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Exeter in general
Member Name: tinkers22
Exeter in general
Disadvantages: Crime rate is increasing, some areas need serious TLC
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.
Summary: Exeter - not a place i would live in again