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This historic city of Exeter, also Devon’s county town, is the gateway to the West. It is full of interesting places to visit, excellent shopping facilities and plenty of places for eating and drinking.
Exeter Castle boasts the oldest standing gatehouse in Britain today, pretty gardens and lots to see, while the cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere, is definitely visit-worthy. You can make sure you really get to grips with the past, by taking the City Wall Trail or a Red Coat Guided Tour. Modern-day Exeter has a fantastic university, Guildhall Shopping Centre and Princesshay for leisure time, and the pretty Quayside for weekend wandering.
Historic pubs, reputedly frequented by Sir Francis Drake and Charles Dickens, are dotted throughout the city centre, but you’ll also find contemporary eateries to enjoy. Devon-born Michael Caines has a namesake restaurant at Abode, La Petite Maison serves French-inspired cuisine from its Topsham residence and On The Waterfront, as the name suggests, is located overlooking the River Exe and serves a broad menu of quality dishes. Exeter Farmers’ Market, Exeter Street Food Market and events like the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink provide food enthusiasts with further opportunity to understand and experiment with their favourite ingredients and produce, making Exeter a must-visit for those with a fetish for food.