Sunday, 15 March 2009

Near neighbour gone upper class

When you come to Torbay you don't necessarily expect top-class shopping facilities. There are many reasons to visit our beautiful corner of the world but these days you might be better off taking your shopping bags and credit card up the road to Exeter.
But there is more to this historic city than the lure of retail therapy.
A short drive north of Torbay, Exeter is the capital city of the county of Devon and is home to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, which dates back to Norman times. The huge building dominates the centre of the city, and is flanked by ancient streets with wonderful restaurants and hotels.
Alternatively, take a free Red Coat guided tour to get a real feel for the history of one of the oldest cities in England, or simply drop in to the visitor centre and explore yourself.
Wander down to the Quay with its warehouses, bars and restaurants and take a walk along the Exeter Canal Basin where you can follow the canal for five miles to Turf Lock and the Exe Estuary Trail.
Exeter is rightly famed for its top-class shopping, which is due in large part to the 2007 opening of the Princesshay development, with over 60 shops including designer clothing stores and many cafes and restaurants.

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