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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

RAMM

The imposing red-brick exterior looks every inch the Victorian museum, but a £24-million revamp has brought the exhibits bang up to date. Interactive displays focus on Exeter's heritage from prehistory to the presen…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Exeter

Fat Pig

It really doesn't get much better: a microbrewery downstairs, a distillery upstairs and a bright, convivial pub in between. Sample home-crafted ales, gin, vodka and moonshine (yes, really; it's a corn-based spirit) …
Top Choice Modern British in Exeter

Rusty Bike

It may be in the city, but Rusty's has a soul rooted deep in the countryside. The farm-to-plate dining (or 'welly to belly', as they put it) showcases produce from Devon suppliers, such as game from local estates, w…
Top Choice Cafe in Exeter

Exploding Bakery

Excellent news: one of Exeter's hippest little bakeries has now added half-a-dozen tables, meaning there's even more room to sample superb flat whites, macchiato and inventive cakes – the lemon, polenta and pistachi…
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…
Microbrewery in Exeter

Beer Engine

The decor in this former railway hotel is varnished floorboards, leather settles and exposed red brick, but the best bit is downstairs: the brewery's gleaming stainless-steel tubs and tubes. The building's past is t…
Museum in Exeter

Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

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