Exeter in 3 Days - What to see in Exeter in 3 days

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If you’re staying in Exeter for an extended period of time, or just visiting for a few days, this section will give you a brief overview of what you should see and do.

Day 1


Start by taking a trip to the historic cathedral, in the city centre, and take a look inside. Go to Tea on the Green, right opposite the cathedral. Try their traditional Devon cream tea and take in the delightful scenery of the cathedral and the surrounding historic buildings.

Afterwards, do a spot of shopping (or window shopping if you prefer!) in Princesshay shopping centre, and then work your way down the high street until you reach Gandy street. Turn right down here if you want to explore the independant boutiques, or simply for the opportunity to take a pretty photo of the cobbled streets and old-fashioned shop signs.

Near the exit of Gandy street is Queen street, where you can find the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Entry is free, and you can spend as little or as long as you want here; generally speaking though, visitors spend about 1 and a half hours here.


When you’re done there, why not go for dinner in one of the restaurants in the newly-renovated Queen street dining hall, right opposite. Take your pick from Lebanese, Caribbean, Scandinavian and American cuisines. Or, grab dinner at Urban Burger, also on Queen street, where you can be certain that everything on your plate has been sourced from within a 40 mile radius of Exeter.

If you fancy an after-dinner drink, make your way up to the Terrace, a restaurant with a rooftop bar, also in the Queens street dining hall, and take in the views of Exeter by night. Or, walk a few minutes up the high street to the classy cocktail and lounge bar Monkey Suit. If you’re feeling up for a night of dancing, the legendary nightclub Unit 1 is just around the corner from here!

Day 2


Head to Brody’s Breakfast Bistro if you’re in need of a large breakfast or brunch. Take advantage of their unlimited pancakes as well as their full English breakfast options. Then, head towards the quay via Fore street and explore the vintage shops and independent stores selling unique gifts on your walk down. You might be able to pick up some bargains!

If you want to burn off some of that large breakfast, the quay offers several activities which can help you do just that. Take the footpath towards Topsham and walk the peaceful route along the river until you reach the Double Locks pub, where you can reward yourself with a drink and snack. Retrace your steps until you return to the quay. If you’re up for some more sports, hire a kayak or canoe - and try not to fall in the water!


Whilst you’re here, explore the quay’s little boutiques, and if you’re ready or dinner the restaurants here are great, especially On the Waterfront. Make your way back up to Exeter city centre and if you want to visit some of the bars, try the Book Cover if you’re after a unique experience, Old Firehouse for a cosy, pub atmosphere and Artigiano’s for a vibrant, classy vibe.

Day 3


Go to Number 1 Polsloe for a leisurely breakfast, and afterwards, visit the underground passages (remember, it’s better to pre-book!). Each tour lasts about 30 minutes.

Afterwards, make your way towards the main university campus, which is about 25 minutes walk away. When you arrive, take your time to explore its grounds, and discover the gardens, ponds and sculptures. You can see some great views over the city from the campus. Then, head down towards The Imperial pub, about 15 minutes walk away and enjoy a drink in their pub garden if the weather is nice. If not, take a seat in their bright and airy conservatory.

Continue along towards the town centre until you reach Queen street, where you’ll have the choice of an array of cafes and restaurants to stop for a late lunch, such as Las Iguanas. Have a walk around Northernhay and Rougemont gardens which are both nearby. Then, put your puzzle-solving skills to the test at Red House Mysteries and try to break out of the room before time runs out!


During your stay in Exeter, keep an eye out for markets and events, and attend them if you’re able to. To finish the day, go for dinner at Al Farid or Hubbox if you want to support a local business, and afterwards, have a drink in John Gandy’s classy cocktail bar.

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