Exeter is the capital city of Devon and an easy city to explore on foot from the front door of the hotel. We’re bang in the centre of town, just yards from Cathedral Close. Please ask us for independent shopping ideas, historic trails and further information if you would like some guidance on some of Exeter’s best kept secrets and independent gems.
SH is very serious about having fun in a city context: that’s why we keep informed about all the latest news, openings and gossip. SH also sponsors a number of annual city events – and can let you have the inside information on these and more.
If you need help planning your itinerary whilst your staying with us then here’s a list of our team’s favourite haunts and a whole host of ideas of places to visit.Browse the list
From its beginning, SH has sponsored Art Week Exeter, the first ever city-wide visual arts event. From major exhibitions, weird and unexpected connections between artists and places, and a real look behind the facade of the High Street – this is a week-long opportunity to wander, wonder and explore international as well as local art.
AWE 2019 takes place 27th May – 2nd June 2019 and there’s a year-round pop-up gallery just round the corner from SH. Ask us more about it!Details here
Shopping in Exeter is must. Princesshay Quarter, just 5 minutes from Southernhay House Hotel, is where you’ll find all of your favourite mainstream outlets. But part of Exeter’s charm lies in its independent boutiques and quirky venues all within easy ambling distance – ask us for recommendations and don’t worry; we’ll have a cocktail waiting for you when you get back!
Exeter University is in the Russell Group and one of the top 1% of universities globally. Its campus is a 40 minutes’ walk from Southernhay House Hotel and 20 minutes by car. We are the perfect base for families looking for accommodation near to Exeter University.BOOK NOW VIEW GRADUATION MENU
Exeter Cathedral – St Peter’s Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in England. It’s been dominating the city’s skyline since 1400 and hosts regular concerts, tours and art events.
Exeter Museum – Explore a collection of artefacts reflecting both the local area and far-flung cultures at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Be sure to check out their gift shop for surprising and classy souvenirs.
Red Coat Guided Tours – Take a guided walk around the city with the Red Coat Guides. Guides will take you for a 90-minute tour, showing you some of the most popular sights and attractions (including SH!).
Exeter Quayside – From walking, cycling, and boating for the more energetic to just relaxing by the water’s edge, the Quayside is lively and packed with activities, our favourite being people-watching.
The Phoenix – Exeter’s favourite arts venue and home to music, arts workshops and changing exhibitions of contemporary art.