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Introducing Exeter

Though it’s often eclipsed by the better-known cities of Bristol and Bath, Exeter is well worth visiting in its own right, with a thriving nightlife, a lively cultural scene and a rich history stretching back 2000 years. Founded by Celts and expanded by the Romans, Exeter grew rich as a trading port during the early Middle Ages, and the city’s fortunes were demonstrated by the completion of its glorious Gothic cathedral in the early 15th century. Exeter suffered heavily during the Luftwaffe raids of WWII, although the cathedral close survived relatively intact, and still boasts some fine medieval architecture. It might be old, but Exeter’s kept young at heart thanks to a large student crowd and plenty of bars, cafés and clubs, especially around the revitalised dock area.