The Devon Hotel, in Exeter, is perfectly positioned for a varied and surprisingly full stay. Located just outside the city centre, with easy access to the main routes in and out of Exeter, it's very easy to move from the bustling streets of shopping centres to the remote jagged hills of Dartmoor. This makes the hotel a perfect place to stay, as your breaks can easily involve everything that Devon has to offer!
Thinking of visiting Exeter towards the end of the year? The hotel has created a lovely guide that sums up the best 10 things to do in Exeter during autumn, which we know will fill you with short break ideas.
Read the full news piece through the link below, but to summarise, here are the 10 things to do in Exeter this autumn...
1. Experience the Christmas Market
Exeter Christmas Market takes place 15th November to Sunday 16th December in 2018. The long-running Christmas Markets sees many food and gift providers selling their products from iconic wooden huts in the heart of the city. Naughty but delicious foods, beer and drinks, items of clothing and entertainment come from local businesses and independent traders.
2. Go City Centre Shopping
Exeter as a whole is the perfect place to quench the need for shopping, at any time of year. The long and historic high street is jam-packed with big names and independent shops. Branching off the street are big shopping centres, quaint streets and small hidden gems.
3. See Exeter Cathedral
It really is the focal point of Exeter that needs to be seen to be truly appreciated. Exeter Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture found anywhere, and it's a hub of activity and events throughout the year. Not all of these are religion based, so there’s plenty to do, see and learn for all.
4. Take a Red Coat Guided Tour
The Red Coat Guided Tours are an award-winning and free series of tours around Exeter, run by experienced and qualified volunteer guides, who host a variety of tours, each one focusing on a different aspect of Exeter's history and culture. Operating throughout the year, no bookings are required, simply turn up and meet a Red Coat Guide to spend 90 minutes discovering Exeter. Tours depart from the West Front of Exeter Cathedral.
5. Visit Underground Passages
Deep beneath the main high street and the city centre are a series of tunnels originally built to contain water pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter. These pipes regularly leaked, so there had to be enough room for workers to travel underground. These days the pipes have gone, providing an opportunity for a guided tour of Exeter's Underground Passages. It’s a memorable event - narrow, dark, interesting and exciting, though perhaps not for the claustrophobic.
6. Go to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, or RAMM
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is full of colourful and classic exhibits and events. It combines elements of the National History Museum in London with the small heart and soul of Devon museums. Stunning displays and galleries are coupled with fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. Exhibits range from animals to Pop Art to wartime Devon photography. The displays reveal the regions rich history alongside stunning items from around the world.
7. Have Fun and See the Swans at Exeter Quay
The quayside is found where Exeter meets the River Exe. It’s an attractive and bustling place to walk, shop, dine, do a range of sports or feed the ducks and swans. Once a bustling port, now the quay is a popular place of leisure and relaxation. You can choose to browse the shops at a leisurely pace, walk or cycle along the water's edge, enjoy a relaxing boat ride, hire a kayak or paddleboard, find something good to eat, go ten-pin bowling or climb the South West’s highest climbing wall.
8. Step out the City and Walk on Dartmoor
Heading west out of Exeter is Dartmoor National Park - which in itself has many places to visit. Dartmoor is a protected area of conservation filled with wild ponies, woods, valleys, rivers and rolling moors with formidable rock formations. If the rush of city life becomes too much, it’s just a short drive to the edge of the moors where the beautiful scenery and fresh country air awaits.
9. Place a Bet at Exeter Racecourse
Found just ten minutes from The Devon Hotel, Exeter Racecourse is in a stunning location with views of the beautiful Devon countryside. Events take place throughout the year, with corporate-friendly weekday meetings, holiday fixtures to suit the whole family and a popular Ladies Evening in May. From the rush of watching horses race to the thrill of betting money, visit Exeter Racecourse during your next visit to the area.
10. Dine and relax at The Devon Hotel
After a busy day out seeing everything Exeter has to offer, it’s time to put your feet up and relax before heading to your luxury room.
See the Devon Hotel news piece in full here...