Time to explore In Exeter

Forget your post-Christmas blues, the start of a New Year brings with it the opportunity to explore new places, try new things and create exciting plans for the year ahead. Whatever your scene, be it eating out, shopping, arts & crafts, music, theatre, there’s somewhere for you to discover in Exeter this January. We’ve put together a list with some of Exeter’s top spots to get you inspired and ready to explore:


Exeter’s world-class museum is thriving with stunning new and innovative displays, galleries and exhibitions as well as all your favourite signature displays. The RAMM reveals Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Take your children on a trip around the globe with the museum’s world cultures galleries and exotic animals, birds and insects. Visit our what’s on guide for info on all the exciting tours, talks, workshops and exhibitions coming up at RAMM over the next few months.

Queen Street Dining

If you’re a foodie, then this one’s for you. The Queen Street dining complex comprises eight delicious and affordable restaurants, bringing exquisite flavours from all over the world right into the heart of the city. Queen Street is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as well as an evening cocktail.

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Pilgrims and visitors have been making their way to Exeter Cathedral since medieval times and remains one of the most visited places in the West Country. Today, the Cathedral is a hive of activity with a range of services, tours, exhibitions, workshops and performances.

North Street & South Street

See-saw over the brow of the hill between these two streets and explore a fun mix of places to eat and shop. Find yourself enjoying a coffee and a board game with friends at Board, tucking into a scrummy desert at Kaspa’s, rummaging through the fantastic selection of antiques, books and records at Oxfam, or visit the tattooists at Ink for a brand-new tattoo or piercing?

Exeter Phoenix

As a true creative hub for the region, and the ‘go-to’ place to get things done, why not get stuck into something new and exciting at The Phoenix this year? There’s so much to see and do for all ages including concerts, performances, exhibitions, workshops and regular classes. Visit our what’s on guide to discover all the upcoming events.

Underground Passages

Explore Exeter from beneath the surface with a guided tour through the Underground Passages. Bursting with stories of wars and sieges, plague and pestilence, the passages that lie under Princesshay Shopping Centre are a hidden gem in the city centre. Take your family and enjoy the fascinating historical journey that lies right on your doorstep.

Exeter Library

Whether you’re already an avid reader, or want to discover something new, visit Exeter Library and immerse yourself in a huge range of genres of both fact and fiction for all ages. The library also offers a fantastic selection of films, music and family friendly workshops every week.

Red Coat Tours

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’re a resident of Exeter, by joining in with one of the family friendly guided tours you’ll learn new depths to the city by discovering more of its fascinating history. See the programme of winter tours available here.

Fore Street

Branch away from the High Street and head down Fore Street where you will find an eclectic mix of cafes, shops, restaurants and more. If you’re looking to start supporting Exeter’s local, indie business this year then Fore Street should your number one stop. Treat yourself to a coffee amongst the indoor jungle at NGNG, go for a vintage shopping spree at the McCoy’s Arcade, or maybe even catch a show at The Bike Shed Theatre. There is so much to see once you head off the beaten track…

For more information and dates for your diary, visit the What’s On section of our website

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