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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Church
“Beautiful cathedral. Free to enter when a service is on, otherwise costs 7 euro ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Museum
“A beautiful Museum to delight historians and art lovers. Take a stroll into this much loved historic building, housing many wonderful pieces.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“Modern, smart, spacious shopping with great coffee shops and restaurants included.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Event Space
“Very unique experience exploring the underground passages that exist in the city.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Phoenix is an arts, film, music, comedy, and dance venue with a bar, galleries, and learning spaces. There is a varied programme of frequent events throughout the year.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“The Old Firehouse is a big late night relaxed vibe bar a little off of the High Street. Open late, 3am over the weekends - serving pizza's late into the evening. Huge range of local Ale and Cider. Live music events throughout the week. Very warm and welcoming and a fantastic spot for a late night social evening. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bus Station
“A beautiful spot to sit and have a drink, have lunch or look at the unusual shops and businesses in the arches of the quay ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Cinema
“If you're looking for a more stylish cinema experience, the Picturehouse is the place to go. There is a delightful café bar upstairs, so plan a little extra time before the film to enjoy a drink or maybe something to eat.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Entertainment
“"Exeter Northcott Theatre is Exeter’s flagship professional theatre. We are passionate about live performance and delight in presenting a varied programme of the highest quality drama, opera, music, dance, comedy and family theatre."”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“Really great food and a good selection of alcoholic beverages. Probably one of the best pubs in Exeter and is just a 5 minute walk away”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cinema
“A relatively new movie theatre with lots of screens showing all the big releases.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A very worthwhile 20-30 min walk from the Quay (although you can also drive), this pub is great all year around. In the summer, you'll find many Extonians in the huge garden where you can throw down a blanket to sit on the banks, under the trees or on their benches with riverside decking. The BBQ shed is often open, or you can order homemade pub classics from inside the bar. In the winter, you can sit by one of the roaring fire places, order a roast and play board games. Or just read a book. Note, all food and drink must be purchased from the venue. But prices are reasonable and they do wicked homemade pork pies and scotch eggs!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Perched on the edge of the historic Exeter Quayside, in a magnificent 19th-century warehouse. On the Waterfront serves a tempting choice of lunch and dinner dishes - from their well-renowned pizzas to fresh fish, meats, pasta and salads with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Gluten-free and vegan options also available.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“It is tucked away and avoids the rowdy crowds, it has a good selection of drinks, and the food is simply amazing. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Slightly off the beaten track this restaurant is worth the extra 5 mins walk from the main street in Exeter. Located just behind John Lewis, this place serves great, freshly cooked food...steaks to perfection! Mid range prices, business people & parents treating their Uni student kids can be seen enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Hire a bike or a tandem and go cycling around the many routes Exeter has to offer. Cycle down the river to Turf Locks or further on to little village of Dawlish. Alternatively hire out a canoe or a kayak and paddle your way down stream to Double Locks and take in the scenic canal on your way.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“The Old Firehouse is a big late night relaxed vibe bar a little off of the High Street. Open late, 3am over the weekends - serving pizza's late into the evening. Huge range of local Ale and Cider. Live music events throughout the week. Very warm and welcoming and a fantastic spot for a late night social evening. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“A very worthwhile 20-30 min walk from the Quay (although you can also drive), this pub is great all year around. In the summer, you'll find many Extonians in the huge garden where you can throw down a blanket to sit on the banks, under the trees or on their benches with riverside decking. The BBQ shed is often open, or you can order homemade pub classics from inside the bar. In the winter, you can sit by one of the roaring fire places, order a roast and play board games. Or just read a book. Note, all food and drink must be purchased from the venue. But prices are reasonable and they do wicked homemade pork pies and scotch eggs!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Perched on the edge of the historic Exeter Quayside, in a magnificent 19th-century warehouse. On the Waterfront serves a tempting choice of lunch and dinner dishes - from their well-renowned pizzas to fresh fish, meats, pasta and salads with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Gluten-free and vegan options also available.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Slightly off the beaten track this restaurant is worth the extra 5 mins walk from the main street in Exeter. Located just behind John Lewis, this place serves great, freshly cooked food...steaks to perfection! Mid range prices, business people & parents treating their Uni student kids can be seen enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
“Great food and drink on the river, very picturesque with a relaxed atmosphere.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Very nice bar and restaurant. Serves great cocktails in a very nice environment.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Restaurant and Wine Bar hidden away in Southernhay - good food and friendly, but you'll need to book ahead.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“A really good value Meze bar. Serves tasty turkish food in an informal setting. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

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