I can’t quite put my finger on the reasons why but I absolutely love Exeter and I’m sure you will to. Blessed with a crime rate which is one of the lowest for a city in the UK, there is an atmosphere about Exeter which is calm and relaxed and time spent sauntering around the shops and then down to the Quay for a drink and something to eat would have to be described as being the perfect day.
The shopping aspect of Exeter has undergone something of a transformation in recent years due to the redevelopment of the Princesshay dhopping centre but don’t for one minute think that this collection of retail outlets and restaurants is similar to other outlets which are cropping up all over the UK. Princeshay is light and airy, not closed in and claustrophobic in the way that you may be used to and even the most shopping averse men will find the whole experience to be surprisingly pleasant.
An especially spectacular part of the city would have to be the cathedral and the area that surrounds it. The cathedral itself sits on a green which is surrounded by high quality shops and restaurants, most notably the restaurant which is run by the world renowned chef Michael Caine. His ‘Abode Exeter‘ really offers dining at its finest and if you would like to experience a meal there without having to spend a fortune, why not book a table at lunch time where you will be able to sample the delights at a far lower price than you would have to pay if booking a table in the evening.
There is far more to Exeter than Princeshay and the cathedral area though, as there is a university in the city, some areas have that studenty feel to them but that is no way a criticism because it just goes to add to the cosmopolitan feeling of the city, where everyone just gets on with their own business as opposed to worrying about what everyone else is doing.
The quay is a ten minute walk from the city centre and is ideal for a leisurely walk along the river or just relaxing in one of the busy pubs with a glass or two. It is also possible to hire a bike if you don’t have your own with you and cycle along the designated cycle paths, it must be said though it would be a good idea to set aside a whole day or at least a morning or afternoon if cycling takes your fancy.
Something else which I would have to mention about Exeter is that it is only a short drive or train ride away to a beautiful little place by the name of Topsham. Topsham is actually classed as suburb of Exeter and it’s sheltered harbour and quaint main shopping street means that many people who visit Exeter try their best to fit in a trip to Topsham, whether that is for a relaxing few hours or a for a bite to eat, it doesn’t really matter.
So, to sum up Exeter, it is a city with an awful lot to offer and everything about the place has an extremely relaxing feel about it, which makes a refreshing change from some of the other cities around the UK that you may have visited in the past.