Stunning Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Visitor Guide


Exeter is the capital city of Devon and home to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral which dates back to Norman times.

Exeter the capital city of Devon, is in the Southwest of England, situated on the River Exe and is one of the oldest cities in England. Back in 50AD the Roman Army arrived in Exeter and established a stronghold for its Second Augustan Legion. Large sections of Roman masonary can still be seen in Exeter today, these being the remains of the walls that the Romans constructed around the city to help with defences and the end of the 2nd century.  The area was known to the Romans as Isca Dumnoniorum and the local tribe as Dumnonii.

Suffering from being badly bombed during World War II some parts of the shopping area are fairly new, whilst some of the narrow streets with their smaller characterful shops offer a lovely mixture of old and new.  The main shopping area in Exeter is pedestrianised and is served very well by the Exeter Bus services, which also includes a park and ride scheme from the outskirts of the city. The new Princesshay area which was completed in September 2007 has brought many top brand names to the city along with several new eating establishments and continental style pavement cafe's.

Exeter Red Coat Tours

For an informative and interesting tour of Exeter the Red Coat Tours are a must. Red Coat guides will take you for a 90 minute (approx) tour, leading you around the various attactions and showing you some of the most popular sights to see. You will also learn lots of interesting facts and tales of Exeter's long and historical past.  Tours are available throughout the year with a seperate Summer and Winter programme.

Some of the Exeter Red Coat tours include: Medieval Exeter, Cathedral Close and Garden Palace, Ghosts and Legends, Exeter Old and New, Exeter's City Wall, Murder & Mayhem, Forgotten Exeter, The Merchant's Tale, Catacomb & 21 The Mint.

For more information on these tours: Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
                                                           C/O Visitor Centre
                                                           Dix's Field
                                                           EX1 1GF
                                                           Tel: 01392 256203

Exeter Cathedral

The Cathedral with the Cathedral Green is a relaxing place to stroll around or perhaps sit with a coffee and admire the stunning gothic architecture.

The Cathedral building, dedicated to Peter, one of Jesus' earliest followers and the model for all subsequent bishops, is the finest example of Decorated Gothic architecture in any Cathedral.  The building itself proclaims something of the beauty and holiness of God.  To see it on a day when the sun streams through its windows is breathtaking. Pilgrims and visitors have been making their way to Exeter Cathedral since medieval times. It is one of the most visited places in the west country. Built in the decorated gothic style, it has the longest uninterrupted medieval gothic vaulting in the world.

Exeter Cathedral website.


Exeter has its own international airport which is approximately 6 miles from the city centre. Exeter also has two mainline train stations
that connect to most major UK cities . Exeter Central station is the closest to the city centre, just a 3 minute walk and you will be in the High Street. Exeter St David's is a little further away - approximately a 15 minute walk.

Tourist Information Centre
Civic Centre
Paris Street
Exeter EX1 1JJ
Tel: 01392 265700

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
Barrack Road
Tel: 01392 411611

Exeter International Airport
Tel: 0871 2820990

Exeter Central Main-Line Train Station
Queen Street
Tel: 08457 000125

Exeter St David's Main-Line Train Station
Bonhay Road
Tel: 08457 000125

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015