Exeter Travel Guide
With continually improving rail and air links Exeter has begun to attract a number
of large businesses to the city to enjoy the benefits of the ‘great outdoors’
lifestyle within the controlled framework of a successful and expanding
The origins of the city’s importance pre dates the Romans who
created much of the infrastructure of modern day Exeter. The city’s importance
as an inland seaport from Medieval times to the post industrial revolution era
of the late 1800’s has sealed a still visible air of prosperity on the city.
The 12th century Cathedral,
the most popular visitor attraction of the city, is encircled by the Cathedral
Close lined with many fine examples of Medieval and Georgian houses, once the
homes of clerics and merchants. The city’s commercial centre with the exception
of few ancient buildings is largely the result of rebuilding following bombing
damage inflicted during WW2.
A leading city and regional shopping centre, the range and variety of the city’s shops reflects the needs of visitors, rural and
city dwellers alike. The area’s leading
theatre, The Northcott,
within the university campus, highlights the range and quality of Exeter’s
entertainment and recreation. The Barnfield
Theatre and the Exeter Phoenix
are two other important venues with packed programmes of drama, music, comedy
and frequent exhibitions. Like most university towns and cities in Britain,
Exeter is not short of pubs,
and some distinctly non-genteel nightlife.
Exeter’s rural and marine proximities have spawned an expanding epicurean culture based
on high quality local food products. As a consequence both Exeter and the
surrounding area have by national terms almost an over abundance of excellent places to dine.
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