“Paul and Chantal's home has everything you need for a relaxing holiday, It is very spacious and only a short walk to the train station, I took a train to Torquey, Plymouth and Taunton, I really did not feel the need for a car, although it would be handy to explore the wonderful area. Exeter itself is a lovely historic city. Communication was very good with Paul and Chantal and my home was very clean when I arrived home. If you are looking to explore the South West of England and its wonderful countryside and beaches, I Would highly recommend a swap with this home. I would certainly repeat the experience.”
Where is it?
Our house is half a mile from the River Exe and Exeter Quay, where bikes or canoes/kayaks may be hired to enable you to explore the riverside and canal. There are also some wonderful pubs and restaurants along the canal/river.
We are only 8minutes walk from a local train station which will enable you to explore alongside both sides of the Exe Estuary.
From St, David's station (20mins walk or take a local train): an hour by train will take you to Plymouth and the National Marine Aquarium; or in the other direction Bristol and the SS Great Britain. Central London can be reached by train from Exeter in 2.5hours.
On our doorstep is Dartmoor National Park (ten minutes drive) 368 square miles of granite tors and rugged landscape. Brilliant for walking.
Or 20minutes drive (or train) will take you to one of the many popular Devon beaches. While the north coast of Devon/Cornwall (an hour's drive away) is frequented by surfers.
Exeter's 2,000 year history is reflected in its heritage attractions, such as the Gothic St Peter's Cathedral and the Roman City Wall. Explore beneath the city's streets at Exeter's Underground Passages, medieval passages originally built to bring fresh water into the city in medieval times. Find out more about Exeter's fascinating history on one of the free Red Coat Guided Tours, or take one of three Self-Guided Heritage Trails around the city.
Other historic buildings include the Exeter Guildhall and Tuckers Hall, or head down to Exeter's Historic Quayside, a hub of leisure and activity, where you can explore the River Exe and Exeter ship canal by boat, bicycle or on foot, and discover the historic Exe Island. Visit the Quay House Visitor Centre to discover Exeter's maritime history and watch a free short film - Exeter: 2,000 Years of History.
Stunning displays at the City's Royal Albert Memorial Museum take visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day and from Exeter all around the world. It's busy programme of exhibitions and events means there's always something new. Free entry means you can call time and again.
Exeter hosts a varied programme of performances at its Theatres, from local amateur dramatics to international touring theatre companies. The Exeter Corn Exchange and Exeter Phoenix both hold regular performances of theatre, dance and comedy, plus live music from internationally renowned acts. There is also live music in Exeter's bars and Nightclubs, and the city has three Cinemas showing the latest blockbuster films and world cinema.
Exeter has plenty of green space in and around its city centre. Within the city, Northernhay Gardens and Rougemont Gardens are wonderful places to walk or sit in peace, bordered by colourful displays of plants and flowers and surrounded by the historic City Wall.
Surrounding the city are five Valley parks, offering a wide choice of leisurely walks, places to relax, fine views and plenty of wildlife. Exeter is located close to two National Parks, the closest being Dartmoor just seven miles away.
Walking in Exeter is a popular activity, as it is a compact city, easily explored on foot. Flat, accessible routes alongside the river are ideal for exploring with a wheelchair or pushchair. Exeter is a Cycling Demonstration Town, so Cycling is also an excellent way to explore. The city is particularly cycle-friendly with an extensive network of cycle paths and convenient places to park your bicycle.
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