Exeter City has it all: from historic sites and breathtaking architecture, to relaxing parks and great shopping spots. Below, we present our selection of Exeter’s hidden gems, that should not be missed when visiting the city.

exeter castle

Exeter Castle

The Exeter Castle is a true green sanctuary in a buzzing city centre. Formerly known as Rougemont Castle, it was built in 1068 following the Norman siege of Exeter. Its gatehouse is the oldest standing castle building in Britain today!

The Castle, was the scene of many trials in the 16th and 17th century. It was there during the Civil Wars, a time of great unrest in the South West England. Today you can walk the Roman Wall, enjoy the lovely parkland and see the city from different angles. It’s a great spot for a picnic and a place for the children to run and play.

Cathedral Quarter

Exeter Cathedral is a magnificent example of gothic architecture. With amazing architecture and interesting history, it’s simply a must see place in Exeter. During sunny days, the Cathedral Green is a mecca for people wishing to spend their lunch break soaking up the sun and enjoying the views.



If you’re not too keen on exploring Exeter’s history and architecture head to Princesshay – an impressive shopping and leisure development, right in the centre of the city.

When visiting Princesshay, try to spot some of the many public art features scattered around the quarter. 

Haldon Forest Park

Whether you fancy a quiet stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. The park is located on 3,500 acres of woodland, just minutes away from Exeter. It’s got a network of walking and cycling trails, various cycle skills areas, Go Ape – a high wire adventure course for the little ones, archery sessions and many more.

Exeter quay


Exeter’s Historic Quayside, located about 15 minutes walk from the city centre, is one of the most attractive areas of the city, popular thanks to its fascinating history, interesting architecture and buzzing pubs and restaurants.

You can explore the Quayside in various ways: cycling, kayaking, fishing, climbing or just walking – either way you will enjoy your time at the water front.

The Rougemont hotel in Exeter  is one of the few hotels in the city and so serves as the ideal base from which to explore this historic area. You can walk straight into City Centre, with its fine shopping, Roman walls and beautiful Cathedral or visit the nearby Rougemont Gardens.

If you feel tempted to explore Exeter a little bit further get in touch with our reservation team at The Rougemont hotel on 0871 376 9018 or click here.

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