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Trains to Exeter

Great days out by train

The capital of the South West, Exeter is a thriving university city offering a rich history and beautiful countryside. A fusion of new and old, a trip to Exeter is bursting with things to do.

Journey back in time to Exeter's past with a visit to the City Wall and Exeter Cathedral. Or dive in to the city's culture with a trip to Exeter Quayside.

Take the scenic route to Exeter with direct trains from London Waterloo, Woking and Basingstoke and sit back and relax as miles and miles of picturesque countryside pass you by.

Travel to Exeter Central or Exeter St Davids from London with our Advance Fares for just £13 Standard Class and £21 First Class, one way, when you book early.


Get some inspiration on what to do when visiting Exeter from our list below:

1. Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is one of Britain's most enchanting, medieval cathedrals. It is a fine example of gothic architecture with the longest, unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. The two towers are very symbolic as they are the oldest part of the existing building, dating back to the Normans.

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2. City Wall

Exeter's City Wall, of which almost 70% still remains is inextricably linked with the history of the city. Being almost 2000 years old it has repelled rebellions and has been the scene for many civic ceremonies and celebrations.

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3. Exeter Corn Exchange

Take a look at the exciting events on at the Exeter Corn Exchange. From dance classes to tribute bands, there is an aray of different events to suit all.

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4. Exeter Quayside

Exeter's Historic Quayside is one of the most attractive areas of the city, popular with locals and visitors alike for its fascinating history, interesting architecture and lively pubs and restaurants. It is also just a 10 minute walk, or short bus ride, from the city centre. The Quayside has been enhanced to provide a fascinating mix of historic and contemporary design. It is the ideal place to browse in antique shops, walk and cycle, take a relaxing boat trip or find something good to eat.

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Other exciting things to do in Exeter include:

The Bike Shed Theatre - 2FOR1 offer

The Bike Shed Theatre electrifies the city's art scene almost every night of the year with performances from new and emerging companies. Performances are shown in the intimate sixty seat subterranean auditorium and include developing and showcasing new work as well as existing hits.

Don’t forget to visit the adjacent vintage cocktail tavern, renowned for its delicious cocktails and music performances. At the weekends the tavern gets into full swing, with live music on Friday nights and DJs playing on Saturday night. It is fast becoming Exeter’s hottest cultural night spot.

If you travel to the theatre by train you can also get 2FOR1 on your performance ticket. Advance booking is required for the theatre; click here for more details. 

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There is a vast array of shops to choose from in Exeter, you will not know where to begin. Hit the High Street for the mainstream brands and the Princesshay shopping centre or venture to the Cathedral Quarter for designer labels. On the other hand, The Quay offers a different selection of shops which are bursting with unique treasures to find.

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