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Local Area: Exeter

Historical Capital of Devon

Exeter has been the site of human settlement since before Roman times; these days it is a centre of culture and education, with many visible links to its diverse history.

St Peter's Cathedral, founded in 1050, is situated right in the heart of the city centre near the Princesshay shopping complex. The Cathedral area is a stunning example of one of Exeter's wide, open and relaxing city spaces, with plenty of unique shops, cafés and restaurants nearby.

Other places worth exploring include the Rougemont gardens, used every year by the Northcott Theatre Company for their summer outdoor performances, the Northernhay gardens and the medieval passages that run underneath parts of the city centre. The famous Quayside is another beautiful, historically rich part of the city with areas for shopping and dining.


Contact details, addresses and website addresses for secondary, primary, special and nursery schools in Exeter as well as pupil referral units and foundation schools can be found using Devon County Council's full and up-to-date database of schools or the index of Devon Schools.

Exeter College, situated in the city centre, offers a range of post-16 full time courses, adult education, diplomas and apprenticeships.

Exeter University's main Streatham campus sits on the outskirts of the city near Exeter St Davids rail station. As well as its academic buildings it is also the site of the Northcott Theatre's main venue and an extensive sports park, which includes Exeter Tennis Centre.

The university has a reputation for academic excellence and consistently achieves a strong standing in the main university league tables.

Health Services

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust provides services in Exeter at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford), which includes an Accident and Emergency ward, and at Heavitree Hospital.

Find full and up-to-date details of all health services in Exeter and surrounding towns and villages using the NHS choices website and search engine.


By train, First Great Western runs regular fast and slow services from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington. Exeter St Davids also provides easy access by rail to Bristol, Cornwall and the rest of the country.

From Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central, local rail networks run regular services to towns on either side of the River Exe.

National Express services depart from Exeter Bus and Coach Station to London Victoria. There is an extensive local bus network covering towns along the Exe Estuary and further afield.

Sport and Leisure

Exeter has a number of excellent sports venues in and around the city, as well as professional rugby and football clubs. The following list includes some of the main venues and attractions:

  • Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club is situated in the Sandy Park Stadium near Junction 30 of the M5
  • Exeter City Football Club is based at St James Park
  • Northbrook swimming pool
  • Pyramids Leisure Centre, gym and other facilities
  • Riverside Leisure Centre with gym, squash courts, health suite, sports hall and other facilities
  • University of Exeter Sports Park (Streatham campus)
  • Exeter Tennis Centre (in the University of Exeter Sports Park)
  • Clifton Hill Driving Range and Sports Centre
  • Wonford Sports Centre
  • Exeter Arena
  • ISCA Bowls and Bridge Centre
  • Northbrook Golf Course

Other towns and villages along the Exe Estuary.



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