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Exeter is a city located in Devon in the south of England. This is a historical town with strong ties back to the time of the Roman Empire. Exeter has a spectacular cathedral that dates right back to the 12th century. The city has a population of around one hundred and twenty thousand and has a real thriving community. The city has an excellent university which means the city often has a large amount of young educated people around.
If you are looking to visit Exeter then there are plenty of options when it comes to accommodation. There are some large hotels offering high quality rooms and good food and an excellent service. Some of the notable hotels in the area include, The Royal Clarence Hotel, Mercure Hotel and the Exeter Court Hotel. These all come with a good reputation and are all of a good standard. There are lots of other hotels in the area ranging from top of the line to smaller guest houses and bed and breakfast. There are also lots of cottages in the area that are available for rent, most of these are privately owned but all of a good standard.
There is plenty to do in Exeter itself. The cathedral really is well worth a look and does offer some stunning architecture. The grounds are also a really nice place to look around and enjoy the peace and quiet. There are also some impressive underground passages in Exeter that have been there for many years, these are an interesting experience that are worth a look. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum may interest some people, this is a good place to go and explore the history of the area. There is also a good shopping centre in the middle of the city, all the shops you would expect in a city of this size. There are also many excellent galleries in the city that are really well worth a visit and even if you are not really into this kind of culture you will always find something that will grab your attention in the city.
Exeter is also a popular place to visit at night. There is a busy nightlife in the city and always something going on. With this being a university city there are plenty of people who are out and about wanting to enjoy themselves, sometimes that can be a negative thing but you tend to find that in Exeter the atmosphere is pretty relaxed and friendly and you don't tend to feel threatened when out in the city at night.
Exeter is also set in some wonderful countryside. There are some great places to visit in Devon that really are well worth a look. Dartmoor national park is an area of outstanding beauty and is only a short drive from Exeter, this really is a great place to explore. There are also some wonderful beaches in Devon and a stunning coastline, there are countless quaint little villages and lovely market towns in the area that really are worth exploring.
Overall Exeter really is a great place to visit. There is so much going on in the city itself and so many other great places to visit in the area. This is a city with a wonderful culture and a friendly atmosphere. If you have never been to Exeter then it really is a place well worth a visit.
I lived in Exeter for 19 years, I grew up in St. Thomas area, since moving people always tell me what a great place Exeter is, although I agree it's a good place to visit it is not a place I would want to live in again. Although there are good and bad things about every city and others may have a completely different view than I on living in Exeter. I think that certain areas have become wrecked which is extremely disappointing as the city holds beautiful archaeology and history.
I think that its good that the city have put the mall in as it is obviously going to attract more shoppers providing the city with more income, which is very much needed, but I feel that Exeter City Council are trying to modernise the city to much, its known for its history and feel the money could have been spent more wisely like improving the standard of living for those who are in poverty and to improve the vandalised parks and buildings in some areas.
That aside Exeter does have many pros, for a start employment is fairly easy to find there especially with their expanding high street and industrial estate, Marsh Barton.
Exeter does have some fascinating attractions the three I would recommend are.....
Exeter Cathedral - A truly beautiful place to be, the cathedral was founded in 1050 and is the heart of the city and its community. Schools are actively involved within the cathedral singing mainly at carol concerts etc. It is said to be the greatest example of gothic architecture. Prices: Free Entry although donations are greatly appreciated.
Underground Passages - These medieval passages date back to the 14th centaury, and are the only underground passages of its kind, available to the public, in Britain. Prices: Adult £4.90, Child £3.40, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £14.65, under 5' are not permitted in the passages.
Exeter Quay - Beautiful part of the city filled with restaurants, cafes and shops. The Quay is always filled with ducks and swans and is a great place to go to relax or play football on the grass area with your children. Over the bridge is Haven Banks Retail Park, which has a Mega Bowl (tenpin bowling), Matalan and the Range. A little further down you will find the Malt house, which is part of the harvester chain complete with an indoor children's play area and small outdoor park.
The High Street and Mall is a great place to shop but Exeter is a fairly small town you can easily find yourself feeling cramped.
Overall I would say Exeter is a great place for day trips, the night life is ok but not as good as surrounding towns, the house prices are always rising there so it may be a good place to buy a property and what with the increasing employment, Exeter may be on the rise, I hope that they soon sort out their "problem" areas and return Exeter to its full glory of being a safe, historic city.
Exeter is a small city in the South West. It has a gorgeous Cathederal, and alot of great places to shop too. There is a new development that has not long been built in Exter - The Princesshay shopping centre. This shopping centre is open air, and covers a large area.
Exeter also has a few train stations and a bus station. There are several car parks around Exeter too, so travel into and out of Exeter is fairly easy.
There are several Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in Exeter, mostly all within walking distance of the city centre. This makes a longer visit to Exeter easier and more affordable.
Exeter also has its own University which is based close to the city centre also. There are therefor several students in the twon on a regular basis. There are also a lot of nice places to eat in Exeter - ranging from Fast Food to fine Cuisine.
All in all Exeter is a lovely place to visit, whether it is for a day or longer.
I often wonder how anyone can some up an entire city, even a small one like Exeter, in a review like this. There is an endless amount of things one could say about Exeter, or any other city for that matter, as these days cities are rapidly loseing any uniqueness. Every city has the same shops, and all these shops sell exactly the same products. For this review I will attempt to outline what makes Exeter different, whilst also explaining what makes it exactly the same as anywhere else. Exeter is an old city, founded some 2000 years ago by the Roman 2nd Augusta Legion as a military outpost. Around the centre of the city one can see the remains of the Roman wall in a few places. The most striking building in the city is the medieval Cathedral, and surrounding green, which can be one of the most pleasant places in the city to sit and ponder lifes problems. As a stark contrast less than a 2 minute walk from the cathedral you can get to a McDonalds, Burger King or KFC. The shops on a whole are very standard for the city of it's size. Woolworths, WHSmith, Argos, Sainsburys and Tescos centrals, various brand clothes stores, Debenhams, Waterstones etc etc. Key areas I would suggest for anyone to visit would be the key, the cathedral, and the motorway leading away from the city. The centre of the city has a large and noticeable problem, this being drunks, tramps and drug-addicts. Every pleasant place you find to sit down, you will be approached by someone asking for spare change for alcohol or drugs. Indeed many do not even bother to lie about what they intend to spend your change on, and will quite happily tell you they insted to get wasted etc. Only a few months ago upon the key, a wild swan was brutally beaten to death by a drug-crazed lunatic. I read more frequently in the newspaper of attacks by drunken thugs. The city also now boasts a large and very noticeable population of asylum seekers, who you can see walking in large gangs along the far ends
of the main centre. The locals are for the most part rude, ignorant people who will happily barge right past you in the street. Add to this the large amounts of charity workers, market researchers, mormons and other religious workers who stop you in the street and you will soon find walking through the city a nightmare. And it shall only ever get worse as the city Expands. Unlike London, and other large citys, Exeter lacks anything really worth visiting. The city is extremely unpleasant at night, and it is hard for one to feel safe there anymore. Too often will people call this a nice, pleasant city, and if you take away the people it probably would be. For me personaly the centre of the city is a depressing place to have to visit.
First things first, I have to admit that I havent actually lived in Exeter for long, however in the short time I have lived here, I'd like to think that I've learnt quite alot about the place. I'm originally from Brighton, a place which I love and adore, however when making my decision about which university to go to, I felt like a bit of a change. I looked around quite a few universities (sussex included), however when looking at Exeter, I knew that both the University, and the place itself were pretty special. Since I was offered a place at Exeter, I have never really looked back. I've decided just to talk about the city itself in this op as I've already written an opinion on the University itself - feel free to take a peek if you want. For me, Exeter is quite a small city, with a population of a mere 90,000, however, for what it lacks in sixe, it makes up for in character! The city centre is a paradise for any enthusiastic shopper. All the usual high street stores are present, including a generously sized Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, and the city's very own shopping centre. Exeter also has a fair number of small, independent shops which give the city that extra little bit of character. The city centre itself is wonderful - the city has maintained it's classic architecture, whilst at the same time, provides a busy and modern environment for the student population to thrive in. It is important to mantion that Exeter is very much a student city. Although students account for only 12,000 of the city's 90,000 population, the city really does revolve around the university - personally I believe that this is a great thing. As a student, Exeter is an extremely cheap place to live, far detached from the widely publicised London prices. There's plenty of pubs and bars where you can pick up a pint for little over a pound, and the food is cheap too! For such a small city, Exeter has a pretty
decent clubbing scene too. My personal favourite is Warehouse on thursday nights, although im also partial to the occasional Arena on monday nights. Be warned though, as a catherdral city, most of the clubs close at 1am, which can be pretty frustrating at times. Exeter is also an extremely friendly place to live. Although ive only been here a few months, Ive found the local people to be extremely friendly and welcoming towards students, and stories of crime and violence are few and far between. In fact it's the lack of social problems which make Exeter an excellent place to live - Drugs, homelessness, and violence are almost non-existant. Exeter also has a third division football club - Exeter city, although they can usually be found looming dangerously close to the relegation zone. There is an abundance of private sector housing in Exeter at very reasonable prices, for example myself and 4 friends have already signed our contract for our house next year in an excellent location for just £45 a week each - bargain! One thing I do miss about Brighton though, is the restaurants. Although theres excellent pub food to be found in Exeter, there's a distinct lack of restaurants to be found, which is particularly dissappointing to me as I am an avid lover of eating out. Exeter is also surrounded by the beautiful dartmoor countryside, which I am sorry to say I have not seen as of yet, although I'm sure I will do at some point in the near future. Furthermore, being on the south coast, Exeter is only a few minutes from some picturesque beaches, most notably that of Exmouth which is about 20 miles away. Exeter really is a great place to live, as well as to study. There's something to suit everyone's tastes here whether you reckon you're a bit of a carefree hedonist, or you prefer the simple things in life, I can definately say that you'll feel quite at home here.
....well not literally of course! That is the slogan though which Exeter City Council uses to promote the city, and in many ways it is true. Exeter is a small cathedral and university city (perhaps comprobable with Durham) but it has a strong civic identity and is clearly a city which is rightfully proud of itself. The city has never had a major industry and perhaps this contributes to the air of historical continutiy, interuupted only by the Lufftwaffe in areas of less pleasent post-war architecture on the High Street. It is an an ancient city though, and its heart has always been the cathedral, which has been a site of worship for 1000s of years having been originally a Roman temple when the city was established and christian worship has been found on the site of the cathedral since it came to Britain. The cathedral is largely Gothic, with a truly magnificent facade, although parts of it are Norman. The area around the cathedral, namely Cathedral Yard and Cathedeal Close are home to some wonderful smaller shop and restaurants (including a good Arab restaurant called Al-Faird) and the sweeping lawns around the cathedral make a wonderful sunbathing spot in the summer, particulary favoured by students. The Quay is another area of interest in the town, although only small compared to some cities docksides, it is picturesque nonetheless. The quayside is dotted with antique shops, cafes and nightclubs (including the legendery, but frankly awful 'Warehouse'). The dockside was once frequented by the likes of Sir Francis Drake and its not hard to imagine him strolling along the docks, towards another Exeter landmark, the Old Custom House, which is also worth a look. The High Street has many of the typical chain stores as well, but its crowning glory must be the magnificently ornate Guildhall, a centre of civic pride for the area, and guided tours are available for this attraction. If it is shopping which the visitor seeks then smaller
shops down the winding side-streets are worth looking into. I can particulary reccomend Gandy Street, with shops such as Kitamani (specialising in African products) and Hen's Teeth (specialising in music, film and tv memrobilia) which make a refreshing change from the chain stores. It is a shame that Exeter's original Norman castle, 'Rougemont' no longer survives, except for a single gatehouse tower, but it is worth visiting anyway, since this is another charming area of the town centre. On Little Castle Street just off the High Street it leads up to the City Courts and Library and also features the 18th Century Rougemont House visitor centre and spectcular gardens, which often play host to out-door plays in the summer. Venturing a little further away from the High Street, down Queen Street you will find the Royal Albert Memomrial Museum, which although relatively small, is housed in a archtypally eleaborate Victorian building and is free and featuring some notable antiquities as well as having regular art exhibitions. As a student in Exeter I feel privelaged to live in the city, which is both vibrant and cosmopolitan as well as being just minutes from the beautiful countryside of Devon. Finally, I think I should mention that the Council runs an annual 'Exeter Festival' in the summer which features music (such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo) and comedy (including the brilliant Bill Bailey)which will be well worth seeing... just another reason why Exeter is a capital city!
Exeter is well situated as the central city in Devon. It boasts a host of historic buildings..Roman walls, underground passages, medieval public houses and of course, the wonderful Exeter Cathedral, (which actually has well preserved Roman baths under the forecourt). The Victoria and Albert Museum is well worth a visit..especially if the weather is wet..not only does it house a notable array of taxidermied animals, but also an impressive collection of foreign artifacts, ranging from ancient Greek/ Egyptian/ Roman etc. In view of local interest, there is also a well thought out collection of various finds which have been located within the shire. One will find the expected array of good high street shops which are easily accessible on foot. Cars are not permitted within the high street, but minibuses are, so shoppers with heavy bags to carry shouldn't be dissuaded! Car parking can be a problem at certain times of the day, however, there are at least 3 multi storey car parks and smaller ones to boot, but sometimes one might have to queue for a while..... once parked though, everything is then within easy walking distance. The nightlife is relatively good..but can get a bit wild...but then there usually are quite a few people out and about, so should only really be expected, I suppose. There are some nice waterholes to visit...theme pubs have proved to be popular with party animals!...Worth visiting.......
As a local Exeter seams the perfect place to live in, and offers some kind of activity for evey age range and every personality. If you are young and want a bit of excitement there are clubs on the Quay where you cann party, and awide range of pubs and bars. Also the are the cineama, football club and rugby clubs, as well as the Exeter festival held anually. For the younger children there are several nice beaches in North Devon (South Devon is nice but North Devon is much better)and local ammusement parks like Crealy Farm (Working farm with play areas) and Woodlannds (Amusement park) For the people looking to get away from it all then Exeter is nice and quiet and you can just sit by and watch the world go by, or take a leisurly look around the Historic parts, old tudor homes, Roman walls and of course the Catherderal. Exeter was bommbed during the war so some of these beautiful sites were tradgically damaged All in all Exeter has whatever you want from a town. It is a great place to make a base from to see the surrounding country side, which I counld write much more about. Well worth a visit.