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Top things to do in Exeter during summer

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South Devon Coastline from Connaught Gardens South Devon

Sunny days outin the city 

With its rich history, vibrant culture and beautiful landscapes, Exeter turns into a bustling hub of activity during the summer months.

Exeter is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be uncovered. The city's historical sites offer a fascinating insight into its past while its scenic quayside, bustling markets and vibrant cultural scene provide endless opportunities for exploration. The nearby beaches, forests and countryside add to the appeal making Exeter an ideal base for a summer getaway 

Here's a guide to the best things to do in Exeter this Summer during your stay with us.

River Exe Canal in Exeter South Devon

Activities at Exeter Quay

Exeter Quayside is a picture-perfect area for a summer's day out. Whether it be a picnic, a stroll along the waterfront, or even paddleboarding and canoeing on the river exe, it makes a memorable and wholesome day out away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The Quayside is also home to numerous cafes, bars, and independent shops making it a great spot to relax and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.  

Exeter Cathedral South Devon

Visit Exeter's Cathedral Green

Exeter Cathedral is the heart of the city, offering a scenic and serene space to unwind. During the summer the green often hosts outdoor events, including a market, live music and open-air theatres. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with the stunning backdrop of Exeter Cathedral.

Sunset Over Exmouth Marina South Devon

Enjoy a day at Exmouth Beach

Just a short train ride from Exeter, Exmouth Beach is ideal for a summer escape. With its golden sands and clear waters, Exmouth offers plenty of activities such as swimming. kite surfing, and paddleboarding. Don't miss the chance to explore the Exe Estuary Trail which provides scenic views and wildlife spotting opportunities. 

Porlock Common on South Devon Coastline

Discover Haldon Forest

Haldoen Forest Pakr is located a few miles outside of Exeter and is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. The park features a variety of trails suitable for walking, cycling, and horse riding. For an added adventure, try the Go Ape treetop adventure course, which offers zip lines and high rope courses set amidst the forest canopy.

Food festival

Experience Exeter's Upcoming events

Summer in Extere measn theree is a plethora of even ts taking place in and around the city. From Festivals to family friendly events, there's always so much going on in Exeter, take a look at the upcoming events in Exeter!

underground passage

Take a historical Walking Tour

Explore Exter's rich history with a guided talking tour. Learn about the city's Roman origins, medieval architecture and historical landmarks. The Red Coat Guided Tours are a popular choice, offering free tours led by knowledgeable guides. For a different perspective, try the Exeter Ghost Tour for spooky tales of the city's past. 

Jacobs Ladder Beach near Sidmouth South Devon at Sunrise

Explore the Jurassic Coast

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jurrasic Cast is easily accessible from Exeter and offers a stunning landscape and geological wonders. This dramatic coastline is perfect for fossil hunting, scenic hikes and boat trips. The South West Coast Path provides some of the best walking routes, with breathtaking views and opportunities to explore the area's rich natural history. 

powderham castle

Attend an Outdoor Cinema Screening

Summer nights in Exeter are perfect for outdoor cinmea screenings. Venues like powderham castle and Exeter Phoenix often host outdoor film events, providing a magical experince of watching classic movies under the stars. Bring a blanket, some snacks and enjoy a unique cinematic evening in a beautiful setting. 

2 donkeys

Visit Local Farms & Gardens

Summer is the ideal time to visit local farms and gardens surrounding Exeter. Many farms open their doors to visitors, offering tours and tastings that provide delicious insights into local food production. Additionally, several gardens and estates in the area feature beautiful grounds to explore, historical insights and lovely picnic spots.

Make your base The Devon Hotel 

Make The Devon Hotel your perfect base for discovering all that Exeter has to offer. Our convenient location and comfortable accommodation ensure you’re never far from the action. Plus, when you book directly with us, you can take advantage of a variety of discounts on local attractions. So, embrace the sunshine, dive into the local culture, and make the most of your summer in Exeter, with The Devon Hotel being your home away from home.

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