the heart of the Devon countryside lies the city of Exeter. Since it was
established as the most westerly Roman outpost, Exeter
has had an eventful history. At the time of the Norman Conquest it was one
of England's largest towns. During the Tudor period, the expansion of the
wool trade supported the city.
The oldest canal in England runs from Exeter to Topsham from where, in
days gone by, ships sailed loaded with their valuable cargoes.
Today Exeter is a thriving county town, ideally located for touring the
West Country. Within minutes visitors can explore the Devon lanes and
picturesque villages that the area is so famous for.
Having one of the finest town centres in the South West, shopping in the
city is a pleasure, where you can either shop in the modern shopping malls
or search out the specialist shops in the fascinating cobbled streets.
One of the finest examples of medieval architecture in England, The Cathedral
of St Peter, is the most distinctive feature of Exeter's skyline. Venture
inside and you will find the longest Gothic ceiling in the world. The
Astronomical Clock, also in the Cathedral, is reputed to be the inspiration
for the nursery rhyme "Hickory Dickory Dock". Guided tours are available
during the summer.
Superb displays of fine art and artifacts from all periods of Exeter's
history can be found in Exeter's Museums. At the Royal Albert Memorial
Museum admission is free and there is something of interest for everyone
- with an exciting programme of exhibitions, workshops and children's
activities. Explore beneath the city's High Street in a labyrinth of medieval
waterways or join a guided tour with the Exeter Red Coat Guides.
Some of Devon's most popular visitor attractions are located in the surrounding
area, Bicton Park & Gardens can be found at East Budleigh whilst at Clyst
St Mary near Exeter you will find Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park. While out and about take
time to search out the small villages and towns.