Townhouse Exeter is centrally located with the city centre and wider Devon area on our doorstep. We are a great base for work and play, where you will find plenty of ‘Exe’s’ to exe’plore and exe’perience! Exeter, the River Exe estuary, and the greater Exe Valley area that is.
All this is either a moment’s walk away or a relaxed half-day or day trip by bicycle, motorcycle, bus, train or car. And don’t forget that you can also easily day trip to areas of Cornwall, Somerset & West Dorset too.
Below are not always your bog-standard recommendations – but you will find suggestions of dishes and exe’perience’s for the curious traveller throughout the year.
Fancy a great meal? You will find dishes from pub grub to Michelin star dining. Fancy an adventure? You will find experiences for all ages, tastes and curiosities to discover.
Want a stunning train journey? Try Exeter to Torquay or Plymouth for a stunning ride along the estuary, or Exeter to Barnstaple along the beautiful Tarka line. Want a stunning walk, bicycle or car ride? Try the Exe Estuary, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the North Devon Coastline or the Jurassic Coast.
When we moved here from London, Tim was surprised to find that Exeter is great, but around Exeter is amazing!
Need further inspiration or just curious? Please see the following:
- The Iron Bridge Inn, Exeter – old school pub & rotating beer selection
- The Rusty Pig, Ottery St Mary – a licensed feasting house
- Dining Devon – Devon foodie events & news
- Book Cycle, Exeter – quirky charity book shop, historic Tudor building
- Ashburton Cookery School, Ashburton – inspirational cookery courses
- The Husbandry School, Newton Abbot – sustainable gardening & farming
- Quiksilver Surf School, Newquay – learn to surf on Fistral Beach
- The Fat Pig, Exeter – fantastic gastro pub & brew house
- The Pig & Pallet, Topsham – great smoked meat…& vegan too!
- The Turf Inn, Exe Estuary – walk, cycle or boat…but no cars
- Greendale Farm Shop, Farringdon – award winning local farm shop
- Antiques Village, Hele – classy shopping & coffee cafe
- Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company, South Devon
- Hauser & Wirth, Bruton – contemporary art & restaurant (free entry)
Yes, from us it is just a 10-minute walk to find Exeter’s High Street and famous Cathedral. But when asking what to do or where to eat here, don’t just focus on it being a Cathedral City with a 2,000 year old Roman history. It is so much more.
It is Exeter University’s Streatham Campus, the Phoenix arts venue, and St Nicholas Priory. Its great sports at Sandy Park for the champions Exeter Chiefs rugby. And let’s not forget about great food – everywhere you turn! Oh and if you fancy a pint or dinner along the water? Exeter Quay is the spot for waterside dining and drinking, as well as cycle rides or canoeing along the canal.
- Red Coat Guided Tours – not to miss, free walking tours
- Exeter Cathedral – hickory dickory dock
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum – Devon’s diverse collections
- Saddles & Paddles – a float down the canal
- Exeter Phoenix – a multi arts venue
- St Nicholas Priory – a hidden gem
- Bill Douglas Cinema Museum – the moving image
- Exeter Chiefs Rugby – catch a champions game
- Harry’s Restaurant – a British brasserie
- Rendezvous Wine Bar – intimate space, inspired dishes
- Herbies – hearty vegetarian and vegan meals
- The Conservatory – casual fine dining
- Cote Brasserie – for the Cathedral view
- Double Locks Pub – great canal setting, 18th century inn
- Rockfish – local fresh seafood on the quay
- Topsham Brewery & Taproom – Exeter quayside beer, music & more
As Tim is prone to say, “…around Exeter is amazing!” You can see and taste this for yourself, all starting within 30-ish minutes of Townhouse Exeter – either by train, car and sometimes bus.
Want an exe’perience? See kite surfers along 2 miles of sandy beach at Exmouth, enjoy stunning estuary sunsets in Topsham, or breathtaking walks along the Jurassic coastal path. Want tasty dishes? How about Michelin starred & mentioned dining at Lympstone Manor and The Galley Topsham, or something less fussy in a unique setting like the River Exe Café!
- The Galley, Topsham – fantastic fresh fish anyone?
- River Exe Café, Exmouth – exceptional experience on a barge
- Mickey’s Beach & Bar, Exmouth – Michael Caines’ new for 2021
- The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres – proper Devon brew & food
- The Jack in the Green, Rockbear – a most exciting free house
- The Folly – The Pig @ Coombe, Gittisham – no fuss flatbreads
- The Holt, Honiton – Michelin mentioned, rustic pub
- Topsham, Exeter – historic port & estuary nature walks
- A la Ronde, Exmouth – a truly unique National Trust property
- Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth – highly recommended daily cruises
- Exmouth Beach, Exmouth – long beach walks for all fitness levels
- Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Bicton – award wining gardens
- Jurassic Coast, East Devon – a must see World Heritage coastline
- Go Ape, Haldon Forest – family day of zip lines & treetops!
Devon & beyond
Ready to use your Townhouse Exeter base to exe’plore the amazing greater Devon and beyond?
By train or car, you can take exceptional half-day & day trips easily to some of England’s most beautiful places and tasty pubs & restaurants. Visit Devon describes it as”…a stunning county of great contrasts – with two beautiful coastlines, two National Parks and five official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”
And its worth noting that the National Trust has many incredible properties throughout Devon, Cornwall and the Southwest worth visiting. So we highly recommend you visit their website for further inspiration.
activities / interest
- Dartmoor Walks & Rides This Way – guided tours on foot or electric bike
- Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor – worth the walk
- The English Riviera, Torquay & Brixham – by train or car, its not far
- Coleton Fishacre. Kingswear – 1920’s house with incredible sea views
- South Hams – Dartmouth, sea kayaking & South Milton Sands
- RHS Garden Rosemoor, Gt Torrington – impressive gardens
- Exmoor National Park – outstanding beauty in North Devon
- The Eden Project, Cornwall – must see futuristic botanical gardens
food / drink
- Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor – for a well-earned tea break on a day out
- Fingle Bridge Inn, Drewsteignton – after walking the trails of the River Teign
- Gidleigh Park, Chagford – award winning gastronomical indulgence
- River Cottage Kitchen, Axminister – a legendary Devon eatery
- Sharpham Vineyard, Totnes – for cheese & wine, you’ll be fine
- The Angel, Dartmouth – Chef Elly Wentworth of MasterChef fame
- The Winking Prawn, Salcombe North Sands – beach view & nibbles
- At the Chapel, Bruton Somerset – a must on the way back to London