The city of Exeter has a wealth of things to do and see. The city is full of character, and steeped in history. Exeter has over 600 shops, including, open-air markets, quaint antique and curio shops, collectors fairs and of course the large high street department stores. Whilst it offers all the facilities of a large city, Exeter has many examples of outstanding architecture and buildings. The city is surrounded by the lush green Devon countryside, all within a few minutes drive of the centre.
The City Walls
The city itself, was founded by the Romans. The city walls were constructed by 200AD to defend and protect the city, much of the massive construction remaining today.
At the heart of the city is the spectacular Cathedral church of St. Peter, which rises up from the spacious lawned, Cathedral Close, allowing you to see the full majesty of the cathedral fašade.
The two towers of the cathedral, are from the Normal Period, dating from 1110, whilst the majority of the building, including the splendid West Front with its medieval
figures of the apostles and prophets, dates from the 14th century.
The Gothic vault roof, built in 1396, above the central aisle, is the longest unbroken roof of this type in the world. The 300ft (105 m) long tierceron vault, weighing 5000 tons, stands on columns of Pur-beck (Dorset stone) - the rest of the Cathedral being constructed of limestone quarried from near-by Beer.
The oak Bishop's Throne (1312-17) in the centre of the cathedral is the tallest Bishop's Throne in England.
St. Nicholas Priory
The remains of the Priory, off Fore Street, date back to 1087 - the year of William the Conqueror's death. The Benedictine Monks originally formed a Monestary here.
The Guildhall in the High Street is thought to be the oldest working municipal building in the Country. The main body of the Guildhall, dates back to 1330. The Guildhall has a 15th Century arch-braced timber roof standing behind a Tudor pillared fašade built in 1592.
The Underground Passages
Built during the 14th and 15th Centuries these underground passages are a series of Medieval tunnels originally constructed to provide the city with a reliable supply of fresh water from the springs outside of the original Roman city walls.
These are the only examples of sub-terranean aqueducts open to the public in England. Guides are available to escort you through the passage ways beneath Exeter's busy streets, after you have explored the exhibition and watched the video presentation.
Quay House Visitor Centre
The Quay House Visitor Centre has displays and exhibits showing the history and development of the city and the riverside quays.
The Historic Quayside
Exeter's quayside features a unique collection of historic industrial buildings and warehouses. The main attraction being the brick built Custom House. This was the first purpose built custom house in the Country - constructed during the reign of Charles II. The warehouses along the quay have now been converted to a variety of antique shops, craft centres, restaurants and tea rooms.
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