20 Best Things To Do In Exeter Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Exeter

Looking for fun things to do in Exeter? Well, we’ve got plenty of those for you to choose from, most within a walking distance of each other, which makes it a great city for a family day out.

One of the most iconic attractions in Exeter is The Royal Albert Memorial Museum& Art Gallery and it’s great for kids too - they offer interactive exhibits, adventure trails through the museum and explorer bags for kids (7-14). Speaking of must-do attractions in Exeter, don’t miss out on Exeter's Underground Passages - those mysterious tunnels hold plenty of secrets for you to discover.

Fancy a day out willed with thrilling stories of kings, battles and unexplored history? Take the kids on a trip to Powderham Castle, it’s been ranked one of the best castles in England!  

How about indoor fun?  Sometimes the weather can play a huge role in your plans but not when you’re visiting these great Exeter attractions! Take on the heights of Clip n Climb Exeter or jump into action at i-Bounce Trampoline Park Exeter; Bear Feet is great for soft play too.Our trusted explorer, Ali, mum of 3 boys, wrote a review of Clip n Climb Exeter - check it out before you go!

If you’re a thrill-seeker in search of your next big theme park day out, you’ll find Crealy Theme Park & Resort, one of Devon’s most popular attractions, just five miles outside of the city.  Featuring water rides, woodland adventures, indoor play and friendly animals it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser for all the family and a must visit during an Exeter family day out!

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Dining room at St Nicholas Priory in Exeter

St Nicholas Priory

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

St Nicholas Priory, now richly furnished as an Elizabethan town house, is the 900 year old guest wing of a former Benedictine Priory, and offers a gr...

Outside view of The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in Exetor

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Get to grips with Devon’s rich history and global connections - for free - with interactive exhibitions at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art...

Exeter Codebreaking Walk

Exeter Codebreaking Walk

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Enjoy a different kind of a family walk in Exeter - solve puzzles and riddles hidden all around the city to crack the code on the 75-minute Exeter Co...

Families exploring Exeters Underground Passages

Exeters Underground Passages

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Caves and Mines

Visit a Devonshire landmark at Exeter’s Underground Passages. What will your family find in these ancient and fascinating tunnels? Believed to have b...

Outside view of Saddles and Paddles in Exeter

Saddles and Paddles

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • Sailing and Kayaking

Saddles and Paddles is positioned on the canal at Exeter Quay and near a traffic free cycle route Exe Estuary Trail, making it an ideal location to b...

Exeter clocktower on Curious About Exeter trail

Curious About Exeter

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Curious About Exeter gives an entertaining glimpse into what makes this fascinating Devon city what it is. Whether you're a resident or visiting for...

Stairway to heaven challenge at Clip n Climb Exeter

Clip n Climb Exeter

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Clip n Climb Exeter is a brilliant introduction to climbing for children with all the challenge of proper bouldering and low level climbing but coate...

Start point of Exeter Woollen Trail at Exeter Guildhall

Exeter Woollen Trail

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Exeter Woollen Trail is a self-guided trail that provides a great way to learn about the historic city and its most important industry of the past, t...

Go Ape Haldon

Go Ape Haldon

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Nestled in 3,500 acres of woodland and with Dartmoor as a backdrop, Go Ape Haldon is home to all sorts of monkey madness! Clip on, climb up and clamb...

Climbing wall at The Quay Climbing Centre in Exeter

The Quay Climbing Centre

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

The Quay Climbing Centre There are loads of ways for young climbers to get into the sport and the fully equipped family taster sessions here are idea...

Map and booklet for The Exeter Mystery Treasure Trail

The Exeter Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Calling all detectives - a  mystery is brewing in Exeter and they need to know whodunnit! The case? Local florist Caroline Cudmore has disappeared so...

People on canoes at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre in Exeter

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • Water Sports

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre Get outdoors and active. Come to Haven Banks and try paddling a canoe on the river, or climbing our 23 metre tow...

Tenpin Exeter

Tenpin Exeter

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Find your balance, take aim and swing like your life depends on it, at Tenpin Exeter! It’s all the drama of bowling with added arcade games. If you p...

Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

Vue Exeter

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Young and old alike, there's something that everyone will fall in love with here. Jump into movie magic at Vue Exeter, where you’ll find all your fav...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Exeter

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

What does your brood love most about the movies? Seeing their favourite films on a supersized screen, or tucking into a bucket of popcorn? Do both at...

Man holding antiques at Bill Douglas Centre - History of Cinema in Exeter

Bill Douglas Centre - History of Cinema

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema) is a public museum and an academic research centre that contains one of the largest collections of prints, bo...

Trees at Exeter Sculpture Walk

Exeter Sculpture Walk

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Exeter Sculpture Walk can be found Streatham Campus at the University of Exeter, commonly considered the most beautiful campus in England. The campus...

Kids playing in soft play area at Bear Feet Play Centre in Exeter

Bear Feet Play Centre

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Bear Feet Play Centre is a unique and welcoming indoor children's play centre which boasts an amazing 10,000 square feet of pure fun, packed full of...

Trampolines at i-Bounce Trampoline Park Exeter

i-Bounce Trampoline Park Exeter

  • Exeter
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Experience the pure joy of trampolining at i-Bounce Trampoline Park Exeter - it’s the first of its kind in the city! It doesn’t matter how old, or yo...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

Topsham Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Topsham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Thar' be treasure and you're the pack of salty sea dogs to sniff it out! Grab your parrots, pirate hats and grog (non alcoholic, of course!) and join...

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