No trip to the City is complete without a visit to the Exeter Quayside!
The Quayside is a very popular area with Exeter residents and offers plenty to do for tourists, visitors and locals alike. From walking,
cycling, and boating for the more energetic to the tranquility gained from just relaxing by the water's edge - there's lots to enjoy around the Quay.
And with plenty of public houses, restaurants and tea rooms around there is always somewhere to get refreshed...
The Exeter Quayside provides a lovely atmosphere in which to relax and stroll around. You can visit the historic Customs House and various
other old buildings and warehouses dating back to Charles II. Whilst wandering around the quay area you will also come across the odd antique and
craft shop for that all-important gift. Many events from live music & river races to night markets are also held around the quay
throughout the year - keep a check on the what's on calendar to see if an Exeter Quay event has been
Exeter Quay was once an international port thriving through mainly in the export of woollen cloth, but by the 13th century sea craft could no
longer reach Exeter by river, so a canal was constructed around 1563. This canal linked the city to the estuary again and the port trade began to
prosper once more. Those wanting longer walks can travel along the canal side footpaths down to the locks, maybe stopping off at one of the alehouses
The Butts Ferry can also be found on the Exeter Quay. This is a manually operated cable ferry linking the quayside to the opposite bank. The ferry
has been used by many pedestrians over the years and brought much excitement to its younger passengers who have been crossing the River Exe
Exeter Custom House & Visitor Centre
This historic landmark dates back to 1681 and is one of the earliest brick constructed buildings in Exeter. The cannons that stand outside never reached
their destination and still remain unfired. Today, this prominent and striking building that was once the city's centre for the controlling of imported goods,
is home to the visitor centre. With the aid of displays and illustrations the centre provides the public with the opportunity to see and learn about the history and
development that the Custom House and the quay area has gone through. There's also an audio-visual presentation showing the history of Exeter from the Roman
times to the present day.
Boating and Cycling
For those wanting a little more than just a stroll, bicycles, boats and canoes can be hired nearby. The pedal boats can be used to paddle as far as "The Mill On
The Exe" in one direction and around the quay area in the other. There is a canoe route available that will take you all the way down to The Turf Hotel (about
five miles). The bicycles, again available to hire, can be used to travel along the canal side trail passing the Inns and locks on the way. The cycle route, which
is mainly traffic free and flat to cycle on, can take you further along than the canoe route. It is possible to cycle all the way to Powderham Castle and Dawlish
Warren allowing for a few obstacles on the way and plenty of energy!
Bikes can also be hired for children, which attach to the adult's bike. And for the toddler, child seats and trailers are available.
The Exeter Custom House is also the area's meeting point for the Red Coat Guided Tours
The Custom House Visitor Centre
46 The Quay
Telephone: 01392 271611
Or by visiting the website
alternatively you can also download their leaflet
Photographs - Exeter Quayside
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