Exeter Founded by the Romans guarding the lowest crossing point of the River Exe. 17th Century Customs House, and warehouse lined Quays.
Exeter Cathedral. Without a doubt the jewel in the town's crown is the Norman Cathedral of St Peter and the surrounding Cathedral Close lined with fine Georgian and Medieval Houses. One of these, Molls Old Coffee House, is dated 1596 and in the eighteenth century was a popular meeting place for coffee drinking. Begun in the early 12th Century, inside the Cathedral has a most impressive vaulted ceiling. Medieval stained glass and carved tombs. The imposing West Front is shown in the image above. More pictures of the Cathedral and Close.
Exeter and Shopping. Leading along narrow streets from the Cathedral one reaches the city's commercial heart, with one of the best shopping centres in the South West not just in Devon. Boasted by, in 2007, the opening of the Princesshay Redevelopment- bringing over 60 new shops- including designer brand names to the City, as well as several more cafes and restaurants. Yet more Medieval, Tudor and Georgian houses jostle with post Second World War architecture along the bustling High Street. The 14th century White Hart Hotel in South Street is well worth a visit. Take a free guided tour with one of the famous Exeter Red Coat volunteer guides. Did you know over half of the Roman town Wall remains to this day?
Explore the Quay with its imposing warehouses, admire the Customs House dating from 1680. Wander the Exeter Canal Basin- explore the visitor centre in an converted warehouse. Follow the canal the 5 miles to Turf Lock and the Exe Estuary. In season take the Water Mongoose passenger vessel to Turf, or to the Double Locks an equally delightful pub alongside the canal and both reachable by a very pleasant stroll along the towpath on a mild evening. Alternatively stroll upriver to the Mill on the Exe pub, once a papermill, with its views of Millers Crossing foot/cycle Bridge, especially inspiring when lit at night.
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Christmas Exeter and Plymouth vie with each other over who has the most expensive Xmas illuminations. And some might say far too early switching on ceremonies- usually in mid Nov accompanied by a fireworks display. Festive Farmers markets and a Xmas Market all add to the festive build up. Enjoy a carol concert in the splendour that is Exeter Cathedral. Celebrate midnight mass-the bells ring out. Hear the delighted cry of children's voices when they see the carved figures in the crib.
Around and about. Lots to see and do. Take a trip to Topsham 4 miles down the River Exe- a port and ship building and ship repair centre since Roman times. Take the foot ferry across the estuary to the Ship Canal and Exminster Marshes. Visit Powderham Castle. Enjoy a seaside Devon holiday at Dawlish , Exmouth or Teignmouth
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