Family Days Out in Exeter: Top Attractions
What’s not to love about exciting Exeter? This beautiful, vibrant cathedral city is one of the jewels in Devon’s crown – and a firm favourite with families on holiday in the South West.
Exeter is a fantastic place for family-friendly day trips – and it’s also within easy reach of Welcome Family Holiday Park. The city is only half an hour’s drive from here, and there are plenty of trains from our local station, Dawlish Warren, which is just a stone’s throw away.
Explore Exeter’s History, Culture and Entertainment
Time spent in Exeter flies by – there are so many ways to have fun there. If you’re not sure where to start, try a free Red Coat Guided Tour. These walking tours run all year round with knowledgeable guides, making them the perfect introduction to the city, past and present.
Once you’ve got your bearings, it’s time to set off on your own Exeter adventures! If the tour has whetted your appetite for history, exploring the spooky Underground Passages that supplied medieval Exeter with water or the awe-inspiring Royal Albert Memorial Museum is sure to delight you. In RAMM’s Ancient Worlds gallery, look out for spyholes that let you glimpse far-off places, while you can’t miss famous museum mascot Gerald the Giraffe!
While visiting Exeter, you cannot fail to miss the beautiful and imposing Exeter Cathedral, one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere.
Culture fans can discover the work of renowned sculptors such as Barbara Hepworth during the University of Exeter’s Sculpture Walk. What’s more, the scenery is as stunning as the art. The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is also impressive: it brings the history of films to life.
Active Family Adventures in Exeter
The Quayside is a very popular area and offers plenty to do including walking, cycling, and boating. Or perhaps you would prefer to enjoy a relaxing day enjoying the views, there are plenty of public houses, restaurants and tea rooms where you can sit and watch the world go by. If you’re feeling sporty, why not scale colourful climbing walls at Clip ‘n Climb (they’re even suitable for young kids) or hire a bike or family canoe from Exeter Quay? Or why not try a social paddle with Exe Adventures – Customers from Welcome Family Holiday Park can get picked up from the park and taken to the water’s edge – here you can enjoy a paddle in an individual or double kayaks, family canoe or stand up paddle board to the famous Waterside Pub and back again.
On a sunny day, you could hop on a bus from the city centre to Heavitree Pleasure Ground. This huge park, popular with Exeter’s residents and tourists alike, is designed to appeal to children of all ages, with a playground, paddling pool, skateboarding area and more.
Enjoy Shopping in Exeter
Exeter has recently undergone a transformation to it shopping experience in pedestrianised Princesshay shopping centre; here you will find all the big name stores such as John Lewis, Debenhams and Next plus numerous restaurants including Nandos and Jamie’s Italian. Aside from this you will discover many unique shops and boutiques in this historical city. A visit to Gandy Street is a must; it’s a charismatic street, popular by day and by night, which benefits from trendy independent retailers promoting fashion, food, gifts, jewellery and fun.
Great Value Holiday Accommodation Near Exeter
If you’d like to experience Exeter for yourself, you’ll find that our family holiday accommodation in Devon makes a brilliant base for your adventures.