Exeter attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Exeter

Exeter Cathedral

Magnificent in warm, honey-coloured stone, Exeter's cathedral is one of Devon’s most impressive ecclesiastical sights. Dating largely from the 12th and 13th centuries, the west front is framed by extraordinary medie…
Top Choice Museum in Exeter


A fixture on the city's cultural scene since Victorian times, this hulking red-brick museum recently received a £24 million revamp. It's a treasure trove of rambling rooms, filled with glass cases of curiosities and…
Top Choice Tunnel in Exeter

Underground Passages

Prepare to crouch down, don a hard hat and possibly get spooked in what is the only publicly accessible system of its kind in England. These medieval vaulted passages were built to house pipes bringing fresh water t…
Waterfront in Exeter

Exeter Quay

On fine sunny days the people of Exeter head to the quay. Cobbled paths lead between former warehouses that have been converted into antique shops, quirky stores, craft workshops, restaurants and pubs (popular spots…
Museum in Exeter

Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

This eccentric museum is a must for cinephiles. It contains a hoard of film-themed memorabilia amassed by Scottish film-maker Bill Douglas, best known for his semi-autobiographical trilogy about his childhood. Dougl…
Market in Exeter

Exeter Livestock Market

For a sense of what life's like on the farms tucked into East Devon's red-soil hills, head to one of the auctions at Exeter Livestock Market. Join farmers leaning on the showing rings’ circular rails, while the auct…
Historic Building in Exeter


The earliest parts of Exeter's Guildhall date from 1330, making it the oldest municipal building still in use in the country. An ornate barrel roof arches above wooden benches and crests of dignitaries. The mayor st…
Historic Building in Exeter

Powderham Castle

The historic home of the Earl of Devon, Powderham is a stately but still friendly place built in 1391 and remodelled in the Victorian era. A visit takes in a fine wood-panelled Great Hall, parkland with 650 deer and…
Historic Building in Exeter

Customs House

This stately 17th-century building was once the address where ships arriving in Dartmouth were required to pay customs duties. Look out for the antique cannons standing out the front. Not open to the public.
Historic Building in Exeter

St Nicholas Priory

Originally part of a medieval Benedictine monastery, and later a lavish Elizabethan manor house, this 900-year-old building is currently closed for renovations – check the website for updates.