Our guide to self-catering Exeter holidays

You name it, you can probably enjoy it during a visit to the historic city of Exeter. There’s the canal and the pubs that line it for those of you who like to explore on two wheels, and part of Exeter’s compact charm is that you can be in the heart of the city one moment and relaxing on the cobbled waterfront over a leisurely meal the next.

Things to do in Exeter

If you fancy picking up the pace a little, you’ll find a bustling shopping centre with just the right combination of high street chains and quirky independent shops - so there’s plenty of opportunity to shop for those back home while you’re in Devon. 

On sunny afternoons life slows down and centres around the cathedral green and visitors are always welcome inside to appreciate one of the county’s most iconic buildings. Just one more thing, don’t miss the underground passages that lie right beneath the city centre…you’ll never look at the city in the same way again. 

If you’re visiting around May, you’ll find the Devon County Show in town. Grab your wellies and get ready to have some fun as this annual event showcases the best in country life. Stalls sell homemade produce, crafts and other unique goodies, while there’s animal displays and live music to look forward to. Bring the children and dog with you as there is loads to see and do – comfortable footwear is a must as the showground is massive.

Exeter Attractions

You’re probably already starting to relax when you’re on holiday but the opportunity to unwind is always welcome. An Eden Spa day is the perfect spot for a bit of pampering. You can choose from a range of Elemis products and treatments as you get to grips with a little slice of heaven. Our favourite treatments include a massage and a faux tan. If you have an ailment, let the helpful staff know as they’ll help you to choose a treatment that will take away your aches and pains.

For more active shenanigans, take a trip to Go Ape. All the family can travel high above the treetops on zip wires as you discover some amazing Exeter scenery. The Haldon Forest Park venue offers a selection of courses for varying ages so even the youngest family members can experience this fun, memorable adventure.

Scream and shout at the top of your lungs at Crealy Great Adventure Park. As the official Visitor Attraction of the Year, the all-weather fun day out is a thrilling attraction for everyone. Rides, animals and displays will make you smile from head to toe. Our favourite part of the park is the Animal Barn – little ones will love to see which cute animals are living on site. You might see a cuddly chick or fluffy rabbit on your travels. There’s also pony rides and the chance to feed the goats. Adults will love the exhilarating rides while children can have fun in the Buddy Bear Kingdom.


Greendale Farm Shop and Cafe

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Tar Barrels at Ottery St Mary

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Devon could have been made for adventurers, and GoApe, just 15 minutes from Exeter makes it easy for all ages to make...
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