Day trips from Exeter - Places to visit and excursions around Exeter

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Although Exeter does have quite a lot of things to see and do, you may want to make the most of your time there by visiting some nearby towns and cities and exploring more of Devon. Keep reading for some suggestions of where to go if you fancy getting out of Exeter for the day.


On sunny days, people flock to Exmouth from Exeter, as it’s nearby and has a great beach! It’s just 30 minutes on the train from Exeter, making it a great option if you want a spontaneous trip to the coast. In addition to the beach, Exmouth has an array of independent clothing, food and gift shops, plus loads of seafood restaurants. If you are yet to try Fish and Chips, this is definitely the place to do it!

Totnes and Pennywell Farm

Totnes is a market down half an hour by train from Exeter. With its high street full of unique buildings and adorable gift shops, it’s a great place to go if you’re looking to buy some unusual gifts. Plus, they have loads of independent restaurants, cafes, tearooms and pubs. If you’re here and you have access to a car, why not take a trip to Pennywell farm? It’s just a few miles from Totnes and is a visitor's farm where you can feed and pet adorable animals such as piglets, baby goats and ferrets. Admission is about £15 per person.


Topsham is another pretty town near Exeter, only 15 minutes away by train. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Exeter city, this is a great town to visit. You can take a walk along to scenic path by the river’s estuary, or go for lunch in one of their traditional pubs. Like Exmouth and Totnes, there are many independent businesses here where you can pick up some unique items.


Bristol is a vibrant city about 1 hour away from Exeter by train. It’s already been mentioned in the nightlife section of this guide, and whilst it’s undoubtedly a great place to go for a night out, it has so much more to offer. Bristol is a big city which has so many things to see and do. Why not explore some of their 400 parks and gardens, or take a trip to the iconic Clifton suspension bridge? Or watch street artists paint the city’s walls during Upfest, or satisfy your cravings at the chocolate festival.


Plymouth has also been given a mention as a nightlife destination, and like Bristol, this city also has a lot more to give. For a night of waterside entertainment, why not attend the British Firework Championships, or if you’re more into live music, look into going to MTV crashes Plymouth. Plymouth also has many maritime museums, plus temporary exhibitions ranging from the arts to history. It’s only an hour away from Exeter by train, so it’s really easy to get to.

Cardiff, London - further afield

Despite being located towards the bottom-left corner of the United Kingdom, Exeter is very well connected to the rest of the UK, whether you choose to travel around by car, bus or train. For example, if you fancy taking a trip to Wales, you can get to the capital city of Cardiff in under 2 and a half hours. Or if you want to see some of London’s famous sights, you can take a direct train which gets you there in as little as 2 hours 15 minutes.

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