Devon means different things to different people. For many it will mean the coastal resorts of Torbay or the rich maritime heritage of Portsmouth, both of which make the most of a coastline which has many natural treasures besides. That natural beauty extends inland to the beautiful Devon countryside and National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor, providing endless opportunities for outdoor activities. In this setting is the city of Exeter, a renowned transport hub for the region with much more to offer those who would stay a while and enjoy the fine hospitality of the city and the Exeter accommodation.
While the city may not top the list of the county's most famous destinations it has long played a strategic role in the South West and has a great many historic buildings to prove it. The cathedral which heralded city status is St Peter's and its hugely impressive Norman towers dominate the skyline. A mediaeval masterpiece, the cathedral is situated right in the centre of the city, just a stroll away from the historic Quayside area where 2000 years of history are condensed for all to see within the Quay House Visitor Centre. The Quayside also contains an historic pound lock canal, the oldest in the country and an indication of the contributions made by the River Exe to the city and the region.
A further historic attraction in the city is St Nicholas's Priory which contains many period features and furnishings from its time as a family home in the Elizabethan period. The best way to explore the history of the city is by enjoying one of the many free walking tours. These are run by Redcoat Guided Tours and include a tour by torchlight into the underground catacombs which date from mediaeval times. A range of tourist information literature and information will be available from most places which offer Exeter accommodation.
Given the many historic buildings in the city it is unsurprising that some are occupied by great old hotels, the types of which combine all the traditions and elegance of their age and stature with contemporary facilities for hosting events such as weddings and business conferences. With many visitors to the city arriving with business in mind, most of the larger hotels will meet their needs with general features such as providing work spaces with internet connections and offering specific assistance for tasks such as printing, faxing and copying. Features for the modern age, such as WiFi internet connectivity, will be generally available throughout the spectrum of Exeter hotel options.
There are of course modern hotels in the city, mirroring attractions such as the fine contemporary art displays within the Spacex and Phoenix Galleries. Theatre is popular too and well established within Northcott and Barnfield Theatres and the lively contemporary culture of the city is very much in evidence through the many first class dining opportunities and shops which feature everything from high fashions to crafts and antiques. There are numerous great pubs too and some of the best are traditional coaching inns which offer Exeter accommodation full of style and character.
In addition to catering for business needs, the larger establishments will have the greatest range of leisure facilities which may include such luxuries as swimming pools and fitness centres and there are some incredible country house hotels close to the city which will offer a wide range of leisure and recreational options, from spas to golf courses. At the other end of the market are the countless guest houses and smaller hotels which will offer excellent value Exeter accommodation within reach of all the most popular city sights and attractions.