Exeter is the thriving and prosperous administrative capital and county town of Devon. It’s also the second largest city after Plymouth with a population of around 120,000.
In around 55 AD the Romans built a town they called Isca Dumnoniorum on a hill above the River Exe, and this is where the heart of the city still stands today. The remains of the City Wall show the extent of Isca, but the only other significant remains of the Roman town lie buried under the area around Cathedral Green.
The majestic Cathedral is the principal attraction in the city centre, but The Quayside is also worth a visit, and if time permits, you can take a boat trip down the Exeter Canal to the Double Locks. Boat trips are also possible from the Quayside to Exmouth, but the Avocet Line will take train passengers far more frequently, with the option of enjoying visits to places like Topsham and Lympstone along the way.
The city centre suffered heavy bomb damage during the Baedeker Blitz, but there are still pockets of Old Exeter if you know where to look for them, and the area around the High Street also has some interesting places to seek out, as well as the excellent Royal Albert Memorial Museum.