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Review: Exeter

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Exciting Exeter

  • By SilverTraveller Manzara

    13 reviews

    Ribbon

  • Aug 2014
  • Adult family

7 people found this review helpful

My daughter married on 23rd August and then off they went to Bali for a honeymoon. My husband, sister in law and myself stayed in their home in Exeter for a week to look after their cat.



As we had lots of time to just mooch (in between weeding their garden) we decided to have a day in Exeter city centre. What a great surprise! Not your average city at all.



First and foremost for me was Exeter Quay. Next to the River Exe and the Exeter Ship Canal this is one of the most attractive parts of the city. Opposite the transit shed is the Quay House Visitor Centre for those who like to absorb the history of the area. More to my liking, however, was a quaint row of tiny shops, some antiques, some crafts and a metal crafting shop where I bought three stylised metal flowers for the garden. There was a choice of places to eat but we opted for the pub, The Prospect Inn. Go in, head for the steps up to the next level and try for a table overlooking the River Exe. Menu is incredibly varied, the food good and the service with a smile. The Exeter Regatta is usually based here and I would love to visit when that is on. We saw some children on pedaloes – lots of fun.



The next lovely place was the Cathedral Quarter where you can get a drink sitting opposite the most lovely 800 year old Cathedral which is famous for its acoustics. Here you can just sit on the walls surrounding a grassy area and gaze at one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Lots of classy independent shops are here plus many places to eat. The modern Princesshay Quarter is another area offering smart modern shops but we all preferred the 'old Exeter'.



When you walk along the older streets in Exeter, the best thing you can do is look up! Right up to the skyline of the buildings. I have never seen so many varied and wonderful roof designs.



Last but not least, the Underground Tunnels, a unique experience. The only medieval drainage tunnels in the UK which are open to the public. There are guides who give you interesting talks on how the tunnels came into being, how they were constructed and their use. They told us which High Street shop we were now standing under – several metres above us. There is an option to have the lights turned off for a short while and some tiny gaps to crawl under, Not for everyone because of the narrow passages but if you like this sort of thing, there is a passage you can choose to avoid or take – it's the narrowest squeeze ever. The whole tour only lasts about 20 minutes but there is a video show you can watch which tells you about the tunnels – in case you feel they are too spooky for you! 

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  • Su
    about 4 years ago
    We live nearby, and we love this area.stunning scenery.