visitbytrain.info

      a station-by-station guide for UK tourist attractions

Exeter Central
Exeter St Davids
Exeter St Thomas

National Rail | Central EXC | St Davids EXD | St Thomas EXT

Devon Home FAQ Links

A city with impressive architecture and many historic attractions including the Roman city wall. Free guided tours are available tel. 01392 265203 or ask at the Tourist Information centre. Boat trips operated from the Quayside. From Exeter St Davids station it is about ¾ mile walk uphill to the city centre.

Distances to the attractions are shown from Exeter Central station.

TI Dix's Field. Tel. 01392 665700.

www.exeter.gov.uk

The National Trust has many holiday cottages in Devon: National Trust Holidays

Exeter Bus Station is partly closed for redevelopment until 2020 with many buses using temporary stops in nearby streets.

Booking.com

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery ¼ mile

16 galleries of lively displays and exhibitions covering pre-history to the present day. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01392 265858.
Open TWThFSSu 1000-1700. Closed BH.
www.rammuseum.org.uk

Exeter Cathedral ¼ mile

The Cathedral is over 850 years old and is a fine example of Decorated Gothic architecture. Guided tours available. Café. Tel. 01392 285983.
Open please see website for details, including times of services.
www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

St Nicholas Priory ¼ mile

The 900 year old guest wing of a former Benedictine Priory. Containing replica furniture painted in the bright colours of the period, the Priory is presented as the home of a wealthy Tudor family. Tel. 01392 265858.
Open closed for building repairs.
www.exeter.gov.uk

Underground Passages ½ mile

Medieval vaulted passageways which can viewed on booked guided tours. Exhibition. Tel. 01392 665887.
Open please see website for tour times.
www.exeter.gov.uk

Quay House Visitor Centre ¾ mile

Displays cover the history and development of the Quayside. Tel. 01392 271611.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Mar, SSu 1100-1600.
www.exeter.gov.uk

Cricklepit Mill ¾ mile

Displays tell the history of this historic watermill which has been restored and is now the headquarters of the Devon Wildlife Trust. Wildflower meadow. Tel. 01392 279244.
Open M-F 0900-1230,1330-1700. Closed BH.
www.devonwildlifetrust.org

Exeter attractions map

Killerton NT by bus then ¾ mile

A fine 18th century house with an 18th-20th century costume collection displayed in period rooms. Victorian laundry. Chapel. Hillside garden. Circular walks through the parkland and estate woods. Restaurant, tearoom and picnic area. Tel. 01392 881345.
Open Mar-Dec, Daily 1100-1700 (1600 Mar & Nov-Dec). Park and Garden open daily from 1000 all year.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 1/1A/1B from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to Killerton Turn (watch for NT sign after Broadclyst), then ¾ mile walk. 20 minute journey, M-S every 20 minutes, Sun & BH every 2 hours. Operated by Stagecoach. You may prefer to use Polsloe Bridge or Pinhoe because the bus passes close to both these stations.

Stay on the Killerton Estate

The National Trust has many holiday cottages in Devon, including some on the Killerton Estate: National Trust Holidays

Budlake Old Post Office NT by bus then ¼ mile

This small thatched cottage near Killerton was the village post office until the 1950s. Cottage garden with roses, herbs and vegetables. Tel. 01392 881690. Refreshments and other facilities at Killerton ½ mile (see above).
Open Apr-Oct, MTWSSu 1300-1700.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus as Killerton above, but only ¼ mile walk.

Clyston Mill and Marker's Cottage NT by bus

The working water-powered Clyston Mill is in a picturesque seeting by the River Clyst, surrounded by farmland and orchards. Marker's Cottage is a medieval cob cottage with a thatched roof smoke-blackened timbers. Garden and blacksmith's workshop. Tel. 01392 432425 (Mill)/461546 (Cottage).
Open Apr-Oct, MTWSSu 1300-1700 (both properties).
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus as Killerton above but alight Broadclyst, 17 minute journey. If you plan to combine this with a visit to Killerton please remember that a break of journey is not permitted with bus single or return tickets.
Note: There is a signposted 3 mile cycle route between Killerton and Broadclyst and this is an easier route to follow than the 2¼ miles by footpath.

Killerton and Broadclyst map
Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps

Exminster and Powderham Marshes Nature Reserve RSPB by bus

These marshes are areas of wet grassland used by many wetland birds, notably at high tide. Farmland birds may be seen at Powderham Marshes. The Exe Estuary is particularly important for birds in winter.
Open at all times.
Websites: www.rspb.org.uk | www.exe-estuary.org
Bus 2 from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to Swans Nest Inn roundabout at the end of Exminster village. 22 minute journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses pass Starcross station and you may find this more convenient.

Exminster map

Powderham Castle by bus

Guided tours of the majestic state rooms. Gardens, woodlands, lake, miniature railway. Please see website for special events. Tearoom. Tel. 01626 890243.
Open Apr-Oct, MTWThFSu 1100-1630 (1730 in Aug).
www.powderham.co.uk
Bus 2 from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to entrance shortly after Kenton. 30 minute journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses pass Starcross station and you may find this more convenient.

Castle Drogo NT by bus

This granite fortress with panoramic views of Dartmoor was built between 1910 and 1930. The interior combines the grandeur of a medieval castle with the comfort of the 20th century. Terraced formal garden. Café and picnic area. Tel. 01647 433306.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1100-1700. Garden open daily all year.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 173 from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to entrance drive shortly after Drewsteignton. 53 minutes journey, M-S only, every 2-3 hours.

Devon Railway Centre Bickleigh, by bus

A narrow gauge railway alongside the River Exe. Victorian station, model railways and museum collections. Tearoom and picnic area. Tel. 01884 855671.
Open please see website for opening days and times.
www.devonrailwaycentre.co.uk
Bus 55/155/55A from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to Bickleigh. M-S: bus 55/155, 24 minute journey, ½-hourly. Sun & BH: bus 55A, 31 minute journey, every 2 hours. Operated by Stagecoach.

Crealy Adventure Park by bus

An adventure park with indoor and outdoor activities. Rides, slides, animals, adventures and special events. Various food and drink facilities. Tel. 01395 233200.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1030-1700.
www.crealy.co.uk
Bus 9/9A from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to entrance shortly after Clyst St Mary. 20 minute journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses pass near Digby & Sowton station.

Aylesbeare Common Nature Reserve RSPB by bus

This quiet area of East Devon heathland is important for Dartford warblers, nightjars and stonechats. The woodland fringes, streams and ponds abound with butterflies and dragonflies in summer. Tel. 01395 233655.
Open at all times.
www.rspb.org.uk
Bus 9/9A from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to car park at Joney's Cross, watch for RSPB sign. 30 minute journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses pass near Digby & Sowton station.

Dunsford Nature Reserve by bus

A reserve within Dartmoor National Park with a wide range of plants and animals due to the great mixture of habitats. A flat surfaced footpath runs along the valley floor.
Open at all times.
www.devonwildlifetrust.org
Bus 359 from Bus Station and Exeter Central to Steps Bridge entrance, shortly after Dunsford. 35 minute journey, M-S only, every 2 hours.