D E V O N S H I R E
Exeter is an historic cathedral city that takes its name from the river Exe. It was a trading port in Medieval times, but today the once busy port is no longer. The Ship Canal, built in 1564, is now used mostly by pleasure boats.
The city traces its roots back to the Roman era. Portions of wall they built around the town can still be seen to this day. Following on the heels of the Romans came in succession the Saxons, the Danes and the Normans. Exeter opened it gates to William the Conquerer after an 18 day seige in 1068. Norman influence is evident in the architecture of the Catherdral of St. Mary and St. Peter, whose massive twin Norman towers are reminiscent of castle strongholds make it unique it Britain.
Worth a visit are the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, St. Nicholas' Priory, Rougemont Castle and the Roman Gate underground passages dating back to the 13th century.
Exeter City Council