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Exeter's Top 5

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With 2,000 years of history behind it, there’s no surprise that Exeter has many, fascinating heritage attractions. If you’re short on time, here are the city’s top 5 attractions that should not be missed.

Exeter Cathedral: Exeter Cathedral is a testament to the creativity, skill and devotion of those who built it. Dating back 900 years, it is one of England's most beautiful medieval cathedrals and one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture in this country. It is most famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings and the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery – RAMM: There’s more in Exeter’s award-winning museum than you might imagine, its 16 galleries of displays take visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day and from Exeter all around the world.With three special exhibition spaces, its changing programme means there is likely to be something different to see every visit, from national touring shows to community displays and fine art from the city’s collection.

Exeter's Underground Passages: Exeter's Underground Passages were built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter. A guided tour of Exeter's Underground Passages is a memorable event - narrow, dark, interesting and exciting. Visit the heritage centre before your guided tour, packed with interactive exhibits and interpretation.

Exeter’s Red Coat Guided Tours: Red Coat Guided Tours are the perfect way to explore Exeter, one of the oldest cities of England. A variety of tours are available, each one focusing on a different aspect of Exeter's history. Discover the city's sites of interest and hidden treasures. All tours on foot. No dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed on tours. Children must be accompanied.

Quayside: 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. There are plenty of opportunities to get active here, hire a bike or canoe to explore Exeter’s ship canal, or scale the south west’s largest indoor climbing wall!