2nd January 2019

12 Reasons Exeter is the Perfect Weekend Break Destination

The Devon Hotel is very proud to be a part of the Brend Hotels family - who have hotels throughout Devon and Cornwall. 

They have created a details guide entitled 12 Reasons why Exeter is the Perfect Weekend Break to promote holidays to Exeter and the surrounding area. You can read the full article through the link box at the bottom of this page. 

But we wanted to take this opportunity to share it with you ourselves, highlighting the many reasons why Exeter is the ideal place to visit and stay for a wonderful weekend stay or a short break.

The 12 reasons Exeter is the perfect weekend destination are...

1. Walking

Head west of Exeter to reach Dartmoor National Park with its rugged beauty and renowned walks. Or head south for a short drive to the Jurassic Coast for sensational walking on the cliff paths.

All around Exeter, there is beautiful rolling Devon countryside with miles of footpaths through meadows, woodland and areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Blackdown Hills

Exeter itself offers hours of fascinating city walks. Either explore yourself or take a guided walk.

2. History

Exeter has a fascinating history waiting to be discovered. Exeter Cathedral’s outstanding Gothic architecture is one of the most visited places in the West Country, and when you get inside and have look around you'll see why. 

Exeter’s Historic Quayside has been enhanced to provide a fascinating mix of historic and contemporary design. Take on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day at the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

3. Beaches

You’ll find dozens of beaches along the south Devon coastline within an easy driving distance of Exeter, so you can enjoy a leisurely day at the beach. Sidmouth is renowned for its clean air, beautiful pebble beach and calm waters. It’s a refined town with a stunning promenade and sweeping views out to sea.

Exmouth is also part of the incredible Jurassic Coast and it's a very popular seaside resort. You can lounge on the sand and soak up the rays, go for a walk along the cliffs or if you’re feeling adventurous try your hand at a huge range of water sports.

4. Shopping

Exeter is the region's favourite place for shopping! The city is a shopaholic's must-do destination with its famous name stores as well as a delightful range of smaller, independent shops and chic boutiques to explore. 

Princesshay is at the heart of the city with an abundance of big name shops, cafes and restaurants. More classic independent shops are set around the green of the beautiful 800-year-old Cathedral.

If you take a wander down Gandy Street, you’ll find trendy clothes and gift shops, whilst Fore Street offers quirky shops in attractive older buildings.

5. Outdoor Activities

You don’t have to go far to find a plethora of outdoor pursuits in and around Exeter. Hire out bikes to ride along the pretty riverside cycle paths, or get kayaks at Exeter Quay. 

Exmouth is a centre for water sports, including sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving to explore the myriad of wrecks in Lyme Bay. Or take to the treetops at the UK’s No1 treetop adventure park, Go Ape! You can even try your hand at skiing at The Exeter Dry Ski Slope.

6. Live Music

Exeter’s live music scene is buzzing, with a wide selection of pubs and music venues in the city hosting regular evenings as well as the summer festival scene!

Expect to discover new and established bands with the likes of Muse and Mumford & Sons who have played here.

7. Family Days Out

There are too many great days out with the family in and around Exeter to mention! Everything from big award-winning parks such as Crealy Great Adventure Park with 60 rides and attractions set in 100 acres of lovely countryside, to Sidmouth’s Donkey Sanctuary which is bike, dog and family friendly with free admission.

8. Charming Towns and Villages by the Sea

The bigger Exeter region is adorned with a wealth of charming towns.

Lyme Regis has its famous Cobb and exceptional views; Sidmouth oozes Victorian elegance; Dartmouth is renowned for its naval history and picturesque streets; Totnes is well known for its diverse shops and alternative therapies and Budleigh Salterton is a beautiful seaside town and that’s just close by!

9. Theatre, Arts and Culture

Arts and culture are an important part of life in Exeter. The city is home to a diverse and dynamic arts and culture scene.

Numerous independent theatres, including The Exeter Phoenix, put on hundreds of events each year, spanning all genres of music, art, film, theatre and comedy. There are plenty of independent galleries, cinemas and arts centres around the city.

10. Gardens

There are acres of magnificent gardens in Devon open for the public to enjoy and explore with historic house estates of carefully tended grounds that are filled with rare and wonderful plants and trees and tucked-away city oases. 

Try Killerton, a fine 18-century house set in 6,000 acres with beautifully landscaped gardens. Or there's Powderham Castle, steeped in over 600 years of history, with picturesque grounds, deer park, and Adventure Park. Meanwhile, nestled in the bustling city centre,  is the hidden oasis of calm of Northernhay Gardens.

11. Sporting Haven

Exeter is a sporting enthusiast’s playground. Home of the mighty Exeter Chiefs, their fixtures are a highlight the cities sporting calendar.

Another highlight is a day at the races at Exeter Racecourse, this lovely racecourse plays host to competitive racing throughout the National Hunt season.

Perhaps, if you’re up for a challenge, there’s plenty of events to take part in such as the Dartmoor Classic cycling challenge - one of the toughest cycling races in Britain.

12. The Devon Hotel as your base…

Guests can reside in attractive rooms to totally unwind, enjoy superb cuisine in Carriages Brasserie, and indulge in luxury touches such as chilled champagne in your room service if it's a special occasion.

It's going to be a busy weekend in and around Exeter, let us be the ideal place to recharge.