Exeter is the capital city of the County of Devon which is next door to Cornwall in the South-West of England. The South Coast of Devon is known as the English Riviera because of its wide golden sandy beaches and an amazing variety of sea- side leisure activities available to the visitors. Places like Brixham, Torquay, Paignton, Dartmouth, Exmouth and Sidmouth remind English people that they do not always have to go abroad for their summer holidays.
You’ll find Exeter, the capital city at the very heart of Devon – a beautiful Roman city with that seamlessly mixes ancient and modern. The remains of the Roman wall which once surrounded the city still exist. Wander through the cobbled streets and squares that surround the 15th Century Exeter Cathedral and you’ll suddenly find yourself in a stylish, modern high street, with cutting-edge designer boutiques, award-wining restaurants and art galleries dotted amongst all the shops you’d expect from a 21st Century shopping centre. The recently-improved and extended Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum can take you on a guided tour through the city’s history, and you can even explore life below the city by visiting Exeter’s Underground Passages. Less than 10 miles away, you can find yourself on miles of unspoilt sands at Exmouth Beach, or enjoy an ice cream, or Devon Cream Tea in the chocolate-box town of Budleigh Salterton.
Devon boasts five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Geopark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and two National Parks. Perhaps the most famous of the National Parks is Dartmoor. Its rugged beauty, and that of the Greater Dartmoor area around it, inspired Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, and has been used as the backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters. With 368 square miles to explore, you can walk for miles without seeing another soul or visit some of the Devon attractions to be found on the moors such as Haytor and the fascinating Dartmoor Prison Museum. Feeling a little more energetic? Then why not cycle the Drake’s Trail or encounter the herds of pure-bred Dartmoor ponies that wander the wilds? And when you need a little sustenance, be sure to check out the hospitality of the moorland pubs and restaurants, such as the wonderfully named Nobody Inn.
Exeter has an international Airport with good links to several European cities and many airports within the UK. It is only 2.5 hours by train from Paddington Station in London. There are many direct and quick links by coach to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. Courses offered in Exeter: