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Devon was once named the most ‘horsey county in the UK’ by horse and hound magazine, and while Exeter is certainly a good place to stay if you want to explore the East Devon countryside on horseback, bridleways and riding trails aren’t the only attraction for active types taking a break in Exeter. Walkers can take a trip down the Exe Valley Way by the River Exe, or follow the East Devon Way which starts in Exmouth, while there’s also the opportunity to go cycling, or take a boat trip along the Jurassic coastline.
A holiday in Exeter isn’t just about active pursuits though, there really is something for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re not into horse riding or water sports, then you could relax on one of the beaches that are dotted along the scenic East Devon coastline. Exmouth, Dawlish Warren, and Teignmouth, all have good quality beaches suitable for families. The quiet town of Exmouth is also worth a visit when you tire of the beaches, and the area is also the start of the Jurassic coastline, which is popular with fossil hunters.
If you’re looking for an exciting family day out, then Crealy Great Adventure Park, with its Meerkats, Monkeys, and exciting rides should fit the bill. Sticking with the animal theme, Exeter’s also within easy reach of the Miniature Pony Centre in North Bovey, and Living Coasts, an animal park full of penguins, seals, and other coastal creatures in Torquay.
East Devon is not only a place full of excitement, adventure, and wildlife, it’s a place full of character too, illustrated by the scenic waterside villages of Starcross, and Topsham. Topsham is packed full of narrow streets, Dutch, Edwardian, and Georgian buildings. Exeter itself is full of traditional buildings and heritage attractions which are covered on the culture page on this site.
Find out more about the underground passages, castle remains, music venues, and arts events that make up this city’s thriving cultural scene, and the history of the Exeter that helped turn it into the thriving University City it is today. We won’t go into details, but Exeter is well equipped with all the shops, restaurants and other facilities you’ll need during your stay, and has a good choice of accommodation too. There are hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guest houses located close to the historic attractions, city centre, or transport links like the train station. You could choose from traditional or modern, city centre or rural locations, or anything from a Youth Hostel Association building, to a four star hotel. You could even choose from a growing selection of holiday parks and lodges in the area.
If you’re worried about transport, then don’t be, as Exeter has an international airport and rail services in the area run by First Great Western, Cross Country Trains, and South West Trains. There are also good motorway links with the M4 Corridor to London, and the M5 from Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham. You could reach over 2,000 years of history and a wealth of visitor attractions in under 3 hours. Not bad eh?