A Day Out In Exeter

Exeter is a historic Devon city with a wide variety of activities for all the family.

This article was written on 20 November 2020
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We highly recommend this city for a day out. It’s rich history means there’s heaps of things to do and always proves a hit with our park guests!

The city of Exeter in South Devon makes a great family day out. With no end of things to do and attractions you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied. Dating back to Roman times the city is a destination full of gothic landmarks and historical gems. Exeter is 20 miles away from Forest Glade and takes roughly 35 minutes in a car via the M5 from our Devon holiday park. Here’s our guide to all the places you won’t want to miss on your day out in Exeter.

Exeter Cathedral


A trip to Exeter wouldn’t be complete without taking in some of the city’s rich history and landmarks. Exeter Cathedral is a truly stunning example of gothic architecture. The award-winning structure stands tall at just under 100 metres high with a surrounding green ideal for a picnic spot on a summer’s day. The Cathedral features a magnificent vaulted ceiling – the longest uninterrupted medieval example in the world. Guided tours are available to discover more about the history of the area and start from the front of the Cathedral. See Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours for more information.

Exeter Cathedral

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum


Further your knowledge of Devon and Exeter’s historical and cultural significance within the wider world at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Just a short walk from the main shopping streets, its central location makes it easy to find. The multi award-winning museum features a great host of exhibition rooms and galleries. Some of the interesting collections contain rare and ancient artefacts. The kids will be drawn to the many animal and insect displays.

royal Albert memorial museum Exeter

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Crealy Theme Park & Resort


Crealy Theme Park & Resort is a top Devon family attraction boasting over 60 unforgettable rides. Make a splash with the popular Tidal Wave and Vortex water rides. We recommend the attraction as an option for rainy days in Devon as it includes a large indoor play area. Look out for an exciting programme of events that tie in with school holidays and seasonal times of the year.

Crealy Theme Park & Resort

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Exeter Quayside


Exeter Quayside is a 15 minute walk from city centre and offers a great selection of pubs, cafes, restaurants along the River Exe. The perfect excuse to sit and watch the world go by, or go for a relaxing walk along the quayside. If you’re looking for a more active way to experience this part of the city there are opportunities here to take the chance of a bike ride or boat trip.

Exeter quay

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Exeter Castle


The remains of Rougemont Castle provide yet another example of Exeter’s architectural history. The famous landmark is commonly used as the setting for weddings and conferences. Visitors to the area can take an enjoyable walk alongside the city walls. Discover more about the castle on information boards as well as taking in some excellent city views.

exeter castle

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Exeter Racecourse


Exeter Racecourse is a fantastic day out. It has superbly maintained grounds equipped with excellent restaurant and bar facilities. Offering both corporate style weekday meetings, and fixtures that coincide nicely with holiday seasons. There’s sure to be a race event to suit all the family. The popular Ladies Evening in May is one to put in the calendar and the perfect chance to get dressed up.

Exeter racecourse

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Northernhay Gardens


Exeter has beautiful green spaces dotted around the city. The peaceful parks and gardens contribute significantly to the historical context of Exeter. Northernhay Gardens is in fact the oldest public gardens in England and is credited with Grade II status. Rougemont Gardens can be found in close quarters with Exeter Castle.

Northernhay gardens

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Underground Passages


Another historic feature of Exeter are its network of underground passages. These fascinating tunnels were once used to hold the pipes that controlled the flow of drinking water around the city. Visitors can now explore this subterranean attraction that lies beneath the streets of Exeter. Completely one of a kind in the UK. Be sure to take advantage of the excellent guided tours provided. Finally, take a look a The Heritage Centre to see a range of interactive displays and a chance to learn more.

underground passages

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Shopping in Exeter


If you feel like a spot of retail therapy you’re in for a treat in Exeter. There’s a perfect mix of unique independent boutiques and a range of regular high street names. All areas in Exeter are easy to walk to. You’ll find public spaces and pedestrianised areas to take a break from the hustle and bustle. As well as a great choice of cafes and restaurants if you get peckish. Exeter city centre has ample parking options and availability.