Top 5 things to do for families in Exeter

We asked award-winning Exeter blogger, Gina Caro to give us her top tips to keep the children entertained in Exeter


Brush up on your History

If you are after an educational day out then the RAMM museum should definitely be on your list. The RAMM is packed full of stunning displays and galleries and best of all its free entry.

Areas of the museum that are particularly popular with young children include the ‘Case Histories’ area complete with large lifelike animal models and the family interactive area located in the ‘Ancient Worlds’ room. Children and adults can dress up as a Greek or Roman soldier with the replica helmets and have a peep through the spy holes into other worlds.

Location: Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, EX4 3RX

Cost: FREE


One for Harry Potter Fans

If you have a Harry Potter fan in your household then you really should visit Exeter Cathedral. JK Rowling studied at Exeter University and it has been said that a lot of her inspiration for the series came from the buildings and streets within Exeter.

Just take a look inside the cathedral, does it remind you of a certain room that features  in the books? Rowling had her own Great Hall right on her doorstep!

Location: Exeter Cathedral, The Cloisters, EX1 1HS

Cost: Adults: £7.50, Children (under 18): FREE

Family Time & Food

If you are starting to feel peckish then head over to Board which is the first and only board game cafe in the South West. How does it work? Put your phones away, choose what you’d like to eat from their menu and play a board game while you wait. It’s a great way to spend some quality time together as a family.

Location: Board, South Street, EX1 1EQ

Cost: Adults: £5.00, Kids (under 16): £3.50


One for those Rainy Days

If the weather has let you down and you’re in need of some indoor fun then head over to The Vue cinema. They have a kids club called Mini Mornings which is for children and their parents. The sessions are run every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10am. They show a whole range of family-friendly films.

Location: The Vue is located at Summerland Gate, Cheeke St, EX1 2DD

Cost: Tickets from only £2.49


Go Underground

Fancy trying something a bit different then why not head underground into Exeter’s Underground Passages. It was originally built in the 14th & 15th centuries as a means of supply fresh drinking water into the city.

Your visit will include a 10-minute presentation and a 25-minute tour so not too long for little ones. You’ll also get the opportunity to explore their exhibition.

Location: Exeter Underground Passages, Paris Street, EX1 1GA

Cost: Adult: £6.00, Child: £4.00, Family: £18.00 (2 adults & 2 children)

Gina Caro is an award-winning blogger, freelance writer and editor for Mumsnet Devon. She currently lives in Devon with her partner, two kids and a silly dog.

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