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Explore Exeter with megabus

Take a bus to Exeter and you’ll discover a city that oozes history and charm. With a winning mix of Georgian architecture, cobbled streets and colourful gardens, Exeter certainly doesn’t need an Instagram filter. Head down to the bustling quayside for hole-in-the-wall antique shops and boat rides on the River Exe. Later on, catch a comedy show or music gig at the legendary Exeter Phoenix, before savouring a pint of the local ale on Gandy Street. Suffice to say, you’ll have fallen for this pretty pocket of the country in no time.

Exeter: top 3 things to do

1. Explore Exeter Quay

On a sunny day in Exeter, there really is no better place to be. Follow the quay’s cobbled paths to the converted boathouses that house antique shops and quirky craft stores. Weather permitting, there are also plenty of places for an al fresco lunch. Plus, you’ll find the Custom House Visitor Centre here, packed with info about Exeter.

2. Tour the Underground Passages

Exeter’s Underground Passages are a one-of-a-kind attraction. They were built in the 14th century to house pipes bringing fresh water into medieval Exeter. During a guided tour you’ll be regaled with stories of ghosts, wars, sieges and outbreaks of cholera. These historic passageways are very popular, so book ahead.

3. Solve the Red House Mysteries

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Sherlock? Then we’ve got just the thing. Red House Mysteries are immersive stories where you have to find clues, solve puzzles and escape from the room within the hour. Bring a team of friends along and lose yourself in a world of riddles and intrigue. 

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Exeter: getting around

It couldn’t be easier to take a coach to Exeter. On all megabus services you can make the most of extra touches like free WiFi and sockets to charge your electricals. Check out our onboard facilities page to find out what else is included with your ticket.

Your bus to Exeter will drop you off in a central spot, so you’re all set to start exploring. Exeter is nice and compact so you can walk to most places, although there are plenty of buses, too. If you’re heading to the university, jump on the D or H bus routes if you don’t fancy the walk.

If you’re looking to explore outside the city, bus services run to places like Plymouth and Exmouth. Or, take the train to the market town of Newton Abbot – the scenic rail line passes just metres from the sea. Heading to Exeter Airport? Hop on the 56 bus from Exeter St David’s train station.

Exeter: best for nightlife

Talk to anyone about going out in Exeter and the name Timepiece is bound to crop up. An Exeter institution, this club is cheesier than a French pantry. In the best possible way. Or, for a more alternative scene, try Cavern – Coldplay’s Chris Martin was once a regular.

For those craving some culture, Exeter Phoenix hosts a varied programme of theatre, comedy, music and dance. And right in the centre of Exeter, Gandy Street has a slew of bars and pubs where you can sip a cocktail or try a local ale. 

Exeter: best for shopping

If you booked cheap travel to Exeter with shopping in mind, this city delivers in spades. For your favourite high street brands and department stores, the High Street and Princesshay Shopping Centre tick all the boxes. Meanwhile, the charming Gandy Street – said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley in Harry Potter – has lots of independent shops.

The Castle Quarter and Cathedral Yard are home to designer labels and luxury jewellery shops, if budget isn’t an issue. Or, visit the farmers’ market every Thursday at the corner of Fore Street and South Street. Just follow the smell of fresh bread and pastries. 

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Exeter for free: our top 3

1. Admire Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral stands proudly in the heart of the city and lays claim to the longest unbroken Gothic ceiling in the world. Another of its striking features is the 15th-century clock. It’s a working model of the solar system in keeping with medieval astronomy. And it still chimes on the hour, every hour.

2. Visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

The RAMM may have an imposing Gothic exterior, but inside, the exhibitions are bang up-to-date. Following a multi-million-pound revamp, it includes ancient artefacts that make it one of the most important museums in the country. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, it’s completely free.

3. Stretch your legs in Haldon Forest Park

If the great outdoors is calling, head to Haldon Forest Park. Various trails will lead you through the 3,500 acres of woodland. With jaw-dropping views over the Teign Valley and the Jurassic Coast, your phone will be full of photos in no time. The line 360 bus will get you there in less than 30 minutes.

Book your coach to Exeter today using the megabus journey planner. But be quick – cheap tickets to Exeter sell out fast!