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Exeter town guide

Like many of England's older cities, Exeter was once a major port. As the size of shipping increased and channels became silted, many ports found themselves isolated from their original trade routes. Although this was the fate of Exeter, a "Ship Canal" was built to stave of the inevitable for as long as possible. The Old Quay basin at the Exeter end of the canal became the centre of the maritime museum with many interesting exhibits from the era of smaller vessels, many propelled by sail.

As an ancient city Exeter has a splendid Cathedral. Located in the very centre of the city, it provides a haven from the modern traffic and bustle of the city.

Although Exeter was heavily bombed in 1942, enough of the old buildings survived-the Guildhall, the Bishop's Palace and many Mediaeval pubs to lend a fascinating air to the old centre.

Downriver at Exmouth there are beautiful beaches and sandstone cliffs. The model railway centre found at Peco World in Beer is a lovely place to visit for children and railway enthusiasts alike. Dartmoor and Exmoor are in easy reach of the city offering beauty and wildness, summer colour and winter bleakness.

Many people will pass by Exeter on their way further south to Devon and Cornwall, but if you are in a rental car it is worth breaking your journey here to sample the many delights that Exeter has to offer.

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