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Those who live in the postcard-perfect county town of Devon are so spoilt for choice that it can be hard to know where to point your feet. Steeped in history, Exeter is part olde-world England, part hip University transition town; ancient Roman city walls harbour its stunning Norman cathedral alongside shiny new shopping outlets and bijoux boutiques.
With Dartmoor just a few miles to the west and the seaside a stone's throw to the south, it's no wonder visitors flock here for a little taste of what we lucky Exonians call home.
The redeveloped (and completely free to visit) Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 2012's Museum
Of the Year, prides itself on engaging young visitors, and adjoins the buzzing Phoenix Arts Centre in the heart of the city.
Budding historians can spend a day in the life of a Tudor at the hands-on St
Nicholas' Priory, or don their hard hat for a trip through the city's underground passages.
Don't stay indoors too long, though – the glorious setting calls out to be explored, and there are
plenty of activities for the more adventurous. Water sports and a climbing centre nestle beside craft and coffee shops down on the Quay. Hire a bike or take a boat down the Exe to visit canal side paths and playgrounds. Round it all off with comfy chairs and a well-deserved cream tea in a cosy, country pub - you're never far from one of those in Devon. Cheers!
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