Last updated: 24th Oct 2013
Exeter's jewel is its waterfront just a 10 minute walk from the city centre. The Quayside on the River Exe also sits at the beginning of the Exeter Ship Canal and offers a mix of charming heritage waterfront buildings including a visitor centre and a chic cafe culture. Historic building gems include the old Custom House which dates back to 1681.
An enchanting selection of specialist and independent craft workshops, gift shops, cosy tearooms, old inns, fine restaurants and cafes all sit along Exeter's beautiful historic waterfront within old wharf buildings. The Quayside is also a focal point for events and a selection of outdoor activities are available including canoeing and kayaking, canal boat cruising or hire a bike and head off alone the Exe Estuary Trail! Both the River Exe and the Exeter Ship Canal are fishing hotspots popular with anglers.
Themed heritage trails feature all along the quayside including the Woollen Trail exploring Exeter's boom wool trade era and the role of the quayside. At one time this quayside was crammed with unloading and loading barges, exporting finished cloth to various locations in Europe. Visit the two particular historic buildings at the heart of the Woollen industry - The Customs House and Wharfinger's House.
Exeter Quayside is the perfect spot to begin either a riverside or canal side walk and in the past this beautiful waterfront has featured in TV drama including the popular series, The Onedin Line. Note the Roman Walls which stretch down to the Quay, a sign of original Roman use of Exeter's waterside.