• Discover Exeter

    Exeter is the capital city of Devon and an easy city to explore on foot, right 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.

  • SH sponsors….DCS 2018

    For the sixth year, SH sponsored the Devon County Show – a perfect mix of our eccentric, aristocratic and hard working, hands-on county.  A great experience for families and a real eye opener to anyone living inside the M25!

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  • SH sponsors….AWE 2018

    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
  • SH sponsors….PRIDE

    It’s always a pleasure to sponsor Exeter Pride and ⌗getinvolved.  Check out our special half price Pride cocktail ⌗KyliesKiss and feel the love at SH.

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  • Shopping

    Shopping in Exeter is must. It easily provides visitors with an unforgettable shopping experience from stylish boutiques to the high street big names.  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!

  • University Visits

    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 just 20 minutes by car. We are the perfect base for families looking for accommodation near to Exeter University. We can arrange your transport to and from the University campus with prior notice. If you are visiting Exeter for a graduation we offer a special graduation menu throughout graduation week so you can celebrate in style.

  • Things to do

    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 MuseumExplore 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.

  • Our recommendations

    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.

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