For your next holiday why not choose one of the many holiday cottages, apartments and b&bs available in the beautiful historic city of Exeter for a relaxing and cultural break? Due to the many holiday rentals available there will surely be one to suit every visitor's needs.
Find and book the perfect apartment or holiday cottage in Exeter
Although a relatively small city, Exeter is one of the UK's most interesting and picturesque cities for your next holiday rental in Devon. It was founded before the Romans even arrived in England, so there is a wealth of history around every corner.
When to visit Exeter
Exeter is picturesque all year round, but it really shines in the summer. Its proximity to the sea makes the summer the perfect time to visit, because you can combine a city break in Exeter with a trip to the Devon beaches. Summer is also the most reliable for good weather: as with the rest of the UK, weather in Exeter can be temperamental, but its position on the southern coast means the summertime is usually really nice weather.
How to get there
Although Exeter can seem far from the rest of the UK, it's very well connected so it's not difficult to get there. There are regular trains from London and other major cities all across England: it takes around 2 and a half hours to get to Exeter's central train station from London. National Express also offer services to Exeter from most towns and cities in the UK, as well as Megabus for an even more affordable option. If you're looking to drive yourself, follow the M5 if you're coming from the west or the M3 from London or the South East. Exeter has Park and Ride bus services, so you can book a holiday cottage in the countryside around the city if you want to enjoy the outdoors during your break.
From further afield, Exeter has its own international airport, which has flights from other major cities in the UK as well as Paris, Amsterdam, Malaga and other European destinations. It's also only 5 miles from the city, so it really is convenient!
If you are already holidaying in Devon, it is unsurprising that you would want to visit the county's famous city, so hop aboard the train and enjoy Exeter's rich culture in almost no time at all. From your accommodation in Torquay, the train takes only 40 minutes in some cases, while a holiday rental in Paignton is also a 40 minute ride away.
How to get around in Exeter
There is an extensive local bus network, so it's easy to get around using public transport if you haven't brought a car with you. Alternatively, you can hire cars by the hour with Co-cars, which is the perfect solution if you'll only need to drive for one day of your trip. There are also good taxi companies, including Apple Taxis, which can pick you up from anywhere in the city, including the train station or the airport. If you've brought your own car, Exeter has plenty of parking and even multiple electric vehicle charging points! Perhaps the best way to explore Exeter, though, is by bike: there's a huge network of cycle paths in and around the city, allowing you to take in the beautiful surroundings as well as getting some exercise.
Where to stay in Exeter
Slightly outside Exeter, Topsham has been called one of Devon's best destinations for food lovers. It's crammed with independent boutiques, restaurants and pubs, and even has traditional family-run butchers, greengrocers, bakeries, cheese and wine shops. Set on the beautiful River Exe, you can enjoy a wonderful meal at the same time as a brilliant view. Book a holiday cottage in Topsham if your holiday priority is eating as well as possible.
To the north of the city, Pennsylvania is a vibrant area with beautiful properties and a large student population. Book an Airbnb here to make the most of the opportunity to stay in a large, grand Victorian house on the hills of Exeter.
This is the most popular area in Exeter for locals, and not without good reason. It is within walking distance of the city centre, so there is loads to do, with bars, restaurants and shops nearby. This area is one of Exeter's more expensive areas, so it's perfect for a luxurious weekend city break. Book a bed and breakfast in St Leonards to have all your needs catered to.
What to do in Exeter
The Underground Passages are a unique attraction to Exeter. Originally built for water pipes in medieval times, nowadays they are open to tourists, with guided tours and a heritage centre. These are the only tunnels of their kind in Britain open to visitors.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
This award-winning museum has 16 galleries of displays, exploring Exeter's history from prehistoric times to the present day. It's not all about Exeter, though – it has exhibits from all over the world. Great for families, the museum has a wide range of things to see and do, including activities, talks and constantly changing exhibitions. Best of all, it's free!
This imposing cathedral, dating from around 1400, is absolutely beautiful and one of Exeter's key landmarks. It boasts the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England as well as an astronomical clock. Even if you're not religious at all, there's always plenty going on at the cathedral and it's an undeniably beautiful piece of architecture. They host talks and tours of the cathedral and its grounds all year round. Visit in the summertime to catch the Summer Music Series: they have really talented musicians performing every week between June and August.