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Exeter is a delightful market city that has retained much of its medieval charm and was once a strategic Roman settlement. The city is home to an international airport and a reputed university that was attended by the author of the world-famous Harry Potter books, J. K. Rowling.
Key attractions in the city:
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Opened in the 1860s, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum is the place to visit if you're keen to find out more about local archaeology and anthropology. The venue also showcases many interesting fine art artefacts, and is housed in a majestic Gothic Revival landmark.
Beautifully decorated, Exeter Cathedral is more than 600 years old, although work started on the building shortly before the Norman conquest, in the mid-11th century. The church still features many of its original Norman and Gothic features, and is internationally acclaimed for its extraordinary vaulted ceiling.
Also named Rougemont Castle, Exeter Castle was built soon after the Norman invasion of England and is now partially in ruins. The building suffered serious damage in the 12th century, when it was attacked by an army led by William the Conqueror's grandson, Stephen of Blois, although it now overlooks the picturesque Northernhay and Rougemont Gardens.
Ideas on where to eat out
If you're a big fan of delicious seafood cuisine, you can't go wrong by dining at The Galley Restaurant in Topsham, neither can you go wrong at La Petite Maison, also in Topsham, if you're a lover of mouthwatering, authentic English dishes. Other reputable venues include British-inspired The Manor Inn, the Jasmine Thai Restaurant, and the Italian-themed Quo Vadis restaurant.
Where to stay in Exeter
The Royal Clarence Hotel, one of the most sought-after Exeter hotels, also has the proud distinction of being the oldest hotel in all of England, having been established in 1769. Other reputed hotels in the city include the enchanting Magdalen Chapter, the value-for-money, elegantly presented Premier Inn Exeter Central St Davids, and the high-end Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel.
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