Things to do in Exeter

A small city with a big heritage, Exeter is not a place to rest on its laurels. Proudly celebrating its fascinating ancient past through the preservation of its wonderful historical buildings which provide ample sightseeing opportunities, the roll call of attractions stretches far beyond the bygone, ensuring you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Exeter. Cue an alluring foodie scene, outdoor activities galore, an exciting variety of stage and screen entertainment, diverse festivals and plenty of options for when the sun goes down – not to mention our selection of welcoming hotels in Exeter – and you’ll be infinitely pleased you made the trip.


History hums through Exeter’s many remarkable buildings, where you can trace the steps of the city’s tumultuous past and visit one of English’s oldest gardens. Read our guide to discover the best attractions that the city has to offer.


Whether you’ve got a taste for the high street, are on the hunt for a unique gift or want to support local businesses, Exeter has it all. From modern shopping centres to luxurious designer shops, there’s something to suit every shopper.


Surrounded by beautiful Devon countryside and waterways, Exeter offers a wide choice of indoor and outdoor activities, whatever your inclination. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to keep yourself entertained during your visit.

Exeter Phoenix

See what awaits you at the wonderful Exeter Phoenix. An independent home for music, theatre, film, comedy, art, workshops and classes, it is the undisputed artistic hub of the city and an absolute must-visit.

Exeter Racecourse

If you fancy a flutter on the horses, you can try your luck at the UK’s highest racecourse, perched overlooking the sweeping Devon countryside in the Haldon Hills.

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Take a peek behind the curtain and unpick what’s on and where in our theatre guide. Whether you’re wanting dance, drama or drag, you’ll be in your seat and excitedly awaiting the curtain call.


From loud, brash pantos to the angelic voices of Exeter Philharmonic Choir, and not forgetting those rib-tickling comedy nights, get to grips with what’s happening around the city.


Exeter’s cultural scene is a bristling roster of events, festivals, tours and exhibitions. Whether you’re a foodie, cinephile or history hound, there’s sure to be something to catch your eye.

Places to eat

Once a stalwart for homely Devon cuisine, Exeter now boasts a varied and adventurous foodie scene, attracting high-end chain restaurants, artisanal cafés where even the humble latte gets an ego boost, and sublime world food markets and festivals.


From cosy corners of traditional pubs to clandestine, jazz-filled speakeasies and adventurous cocktail bars where mixologists take centre stage, discover where to head when the sun goes down with our guide to the best nightlife in the city.

Getting around

Tucked away in the foot of the country, Exeter is helpfully supplied with a busy airport serving 10 UK cities, as well as many international destinations, while National Express and Megabus both offer services if you prefer to travel by wheels rather than wings.

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A popular destination for business travellers and tourists alike, Exeter is located in the heart of the beautiful South West region of England - and if you're planning a visit, our Exeter hotels make an ideal base.