Sandays B&B is the ideal starting point for exploring Exeter – the cultural heart of Devon. This beautiful & historical city is less than 30 mins by train or car from Sandays and well worth a visit at any time. The regular train service from Dawlish Warren means you can leave your car at Sandays while you explore.

Culture in Exeter, Devon

Exeter is said to be the cultural heart of Devon and the West Country and the city supports a thriving arts scene through its many galleries, theatres and live entertainment venues. The free Red Coat Guided Tours run all year round and we highly recommend them. The beautiful cathedral is well worth a visit for either a scheduled service or event, or just for a tour. At times roof and tower tours are also possible. The views from the top of the tower are wonderful.

Shopping in Exeter

Shopping in Exeter is wonderful with many independent shops, and can be interspersed with historical interest and good food & drink. We particularly love the Exeter Quayside for its shops, eating places and scenic walks by the river.

Architectural heritage in Exeter

Exeter is a wonderful mix of old and new. There are many interesting old buildings in the heart of the city open to the public at times throughout the year and well worth a visit. A little way out of the centre in the Pinhoe area is Poltimore House, now owned & managed by a Trust and a restoration project on a grand scale. Worth a visit.

Northernhay Gardens in Exeter

Located just outside the castle, Northernhay Gardens is the oldest public open space in England, being originally laid out in 1612 as a pleasure walk for Exeter residents. Much of the gardens reflect Victorian design, with trees, mature shrubs, bushes & flower beds and run all the way through to Queen Street.

Watersports in Exeter

It is also possible to get involved in many more active pursuits including watersports on the river and canal. We participated recently in kayaking with Kayak Hub and enjoyed 2-3 hours on the water on a lovely summer’s evening.