Exeter Microgap

West Country Foodie Escape – 2 day itinerary

2 Days

This two day escape takes in the ancient city of Exeter in Devon. With experiences ranging from cathedral tower tours to mysterious underground passageways and a floating seafood restaurant, your clients will see this destination from every possible angle!

Exeter is worth a visit for its food and drink alone. Cafés and tea shops hide among charming historic buildings, and restaurants and bistros serve top-quality Devonshire produce. The Exeter Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday and the annual Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is held in April.

Some of Exeter’s pubs are hundreds of years old – serving real ales and fine wines in historic settings around the Cathedral Yard and High Street, reputed to have once been frequented by Sir Francis Drake and Charles Dickens!

Getting To Exeter

Exeter is easily reachable from London on the train. Services run from London Paddington every 30 minutes and the journey time is under 2 hours 30 minutes. For short trips, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys and the freedom to explore.

National Express and Megabus coaches travel from various starting points across the country to the bus and coach station at Paris Street in the centre of the city.

For those who prefer to take a domestic flight, or who are flying directly from Europe, Exeter International Airport is served by flights from around the UK (including Manchester, London City and Edinburgh) as well as European destinations. A bus service runs between the airport and the Paris Street bus and coach station.

Day 1

Exeter Cathedral, Pebblebed Vineyard & River Exe Café

Exeter Cathedral

Completed in 1400, the magnificent Exeter Cathedral is home to the longest uninterrupted medieval vaulted ceiling in the world.

The best way to see the Cathedral however, is by getting on top of it! Join one of the Roof tours for special behind-the-scenes access to areas including the Cathedral towers and the Ringing Chamber.

Not only that, but weather permitting, guests will be taken onto the roof for unbeatable views of Exeter.

Supplier Information

Name Exeter Cathedral
Category Attraction
Profile Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Located in the centre of the city, there has been a Cathedral on the present site for nearly one thousand years.
Phone +44 (0)1392 285983
Email groupbookings@exeter-cathedral.org.uk
Website https://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk
Min - Max capacity: Min 6 for private Roof Tours
Frequency: Roof Tours usually take place on selected Tuesdays and Saturdays from July to September or at other times (for groups of 6 or more) by appointment.
Private tours: Yes - please contact us with your requirements
FIT or Groups: FIT or Groups
Translation: Audio tours currently available in German. French also available from Summer 2019
Extra information: - Anyone under the age of eight is not permitted on the roof tour. Any child between the ages of eight and sixteen must be accompanied by an adult on a one-to-one basis. - There are over 100 steps to climb. If you have a heart complaint/breathing difficulties/phobia or dislike of confined spaces, darkness, height or flying birds, you must not take this tour. - You are required to wear appropriate footwear at all times. High heels, flip flops, stilettos and sandals are not permitted. The guide has the final decision as to whether you are allowed on the tour. - Due to low ceilings in the roof space and stairwells hard hats, if provided, should be worn at all times unless otherwise stated.

Pebblebed Vineyard

After a leisurely lunch, perhaps at the Exeter Street Food Market which runs every weekend in the Guildhall, a 15 minute taxi ride will take your clients to Pebblebed Vineyard.

The experienced Pebblebed staff will provide an informative tour around the vineyard for approximately an hour, explaining all about the different vines and varietals (as well as the challenges that come with grape growing in Devon!) Then the tour continues to Pebblebed’s winery* and, over the next hour, guests are walked through the processes involved in making the different wines, and most importantly, are given samples of four or five of the wines. Wines are available to buy from the cellar door.

*This experience is available between May and October.

From the end of September to mid-October there may even be the chance to help bring in the grape harvest.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: Scheduled tours 1 – 15
Max 45 for private tasting experiences
Frequency: Winemakers Tour:
April – October
Thursdays at 4pm – 5.30pm
Fridays at 11am – 12.30pm (July to September only )
Saturdays at 11am – 12.30pm and 3pm – 4.30pm
Private tours: On request
Private tastings with food options: Available year-round on request
FIT or Groups: FIT or Groups
Translation: No

Overnight in Exeter.

Website: Pebblebed Vineyards

River Exe Café

Exeter has a wide range of trendy restaurants for an evening meal or, but for something really unique how about the River Exe Café, which floats on a barge in the middle of the estuary of the River Exe and serves outstanding seafood.

To get there your clients will need to catch a train from Exeter to Exmouth (less than 30 minutes), then walk to Exmouth Marina to get a water taxi.

Their Water Taxi departure time will be given to them upon booking with the restaurant.

Day 2

Exeter Cookery School & Underground Passages

Exeter Cookery School

After breakfast, it’s “aprons on” for a taste of the UK’s South West, with a delicious half day course at Exeter Cookery School. Held in a stunning waterside venue at the heart of the city, the school’s new weekly Taste of the South West Cookery Class works with the finest local produce to create classic cream teas or seasonal dishes using the freshest of meat, fish and vegetables. Alternatively pick from one of the school’s range of scheduled classes, like Cheese making or bread making.

Exeter Cookery School has already gained a reputation for providing fun and friendly hands-on cookery classes. Run by husband and wife team, Jim and Lucy Fisher, the cookery school extends a warm welcome to guests from all over the world.

Supplier Information

Name Exeter Cookery School
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile Idyllically set on Exeter's historic quayside among a wealth of leisure activities and eateries, Exeter Cookery School offers fun & friendly cookery classes for all abilities. From bread baking to cheese making, and from pies to puddings, you can choose from booking onto an existing course or contact direct for group bookings.
Phone 07415783759
Email info@exetercookeryschool.co.uk
Website http://www.exetercookeryschool.co.uk

Exeter Underground Passages

Not many people realise, but hidden underneath Exeter’s bustling shopping streets are a network of underground passages dating from medieval times.

Originally designed to maintain the lead pipes bringing clean drinking water from springs outside the city walls, the vaulted passages are now a not-to-be-missed part of any visit to Exeter.

Experienced guides lead guests through the passages and bring them to life with stories of the role they played through the ages.

Supplier Information

Name Exeter's Underground Passages
Category Attraction
Profile Discover medieval passageways that stretch under the city's streets at this visitor attraction in the heart of the city centre. A guided tour of Exeter's Underground Passages is an experience your clients will never forget
Phone +44 (0)1392 665887
Email underground.passages@exeter.gov.uk
Website https://exeter.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/our-attractions/underground-passages/
Min - Max capacity: 2-10 on a tour
Frequency: Tours generally start 30 minutes after opening and run at regular intervals throughout the day.
Private tours: Yes - please contact us with your requirements
FIT or Groups: Both
Translation: Video presentation in French & German subtitles
Extra information: Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your tour is due to start. Under 5s are not permitted on tours of Exeter’s Underground Passages, but free access to the exhibition is permitted with an accompanying adult. Wheelchair and pushchair access is restricted to the exhibition only. Visitors should be aware that the Passages are constricted and low in places and are not suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia. Sensible footwear is recommended. During school holidays and at weekends we are very busy, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Gifts and souvenirs are available.