Quayside Area


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Quayside Area

The Quayside has been enhanced to provide a fascinating mix of historic and contemporary design. It is the ideal place to browse antique shops, walk and cycle, take a relaxing boat trip or find something good to eat. Just 10 minutes walk from the city centre are small local shops sited in historic cellars and bonded warehouse, such as Eclectique and Goodwood Cellars. Sited around the River Exe there's a mix of antiques and crafts shops, such as Quayside Crafts & Gifts and the Warehouse Gallery. You can hire bicycles and canoes from Saddles & Paddles to explore the River Exe and canal, or simply relax at one of the al fresco restaurants and cafes with waterside views. Take the foot ferry or footbridge across to Piazza Terracina for watersports equipment at AS Watersports, or visit one of the mediterranean style cafes and restaurants, such as Bar Venezia, the Waterfront or The Prospect. For great live music head to the Revelry.


Exeter’s compact and mostly pedestrianised centre makes shopping a breeze with a wealth of familiar and unique retail choices to help do some serious damage to your credit card. The historic High Street running through the centre is easy to navigate (only buses are allowed through), and features many of the big brand stores such as Laura Ashley, Marks & Spencers, Waterstones, Boots and Dingles, now part of the upmarket House of Fraser group. The Guildhall and Harlequins are two of the covered shopping centres, while the newly opened Princesshay hosts a collection of high-end brands and independent outlets. The cobbled atmospheric and ancient Gandy Street is the place for distinctive designer wear, crafts and unusual accessories, while the steeply sloping Fore Street has a collection of retro clothing, music and extreme sports stores. Continuing downwards to the bottom of the hill, the Quayside has a small but rewarding collection of gift, craft and antique shops housed in historic cellars and warehouses.