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Exeter is a thriving city, with a rich history spanning more than 2,000 years from Roman times. Today, it combines a wealth of visitor attractions and architectural splendour with a bountiful array of shops, restaurants, bars and live music venues. A year-round calendar of events offers something for everyone, from the Exeter Summer Festival to open-air theatre and local markets. Enjoy local Devon food and drink in the weekly Farmers Market or the monthly Slow Food Market, held on the historic Quayside. Surrounded by rolling countryside, Exeter is an ideal base from which to explore. Just a short journey from the city you'll find a wonderful selection of attractions, historic houses and gardens.

More than thirty miles of stunning World Heritage Coastline charting 185 million years of the Earth's history - this is the Jurassic Coast. Towering red cliffs and undulating sand dunes, sheltered coves, rock pools and sparkling sea - it's clear why this coastline has been designated an area of international importance. Sandy expanses at Exmouth, to the crunch of pebbles at Branscombe and Beer, thirty miles of stunning coastline fringe the Heart of Devon. For charming coastal towns, visit Sidmouth, with its Regency hotels and esplanade, or the historic estuary port of Topsham with its unusual Dutch traders' houses and Georgian architecture.

If you want to enjoy the richness of nature and the gentler pace of country life, look no further. Rightly, most of the area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Blackdown Hills is a rural paradise half forgotten by time, rich in history and wildlife.