Well-heeled and comfortable, Exeter is steeped in evidence of its centuries-old role as the spiritual and administrative heart of Devon. Relics include its exquisite, ancient cathedral and chunks of winding Roman wall. But the city also has a youthful vibe, visible in bursts of ultramodern construction and a thriving arts scene. Down by the River Exe, the atmospheric quayside is a launch pad for explorations by bike or kayak. Add a unique movie museum, the chance to go on subterranean tours and some super-stylish places to stay and eat, and you have a relaxed but lively touring base.