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Guardian Road,
Exeter, EX1 3PE
Postcode for Sat Nav: EX1 3PE
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Exeter may be a small city but it is packed with historical attractions, a vibrant culture and plenty to explore. From the dark underground passes, the magnificent Exeter Medieval Cathedral, the world’s largest donkey sanctuary or stunning Dartmoor National Park close-by; Exeter itself has a real sense of individuality and isn’t short of exiting activities for all.

Have a look at our list of suggested must-see attractions in and around Exeter:


Dating back over 900 years, this impressive piece of architecture is one of the most beautiful found in the United Kingdom. Featuring two huge original towers that were part of the Norman structure, it’s difficult not to admire the skill and creativity that went into the construction. Found in the city centre, there are plenty of activities for everyone at the cathedral.

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The Donkey Sanctuary won’t only be an exciting day out for the family; it’ll also be educational in the way that this charity fights to support and transform the quality of life for donkeys around the world. Visitors get to come and meet hundreds of donkeys, face-to-face and completely free of charge. Introduced in 2018, you can now explore the Visitor Centre, discover how the animals are groomed and assist in guided walks. Grab something to eat from new restaurant with views of the donkeys paddocks before heading back to Exeter.

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This award-winning museum is home to more than you may imagine. With over 1 million objects altogether, only a small percent is on permanent public display. The museum aims at taking visitors on a voyage through its 16 different gallery displays from pre-history to the present day with items of national and international significance. Collections such as zoology, geology, fine art and anthropology are amongst a few on displays for visitors to explore. Admission is also free which is even better.

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Originally built to bring drinking water into Exeter during medieval times, you can now explore these dark, narrow and exciting passageways. Before making your way on your guided tour, there are various interactive exhibitions and information to be found at the heritage centre. It can get busy so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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With breathtaking and historical landscapes, Dartmoor Park is one of the last great wildernesses of the UK. With its huge, rich stretch of countryside and gorgeous woodlands walks there is a wonderful mix of places to explore in this perfect getaway. There are plenty of activities to get involved in such a walking the castle ruins, shopping in the local area, or for the more energetic you can go cycling, horse riding and even canoeing. It’s only a short drive from the hotel.

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