Things to do in Exeter this summer

Things to do in Exeter this summer

Stunning architecture, a buzzing quayside and a thriving arts scene, the city of Exeter is a wonderful place to visit in the summer. You’ll never be short of things to do in Exeter at any time of the year, but a trip in summer gives you the chance to spend your days eating al fresco, trying out watersports and taking advantage of some great outdoor events.

Wander along Gandy Street

Of all of the things to do in Exeter, visiting quirky Gandy Street is an absolute must. This small street just off the main High Street is peppered with independent shops and eateries. Not to mention some stunning architecture. It’s also home to the Exeter Phoenix - a diverse art space and music venue. Cross the High Street from Gandy Street down another narrow street and you’ll emerge on beautiful Cathedral Green.

Spend some time on the quay

Take a leisurely walk along the River Exe, and then loop back to Exeter’s buzzing quayside once you’ve worked up an appetite. You’ll have plenty of choice of places to grab a drink or a bite to eat, and soak up the atmosphere. Exeter’s Rockfish Restaurant is located at the heart of the city’s Piazza Terracina, with views over the river. Watch the world go by from the restaurant or on the sunny terrace as you enjoy freshly landed, sustainable seafood - between 3-5pm each Saturday during the summer we'll have fantastic live music in our outdoor space too. Make sure you book a table if you’re visiting Rockfish Exeter this summer.

Kayak, Canoe or SUP

If you’re looking for more energetic things to do in Exeter, then the quay is the perfect spot to try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding (no waves!). If you’d prefer a potentially less wobbly ride, hire a kayak or canoe for your water adventure. Whichever you choose, you’ll be sure to have a great time and get a different perspective of the city.

RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum)

For days when the weather’s looking a little ‘iffy’, you’ll need some rainy day things to do in Exeter up your sleeve, especially if you’re travelling with little ones. The award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum should be top of your list. The 16 galleries and three exhibition spaces offer plenty to explore. Visit their website to see what exhibitions they have on this summer and plan your visit.

Hit the Beach

If you need a your coastal fix, head to popular Exmouth. If you hop in the car, it will take you 30 minutes to reach the sandy shores of this lovely seaside town. Or, you can follow the Exe Estuary trail on two wheels (bike hire is available on the quay) for a wonderfully scenic journey that will take you approximately an hour (depending how many times you stop to admire the scenery). You’ll find another cracking Rockfish Restaurant here too! With uninterrupted sea views and more delicious fresh fish.