Why you should visit the ancient city of Exeter

Exeter has a thriving market scene with a packed programme of events, including the regular Exeter Independent Market on the Cathedral Green and the Fore Street Flea in the city’s West Quarter. As well as other pop-ups, Exeter usually hosts the regional final of the Young Trader Market in the summer. Exeter Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday.

Exeter Library has over 1km of shelves containing more than 60,000 books, CDs and DVDs. This busy building also houses the FabLab, which is one of the first of its kind in the country. FabLab Devon is a community space that provides access to a range of clever digital equipment and machinery. There are also plans in the pipeline to create a new children’s library.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, or RAMM, is full of internationally important collections and exhibits, interactive displays and contemporary art. It really is a treasure trove of wonder. Start them young by making the most of the regular family-friendly events and activities held here to encourage kids to be curious about the world. And it’s free to enter.

This city is a great place to find what you’re looking for, plus all the stuff you didn’t know you needed. Big-name brands are not far from quirky independents, making it easy to work your way around this top shopping destination. Princesshay is where you’ll find your high street faves before you head downtown to Fore Street for a more local shopping vibe.

Exeter is a green and pleasant city with lots of choice when it comes to taking a minute or two away from the hustle and bustle. Grade II-listed Northernhay Gardens are the oldest public gardens in England and neighbouring Rougemont Gardens originally formed part of the defences to Exeter Castle. Explore the city’s valley parks via the Green Circle Walk.

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