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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Exeter, Devon

With plenty of things to do in Exeter, most within a walking distance of each other, it's a great city for a family day out.

Fun, activity and adventure are the themes for this destination. Start off with a trip to Saddles and Paddles for the chance to see the city from a different viewpoint. Families can hire bikes, canoes or kayaks to enjoy the cycle trails and canal.

If you love spending time in the great outdoors then Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre will help you make the most of it, as you try your hand at sailing, rafting, coasteering, climbing or artificial caving.

Exeters Underground Passages offer an interesting and unique family experience for those who don’t mind small spaces! Walk and crawl through some extremely tight squeezes as you learn all about the city’s aqueduct. This attraction isn’t suitable for the under 5s.

Back up in the open air take part in the Exeter Sculpture Walk and see over 30 interesting sculptures dotted around the grounds of the University of Exeter, or take part in the Curious About Exeter walking Treasure Hunt and discover more about the city as you solve clues and mysteries.

Just five miles outside of the city is Crealy Great Adventure Park, one of Devon’s most popular attractions! Featuring water rides, woodland adventures, indoor play and friendly animals it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser for all members of the family and a must visit during an Exeter family day out!

Find your perfect day out

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...

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
  • 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...

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...

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...

Crealy Theme Park & Resort

  • Exeter
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Hit the high notes on 60 jaw-dropping rides and attractions, including the drench-inducing Tidal Wave, The Twister or if you dare the ultimate thrill...

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...

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...



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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

  • 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...

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...

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...

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

  • 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 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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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