening history, the park is home to many rare and beautiful species, collected from around the world. The Palm House is made from over 18,000 panes of glass (built 20yrs before The Kew Gardens Palm House) hosting many Palms. Tropical House, Arid House, Temperate house. Enjoy your coffee / lunch overlooking the Italian Garden. Explore the arboretum and while away time in the bird hide Ride the Bicton Woodland railway for an oversight of the park (suitable for wheelchairs) The countryside museum containing a huge collection of bygone days.... And for the children indoor and outdoor play areas, crazy golf, Astro turf football pitch, ride the pedal tractors all to add to the fun (Please note play areas are only open to children between the ages of o to 12 yrs) « less
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Ranked #13 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Architectural Buildings; Castles; Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #14 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Landmarks
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Ranked #15 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Voted 'Family attraction of the year' Crealy Great Adventure Park is the Southwest's No.1 Family day out. Complete with wild... more » Owner description: Voted 'Family attraction of the year' Crealy Great Adventure Park is the Southwest's No.1 Family day out. Complete with wild rides, masses of indoor play areas, live shows, and the friendliest animals. And for those rainy days we have over 75,000 sq. Feet of indoor play to explore, including the Buddy Bear's Kingdom and the new exciting play frames. All in all, over 60 amazing attractions in more than 100 fun filled acres of Devon countryside. Crealy Adventure Park - The Southwest's No.1 Family day out! « less
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Ranked #16 of 37 attractions in Exeter

St Nicholas Priory Experience Tudor life first hand in the heart of the City at St Nicholas Priory. Originally part of a medieval priory, the building was later lived in by the... more »

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Ranked #17 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Water Parks; Amusement Parks
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Ranked #18 of 37 attractions in Exeter
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Ranked #19 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Horse Tracks; Casinos/Gaming
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Ranked #20 of 37 attractions in Exeter
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Ranked #21 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
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... 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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Ranked #22 of 37 attractions in Exeter
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Poltimore House (Poltimore)
Ranked #23 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Owner description: Poltimore House is a GradeII listed 18th century country house just outside Exeter, Devon. Currently undergoing extensive... more » Owner description: Poltimore House is a GradeII listed 18th century country house just outside Exeter, Devon. Currently undergoing extensive renovation as seen in BBC TV's 'Restoration' programme. The house and grounds are open on selected days and various events are held throughout the year. « less
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Ranked #24 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Castles; Cultural
Owner description: Exeter's Premier Wedding & Conference Venue. One of Devon's most spectacular wedding venues situated in the heart of Exeter... more » Owner description: Exeter's Premier Wedding & Conference Venue. One of Devon's most spectacular wedding venues situated in the heart of Exeter City Centre. Exeter Castle is licensed for both marriages & civil partnerships making your special day truly magical. With architecture dating back to 1068, Exeter Castle provides an outstanding setting for anyone's special day. This newly renovated historical gem is a venue that no guest will ever forget. Admire the views from The Terrace Rooms, dine in The Ballroom, or prepare in the Bridal Rooms. Exeter Castle is the most unique and luxurious event space that Exeter has to offer. Exeter Castle is also the ideal City Centre location providing convenient spacious rooms for your meeting or conference event. Our Events Manager will guide you through the options prior to your event and will explain how Exeter Castle can support you in providing a professional and enjoyable day. We work with many suppliers to ensure you receive the best facilities and equipment available so that your guests leave the venue with fond memories of their time at Exeter Castle. « less
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Ranked #25 of 37 attractions in Exeter
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Ranked #26 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Ancient Ruins; Cultural
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Ranked #27 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #28 of 37 attractions in Exeter
Owner description: Topsham Wild Camp offers adventurous daytime and overnight activity camps for children, adults and family groups. We provide... more » Owner description: Topsham Wild Camp offers adventurous daytime and overnight activity camps for children, adults and family groups. We provide opportunities for people to get back to nature and have fun in the outdoors. Try one of our fantastic overnight Wild Camps based at Highfield Farm in Topsham. Spend the night under the stars in one of our canvas Safari Tents enjoying campfire cooking and survival skills. « less
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Ranked #29 of 37 attractions in Exeter
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Ranked #30 of 37 attractions in Exeter
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