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Exeter is 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. Exeter PlusBus tickets are valid within the local urban area.

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

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Exeter attractions map

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery ¼ mile

16 galleries of lively displays and exhibitions covering pre-history to the present day. Exhibitions programme.
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.
Open please see website for details, including times of services.
www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

Underground Passages ½ mile

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

Custom House Visitor Centre ¾ mile

Displays cover the history and development of the Quayside. Admission free.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Mar, ThFSSu 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.
Open closed until further notice.
www.devonwildlifetrust.org

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.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1100-1600 (1500 Mar & Nov-Dec). Park and Garden Daily from 1000 all year.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 1/1A/1C from Sidwell St (near Bus Station, ¾ mile from Exeter Central) to Killerton Turn (watch for NT sign after Broadclyst), then ¾ mile walk. 20 minutes journey, M-S every 15 minutes, Sun & BH every 2 hours. Note that Exeter PlusBus tickets are only valid to Broadclyst, NOT to Budlake for Killerton. 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. Refreshments and other facilities at Killerton ½ mile (see above).
Open please see website.
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.
Open please see website.
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.
www.rspb.org.uk/exminster
Bus 2 from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to Swans Nest Inn roundabout at the end of Exminster village. 22 minutes journey, Daily ½-hourly. Exeter PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses pass Starcross station and you may find this more convenient.

Exminster map
Holidaycottages.co.uk
Holidaycottages.co.uk
Holidaycottages.co.uk

Powderham Castle by bus

Guided tours of the majestic state rooms. Gardens, woodlands, lake, miniature railway. Please see website for special events. Tearoom.
Open Mar-Oct, MTWThFSu 1100-1600 but check website for closure dates.
www.powderham.co.uk
Bus 2 from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to entrance shortly after Kenton. 30 minutes journey, Daily ½-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.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1030-1630. Garden open daily all year.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 173 from Exeter Central to entrance drive shortly after Drewsteignton. 48 minutes journey, M-S infrequent but suitable for visiting. For bus times see Traveline.

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.
Open please see website.
www.devonrailwaycentre.co.uk
Bus 55/155/55A from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to Bickleigh. M-S: bus 55/155, 24 minutes journey, ½-hourly. Sun & BH: bus 55A, 31 minutes 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.
Open Jul-Aug, Daily 1000-1700, see website for other dates.
www.crealy.co.uk
Bus 9/9A from Bus Station (¾ mile from Exeter Central) to entrance shortly after Clyst St Mary. 20 minutes 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.
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 minutes 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 Exeter Central to Steps Bridge entrance, shortly after Dunsford. 30 minutes journey, M-S every 2 hours. Operated by Country Bus.

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