Private jet charter and flights to Exeter
Emerging phoenix-like from the wreckage of World War II bombings, Devon’s spiritual and administrative heart blends its traditional cobbled streets with a buzzing contemporary undercurrent. Following a disappointingly concrete-heavy post-war construction effort, in recent years the revamped quayside and a lively nightlife scene have reinstated the cathedral city’s reputation as a tourist hotspot.Experience it all, charter a private jet today.
History buffs can uncover Exeter’s intriguing past on an acclaimed Red Coat Guided Tour, which the council runs for free with experienced local volunteers. Tours depart from the city’s most iconic landmark; its magnificent Gothic cathedral, which dates back 900 years and features imposing Norman towers, intricate carvings and the world’s longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting. On a sunny day, the Cathedral’s green is a lovely spot to soak up the sun with a picnic lunch. Culture vultures should make time to visit the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, a world-class collection of stunning displays housed in a spectacular Victorian building.
Continue exploring Exeter’s historic landmarks with a wander along Southernhay, a tree-lined thoroughfare of elegant Georgian townhouses; and the City Wall, which dates back to Roman times and has played a key role in the city’s history. Exeter is said to be one of England’s most haunted cities and thrill-seekers can tour its storied buildings while hearing chilling tales about their ghostly past – or head below ground to explore Exeter's Underground Passages, an eerie subterranean network that’s been designated a unique ancient monument
The University of Exeter, whose alumni include Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, injects the city with a youthful vibe that’s seen the historic quayside transformed into a vibrant hub of pubs and restaurants. Shopaholics can browse the plethora of high-street brands on offer in the Princesshay shopping centre or delve into the vintage and independent boutiques around Fore Street. There’s also a thriving alternative music scene – popular venues include The Cavern for punk and indie, while The Phoenix runs an eclectic mix of gigs, exhibitions and film screenings.
In recent years, Exeter has planted itself firmly on the foodie map with the launch of the Exmoor Food Festival and an influx of hip new independent restaurants, cafés and bars. Indulge in a sweet treat at iconic tea shop Cakeadoodledoo, graze on Turkish mezze and grills at student favourite Dinosaur Café and tuck into authentic tapas at Café Catalan in the Magdalen Road food quarter. For a special occasion, head 10 miles outside the city centre to Lympstone Manor, which serves world-class cuisine in the grand setting of a renovated 18th-century mansion.
Exeter’s scenic Devon location means you don’t have to travel far for outdoor adventure. The city itself offers endless walking and cycling routes following the Exeter canal and Exe riverside; stop at one of the atmospheric pubs along the way for a quintessentially British waterside pint. Further afield, in less than half an hour you can be rambling in Dartmoor National Park or unwinding on the beach in the small seaside resort of Dawlish Warren. Or head to Sandy Park on the outskirts of the city to watch local premiership rugby union team, the Exeter Chiefs, in action.