If you’re looking for a destination with character aplenty and a story around every historic corner – it’s got to be Exeter. Exeter holidays are as much about discovering the city’s past as they are about escaping daily life, and it’s got it all going on. 

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Did you know? A local’s guide to holidays in Exeter…


Things to do in Exeter

Let’s get started with your holiday planning then, as Exeter’s favourite attractions have something for everyone. Make like a local and head to Sandy Park to cheer on Exeter Chiefs rugby team. Even if you’re not too into the game, it’s worth going along just to experience the atmosphere, and it’s easy to reach from the city centre.  

Next, it’s got to be the beautiful cathedral. The cathedral hosts events throughout the year, and if you’re keen to enjoy the architecture and get to know more about its history, there are guided tours inside most days of the week. The cathedral green is surrounded by some of the city’s most popular restaurants too, so why not book a table and dine with a view? 

Just moments from the cathedral, you’ll find that busy city centre with its many High Street shops. Head to Gandy street to get off the beaten track and grab a bargain, and with cobbled streets and quirky boutiques it’s the perfect spot for souvenir shopping.  


Holiday cottages in Exeter 

Our holiday cottages in Exeter mean you can take in this bustling city at your own pace. Get up when you’re ready, languish over breakfast and then choose which of the resort’s many attractions you’re going to take in for the day. Exeter may be a thriving cathedral city, but it’s still in Devon – so it’s laidback enough to make it perfect for an escape from it all.  

You’ll find holiday cottages within easy reach of the city’s best-loved sights and attractions, and Exeter makes a fantastic base for those days spent further afield. Just a hop and a skip from the M5, Exeter holidays have got it all.  

Restaurants in Exeter 

However you choose to work up an appetite, there are plenty of restaurants in Exeter to impress hungry foodies. Harry’s Restaurant has always been a favourite with visitors and locals, and it serves up a global menu with a warm atmosphere. Cote specialises in French cuisine, and Tea on the Green is a top choice for that all-important cream tea with a view. Why not wander down to the quay and tuck into a pizza at The Waterfront? Or, just across the water, you’ll find the ever-popular Samuel Jones.  

Speaking of the quay, if you hire a bike from one of the hire shops beside the water you can hop on two wheels and cycle your way along the canal. The Double Locks pub and restaurant is an easy ride from the centre of the city, and you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle. The beer garden extends into a sweeping lawn, perfect for picking a picnic bench and enjoying a ploughman’s by the water on a sunny day. This is of Exeter’s most dog friendly spots too, and a great place to chew the cud with the locals while you unwind.  

  • What are holidays in Exeter like?

    If you’re a foodie, you’ll have your pick of some of the finest places to eat and drink in Devon. For the sightseers, the cathedral stands proud at the centre of the city, and if you love to shop you’ll be treated to a plethora of  independent shops and big brands including the fantastic Princess Hay shopping mall. Slightly further afield but within easy reach by car is the charming riverside town of Topsham, and the popular Darts Farm.

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