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Local information – history

As the county town of Devon, the vibrant city of Exeter has a history dating back to the Roman occupation. Situated on the River Exe, Exeter is full of character and ancient history, but still offers all the amenities and comforts expected in a modern city.

The city is a thriving home to industry and commerce. In keeping with its history as a pivotal market town, Exeter boasts a wide range of shops and retailers in the city centre and nearby trading estates. The city is also home to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral dating back to Norman times.

Places to visit

Exeter has a wide range of entertainment, arts and sports with a host of theatres and cinemas, a city centre brimming with restaurants and bars, and top flight sporting clubs such as Exeter Chiefs rugby union club. With ongoing transformations and developments, Exeter provides visitors with an excellent shopping experience from stylish boutiques to the high street big names.

With its central location in the county, Exeter is also an ideal base to visit places such as Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and the unspoilt beaches of the North and South Devon coastlines.


Exeter has excellent communication routes with an array of transport connections including national rail links, an international airport, a comprehensive local bus service and direct access to the M5 motorway.

Local schools and colleges

Exeter has a wide range of state and private schools as well as a highly regarded university. Local primary education can be found at St Sidwell’s Church of England Primary School, St David’s Church of England Primary School and Exeter Cathedral School. Secondary schools include St Peter’s Church of England Aided School, St Luke’s Science & Sports College as well the Ofsted rated Outstanding Exeter College. The city also boasts a great selection of independent schools including the co-educational Exeter School and The Maynard School, which offers education for girls aged 4 – 18.