Exeter, Capital of Devon
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Exeter lies on the river Exe in the south western corner of Britain, approx 300km from London. It is the capital of Devon, one of Britain's lovliest areas. Getting there was easy, we flew in to Exeter Airport from Amsterdam on low cost airline Flybe.com
The city has a population of over 100,000 and is a very convenient gateway to exploring the rest of Devon and Cornwall. The city was founded by the Romans and was the capital city of the Dumnonian celtic tribe up until it was invaded and annexed by the Saxons of Wessex in the 8th century. There are still some really nice ruins, such as the city walls and underground passages which date from the middle ages. The nightlife is also pretty cool as there it is a thriving University city. Most of the nightclubs tend to be located in the quayside area. The area around the norman cathedral is also worth a visit. The cathedral and close area survived the a Nazi bombing blitz which destroyed parts of the city in 1942. It is a very impossing building and there are tours which take place throughout the day. Nearby the small port village of Topsham is home to some lovely restaurants and quaint shops. If you can hire a car there are two national parks within reach of Exeter, one to the West (about 11km) Dartmoor and one to the North (about 50km) Exmoor. Both have varied sceneary and very different characteristics. Dartmoor, the setting of Conan Doyle's 'Hounds of the Baskervilles', is a wild place and is home to many ancient sites including stone circles, menhirs and dolmens, whilst Exmoor is more undulating and 'civilised' and is made famous by author Lorna Doone.
The main train station and bus station has services to all corners of Devon and Cornwall. Don't forget to try some local food, maybe a Devonian cream tea or a Pasty... Pasties tend to get better the further west you head but I found I great Pasty shop in Exeter called Oggy Oggy just by the Guildhall shopping centre. Flavours vary from tardional steak, potato and onion to chicken tikka and pork and apple.