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The City of Exeter Visitor Guide

The information presented on these Exeter pages is based on the Exeter City Centre Street Map and Guide

There was a settlement on the banks of the River Exe long before the Romans founded Isca Dumnoniorum in about AD 50. The Romans built the defensive wall which completely surrounded the city. In 876 Exeter was attacked by the Danes. In 1068 the city was attacked by William the Conqueror, but only submitted after an 18 day siege. William ordered the building of the castle. Exeter was actively involved in the Civil War, first on the side of Parliament, and later on the side of the King. In 1942, 40 acres of the city was reduced to rubble by extensive bombing by the German Luftwaffe: many historic buildings were destroyed, and the cathedral was damaged, but the city has been carefully rebuilt to preserve its ancient heritage.

There is much to see in Exeter. Of course there is Exeter Cathedral with its unique twin towers, and the fascinating range of architectural styles surrounding the Cathedral Close. Much of the City Wall can still be seen, especially from the beautiful Rougemont Gardens, from where you can also see Exeter Castle. Also of interest is the Medieval Exe Bridge, the elegant Southernhay, the Guildhall, St Mary Steps Church and The House That Moved.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery is a fascinating museum and should not be missed. Other places worth a visit include St Nicholas Priory, which is furnished as an Elizabethan merchant's house, the Underground Passages, and the Quay House Visitor Centre, which is probably the best place to begin a visit to Exeter.

For further information about Exeter, including a free visitor pack, please contact the Exeter Tourist Information Centre.

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