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Attractions and place of interest in and around Exeter

Exeter has many sights to see, events taking place and great shopping areas within its friendly city. It is also placed in a very convenient central part of Devon . This promotes itself as an ideal place for you to base your visit, enabling you to travel out and see some of the other splendours, beautiful sights and nearby attractions that the county has to offer. These attractions provide some of the best days out in the south west. There is plenty to offer from stately homes and gardens to adventure parks and castles.

These pages give a brief idea of some of the attractions available within the Devon County by listing them with a small description, directions, web site link if available, and map link to show its location within the area.

Powderham Castle Tel 01626 890243
Medieval Castle of Powderham home to the Earl of Devon, See the rooms full of tapestries, portraits and historic furnishings. View the magnificent grounds and see the deer in the Deer Park . Directions: On the A379 from Exeter www.powderham.co.uk

Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral has a most interesting history and the architecture is magnificent but in looking around it is clear that it is also a lived in place of worship, loved and cared for as much by the present generation as those in the past www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/

Exeter Underground Passage
A visit to Exeter 's Underground Passages is a most unusual event and one of the most exciting things available for young people in the City of Exeter .  The passages welcome bookings from schools, student groups, clubs and societies. Guides at the passages regularly receive letters, stories and pictures from school children who have enjoyed their visits. 

Hedgehog Hospital at Prickly Ball Farm Tel 01626 362319
Visit and learn about a very popular little animal that roams around the towns and countryside of Devon . There are other animals for the children to see from Lambs, Ponies, Chicks and Pigs. The children can even help feed some of the animals! Just off the A381 From Newton Abbot.

Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park Tel: 01395 233200
Family adventure play park with animals, rides and play areas. Directions on A3052 to Sidmouth road near Exeter.

Killerton House Tel: 01392 881345
Killerton house and gardens dating back to the eighteenth century. See the beautiful gardens surrounding this property with a selection of fine period costumes inside.

Seaton Tramway Tel: 01297 20375
3 miles of narrow gauge electric tramway running between Seaton and Colyton in the Axe valley. www.tram.co.uk

Morwellham Quay Tel: 01822 833808
1000 year old inland port and village. Travel by train into a copper mine. See ships, cottages, workshops, museums and more. Directions ff the A390 Near Tavistock.

Castle Drogo Tel: 01647 433306
Granite castle built around 1920 combines medieval looks with 20th century comfort. Directions off A382 near Drewsteignton

Babbacombe Model Village Tel: 01803 315315
Miniature world with immaculate detail by day and by night. With sound and animation.

Kents Cavern Tel: 01803 215136
See the stalactites and stalagmites within this cavern and hear the stone age tales. www.kents-cavern.co.uk

Devon Railway Centre Tel: 01884 855671
Train rides and model railway.

Pecorama Tel: 01297 21542
Model railway including passenger rides through the Peco gardens. Directions Beer near Seaton, www.peco-uk.com

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens Tel: 01395 568465
Historic gardens, museum and children's fun areas, East Budleigh near Exmouth. www.bictongardens.co.uk

Pennywell Tel: 01364 642023
Farm and Wildlife Centre. Directions near Buckfastleigh . www.pennywellfarm.co.uk

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
A Fabulous Victorian building which houses the city's important collection, the city's largest art gallery and the museum service.
The museum is in Queen Street and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm , closed on bank holidays, admission is FREE.

St Nicholas Priory
The 900 year old guest wing of a former Benedictine priory and one of Exeter 's hidden jewels. A fascinating building with grand guest hall, Norman kitchen and undercroft, Tudor room and winding staircases. St Nicholas Priory can be found down a lane called The Mint which runs from Fore Street to Bartholomew Street West and is open from Easter to October every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2-4pm.

Connections Discovery Centre
The home of the museum's education service, offering assisted visits and special sessions to pre-booked groups with real objects you can touch and special displays. The centre is open Monday to Friday during school terms, visits must be booked in advance on 01392 665360/665858. Click here for more information


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