Destination guide

Experience Exeter in holiday lettings

On the River Exe within Devon, you’ll find the sprawling cathedral city of Exeter. It has played a major role for Britain throughout the ages, from a military outpost to a religious centre to a modern business hub. With so much variety, it’s no wonder so many travellers are booking their holiday lettings in Exeter. Find out for yourself just how much this ancient city has to offer travellers no matter what they’re looking for in their next holiday adventure.


Historical sites near Exeter holiday cottages

Exeter is the result of a rich history dating back centuries, and you can see the remnants of that to the days of William the Conqueror while the walls go back even further. Romans were effective military technicians, so it’s no surprise parts of the first-century wall is still standing tall.


Sightseeing in and around Exeter

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that Exeter has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Northbrook Approach Golf Course (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Crealy Great Adventure Park (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Diggerland (12.6 mi / 20.3 km)
  • Tiverton Golf Club (13.6 mi / 21.9 km)
  • S W Coast Path (15 mi / 24.1 km)
  • The Donkey Sanctuary (15.1 mi / 24.3 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure near Exeter villa rentals

The city of Exeter is fairly small, but they still made room for plenty of green space in and around town. Near local villa rentals, you can enjoy the Bicton Park Botanical Gardens. This centuries-old garden is home to a wide variety of plant species from around the world. You may also want to head into Haldon Forest Park if you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor experience. Mountain biking trails are prominent throughout, and there’s a bike hire nearby as well. For a more relaxing biking experience, you can head to Exeter Quay. The cycling paths here are calm, and there’s a pond within that’s home to many wild ducks and geese.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Exeter

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Exeter is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Dawlish Warren Beach (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Exmouth Beach (9.6 mi / 15.4 km)
  • Bicton Park Botanical Gardens (10 mi / 16.1 km)
  • Dawlish Lawn (10.2 mi / 16.4 km)
  • Dawlish Beach (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
  • Devon Cliffs Beach (10.5 mi / 16.9 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Exeter

Fly into Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Exeter Central Station, Exeter St Thomas Station and Exeter St David's Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Transport to Exeter holiday homes

The Exeter International Airport takes in flights from all over the world, so flying to Exeter is always an option for travellers who want to cut their travel time down as much as possible. The major train station in town, called Exeter St. Davids, is part of the London Paddington to Cornwall line, and there are other stations as well if you’re coming in by more local trains. Of course, this major city is connected by motorways as well, so bus services and car hires can also get you into town. Once you’re in town, getting around is fairly easy. It’s smaller than most cities in the UK, so many holiday homes are within walking distance of major attractions. Of course, a bus service and taxis are available as well. Exeter even features several cycling paths.

Family friendly

Family-friendly fun near your Exeter holiday rental

Don’t hesitate to bring the whole family along to your holiday rental, as Exeter is full of family-friendly activities. The kids will certainly enjoy a trip to Crealy Theme Park to enjoy coasters, log flumes, go-karts and even a collection of friendly animals at the petting zoo area. The park has numerous indoor play areas as well, so rain won’t ever get in the way of fun for long. For a more educational experience, you can take the family to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. This museum showcases items and artefacts from Exeter’s history along with objects from around the world. There are even exotic animal displays that are sure to delight children. Additionally, you can visit Powderham Castle for valuable insight into this 14th-century structure and the family that now lives here – including their tortoise and donkey.

Can I find a vacation rental around Exeter?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 441 vacation rentals near Exeter. From 214 cabins to 214 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Exeter for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Exeter?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Exeter. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Northbrook Approach Golf Course: 1,442 vacation rentals
  • Exeter (EXS-Exeter St Thomas Train Station): 1,272 vacation rentals
  • Exeter St David's Station: 1,259 vacation rentals
  • Exeter Cathedral: 1,292 vacation rentals
  • Exeter Central Station: 1,275 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Exeter listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Exeter?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 214 Cabins in Exeter. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Exeter include:

  • Cottages: 214 rentals available
  • Houses: 320 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 214 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Flats and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Exeter?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 42 vacation rentals with pool available in Exeter. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.