West Country Foodie Escape - 2 day itinerary
This two day foodie and cultural escape from London travels to the ancient city of Exeter in Devon. Situated on the River Exe and dating back to the Roman era, city walls surround the city’s centre and impressive Gothic cathedral.
Exeter is one of the top food and drink destinations in the South West, with cafés and tea shops hidden within charming historic buildings, and restaurants and bistros serving top-quality Devonshire produce. The Exeter Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday, and the Exeter Street Food Market runs every weekend in the Guildhall. 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.
Exeter Cookery school & Pebblebed Vineyard
For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.