Exeter is a beautiful city that is filled with history, gardens and more, making it a fantastic destination for those explorers who simply cannot sit still while on holiday. In this blog we delve into the hidden treasure of the city of Exeter and get your inner explorer ready for their next adventure.
Starting in the centre of the city, the beautiful Cathedral has to be mentioned. Being one of the oldest cathedrals in England, the building is an icon of remarkable architecture, stunning stained glass and boasts the longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting in the world.
The Royal Albert Museum is a great place for those who love history and art. There is a range of exhibitions on show at all times as well as the regular collections of exotic animals, birds and insects.
The underground passages are steeped in history with stories of war, sieges, plagues and more. Organised trips can be arranged where you can explore the tunnels which are lit throughout.
The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is the place to go for those interested in film. It is home to one of the largest collections of material relating to the moving images of Britain. Making it a great stop off in your adventure of Exeter to discover everything about the process of film making.
If castles take your interest then you are in luck as Exeter is blessed with an impressive castle. Powderham Castle is a 600 year old fortified manor and is home to the Earl and Duchess of Devon. Take tours around the stately home, stepping into the past and history of the building. As well as the magnificent castle, the surrounding grounds are just as spectacular with deer to be spotted along your walk.
Another location that should be on your list if you enjoy National Trust sites is Clyston Mill. It is one of the last remaining watermills. Arrive and learn all about the life of a miller and how flour is still ground today.
For the Garden Lover
Even though Exeter is a city there are plenty of green spaces that will keep those garden lovers in the family happy, starting with Northernhay Gardens, which is just a short walk from the centre of town. Originally the area was quarried in Roman times for stone which was used to build the adjacent walls. It is now a beautiful spot to wander through or stop off for a picnic.
Another garden connected closely with Northernhay is Rougemont Gardens. Originally it was part of the defence for Exeter Castle but now is a stunning location for visitors to stroll and enjoy the fresh air and green planting.
If you enjoy viewing both houses and gardens then Killerton House will be right up your street. Another National Trust site that is situated within 6400 acres of working farmland, woods, cottages and orchards. A dog-friendly site where you can choose from a wide variety of walks. The house itself is also available for viewing where you can see the history of the past and how the old owners lived.
Princess Gardens is a beautiful spot, especially for wisteria lovers. The garden stands on the site of William Lucombe’s nursery found in 1720, most famous for his development of the Lucombe Oak.
A final place to visit is Fursdon House Garden and Tea Room, one of Devon’s oldest family homes. The Fursdon family have lived in the historic house for over 750 years. You can explore the house, gardens and afterwards enjoy a delicious cream tea in their tea rooms.
Where to Stay
Although the heart of Exeter city is filled with stunning architecture and steeped in history it can be nice to leave the hustle and bustle behind after a day of exploring and return to a charming and tranquil holiday cottage or bed & breakfast. Here at Devon Farm Holidays, we have plenty on offer, many of which have easy access into the city. Be sure to take a look at our website to see these properties.