travelgrove Reviews
 

Descovering the beauties of Exeter, United Kingdom

 
    Exeter's mapCathedral
Gothic Window
Meetinghouse
lindamura's pictureby lindamura review
added on 27th of July, 2007

EXETER, England- personal view-Location

Exeter is located in the southwest of England, Devon County and on the banks of the river Exe.

Getting there

It is an easy destination to get to. If you fly in to one of London’s airports you can take the bus to Exeter or rent a car and drive on Route 108.

It is a typical English town with Victorian and Georgian architecture, those interested in history and architecture have a lot to do and see here. There are no blocks of flats, there are only houses and the original atmosphere of the town was in a major part kept so you can still see some old thatched roof houses.

Downtown is beautiful and best seen on foot as it is quite compact and the major attractions can within walking distance. It is full of shops, restaurants and pubs, lots of pubs. It also has a famous cathedral, very impressive and around it a nice lawn locals call the “Cathedral Green”. It is the gathering place where people come to eat their lunch, and don’t imagine some terrace, of course there are but when I say people come here to have their lunch I mean they sit on the grass and have a sandwich as most of those who work in the offices in the area do this.

It is here on the Cathedral green that the volunteer guides come to take you on some fabulous tours of the town. You can pick the tour you like and meet your Red Coat Guide and spend about 90 minutes discovering Exeter. There are tours that last 30 minutes: the Custom House tour or a tour that last longer about 2 hours: the Exeter’s City Wall tour. Other tours are: Topsham Tours, Exeter Old and New, Forgotten Exeter, Roman Exeter, The Catacomb Tour, Cathedral Close and Palace Garden, The Port of Exeter, Oddities and Curiosities, Medieval Exeter, Murder and Mayhem, Exeter through the Ages, City on Sunday, Cathedral to Quay and Exeter Blitz. There is even a ghost tour called Ghosts and Legends that takes you to all the haunted places! If you go on all the tours you will definitely learn everything there is to know about Exeter. There is a schedule for the tours posted and if about ten people happen to be there at the appointed time the guide will start the tour so no booking is required. You will easily recognize them because they are dressed in red coats.

Shops are opened till 5 pm which is pretty bad for a visitor but pubs are opened till late at night.

Shops are very stylish but you won’t find the chic things you would expect to find in London maybe. The shops I really enjoyed were the ones that sold hats. There were all types of hats and it was fun trying them out but watch out, no photo taking as it is forbidden. The English ladies’ taste for hats is well known, one of the greatest hats fan is the queen.

The riverside is beautiful and it is a pleasure to walk on the waterfront, you may even see some Old Dutch houses.

Nearby area

The beach is not far as are not other very interesting places to visit like: Torquay, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Exmouth and Paignton resorts. They are all enchanting and with nice beaches and a beautiful waterfront.

Transport

Public transport includes busses there are no trams and I have not seen many double deckers around (they are typical busses for London but can be seen in other major cities too). The bus service is so good that there is really no need to drive your car in the city centre you may leave it at the Car Park off Western Way.

Entertainment

There are few clubs around and young people usually go in pubs. And you can see a lot of youth around ad there is an important university and many other schools both for the locals and for the foreigners who come here to learn English.

There are places where you can have some dancing lessons but there are few people in Exeter who go dancing, the favorite places are the pubs. The young generations are heavy drinkers and you can see girls drink as much as boys. Girls are not ashamed to go in pubs, they are considered respectable places in pubs are no shame.

Food

If English people are not well known for something that is food, I’m talking about home coking. The vegetables are mainly boiled and maybe some gravy is added on them (a kind of traditional sauce). It is definitely healthy but the taste is not so good. They don’t eat soup much. If you eat out you can taste some delicious food and the one dish they are known for: fish and chips is really delicious.

 

Things about Exeter you may be interested in

Be the first who requests a site listing for this page.
 
 
England - overview

1. Jul 4, 2007 Descovering the beauties of Exeter (Exeter)  (* 3)

Start from beginning1 - 1          Journal overview


Read about Exeter in our travel-guide
 
 
 
guides

Recommended Exeter Guide

Exeter Travel guide

ExeterExeter’s Cathedral is one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic work with some unique Norman towers and the tallest Bishop’s Throne in England. The 850 years old majestic cathedral dominates the city centre and is the city’s centerpiece. Quayside This is one of the most interesting spots in the city, dates back to the 17th century and is close to High Street and the Cathedral. in the past it was a busy port dealing with the import and export of goods but now it is full of antique and craft shops, and of course pubs that are hosted in the old buildings.... Read more »

 
 
reviews

Recent reviews for Exeter

Traveling around in London - Sep 7, 2009, by Guinevere1988
London is one of the greatest cities of the world and not just in the "geographical" sense of the word. For the first time there I was very confused, but after the third visit I got used to the taste of the city. Before going I... Read more »

Bad club experience in Glasgow - Dec 27, 2009, by ian123456
It is advertised that Glasgow is a place of many cultures, what a pack of lies. If you are a foreigner and want to get into a nightclub, try and not say anything because if the doormen hears you have an accent then they come up with all... Read more »

The attractions of London - Mar 7, 2008, by lindamura
Visit London. London, one of the world's greatest cities, offers a bountiful array of attractions and activities. For those intrigue with the royals, to the adventure seeker, to those who want to take in all the major museums and... Read more »

Applegarth Hotel Windermere - Apr 25, 2011, by jensmith
Applegarth Villa is truly a rare find in the very heart of the Lake District. Offering individual luxury accommodation of the highest standard, this magnificent Villa is unique to Windermere and the food was amazing. We found the owners... Read more »

What you should know about Leeds - May 23, 2009, by bicska
Leeds is the biggest business city in Yorkshire. There are many nice restaurants and lots of shoppingcenters and shopping streets! If you like spend days whit shopping in a nice city, you need to go to Leeds! I spent there a few days... Read more »

 
 

More reviews you might be interested in

Thun reviews - Switzerland
What can you do in this small city? Well I would say everything, really. It's a small, but really attractive city between the Alps and Thun lake....
A lot of things to do in Thun Switzerland

Cologne reviews - Germany
Cologne is one crazy large and fun town that may be worth a visit when in Germany. Its closely located near Düsseldorf as well, so there are...
Things to do in Cologne

 

Denia reviews - Spain
It's a normal Spanish city, that's lying close to the sea with soem nice hotels and inns, I wouls personally recommend inns, they are much more...
Visit the beach of Denia, Spain

Windermere reviews - United Kingdom
Applegarth Villa is truly a rare find in the very heart of the Lake District. Offering individual luxury accommodation of the highest standard,...
Applegarth Hotel Windermere

 

Athens reviews - Greece
I've never seen such a different city before that time. On the one hand there was everything historical and full of antique things, on the other...
Athens - first impression

Szentendre reviews - Hungary
Szentendre is a beautiful little city near the capital of Hungary, Budapest. The historical city center is the best part of it :) Cars are not...
How to get to Szentendre

 

Salerno reviews - Italy
It was time for some sea break. But also there was history. A beautiful ancient roman sea villa was located there and of course we listened again...
Having great time in Salerno

Boston reviews - Massachusetts
Boston is not just famous for Red Sox! If you decide to visit this meticulous capital then you will be surprised to know more. If you want to go...
Discover Boston's attractions

 

Laguna Beach reviews - California
I used to leave in Lake Forest, and this really seemed to be one of the best places to hang out at during the weekend. There are great places to...
Refreshing days in Lake Forest, CA

Palo Alto reviews - California
I've been using many different car services to take me to the airport over the years, but elite limo-Palo Alto http://www.elitelimousineinc...
Recently at Palo Alto, California

 
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*