Exeter’s 14th century Gothic cathedral, Devon
Exeteris an historically interesting city and the capital of Devon, with grand medieval buildings such as the cathedral, houses in Cathedral Close, St Nicholas Priory, Quay House and The Guildhall as well as various medieval churches, half-timbered Tudor houses and well-kept Victorian and Georgian buildings. The city also contains the oldest public space in England, Northernhay Gardens.
But Exeter has more to offer than just ancient sights – university students bring a buzz to the city encouraging a wide range of lively, historic pubs in the compact city centre and around the quay, in addition to a variety of energetic festivals throughout the year and one of the newest, top rugby teams in Britain.
A fine statue of a seagull outside Exeter cathedral, Devon
Getting to Devon
Exeter is about 200 miles from London, a 4 hour drive or 2. 5 hours on the fastest scheduled train.
The city has a history stretching back to Roman times, was the start of the Fosse Way Roman road; parts of a fortified Roman wall can still be seen.
Unfortunately the city’s narrow streets – Parliament Street is reputed to be the narrowest street in the world – cause considerable traffic congestion, so car travel here is not a pleasant option.
From London the fastest car or coach route to Exeter would be the M4 motorway to Bristol followed by the M5, though a winding trip through Dorset would be far more interesting and scenic. However, in the summertime herds of lumbering caravans migrate en masse to the West Country along ‘A’ roads so speed freaks may prefer the motorways. Or let the train take the strain.
Devon’s south west coast path between Bantham and Thurlestone. Also see Devon beaches.