Exeter Flights:

Flights to Exeter

image of ExeterExeter is a city in the south west of England and is the capital of the county of Devon. A historic city, Exeter has been a settlement since before Roman times and attractions include its cathedral, castle ruins and more.

The Exeter International Airport (airport code: EXT) handles a lot of seasonal and charter flights to Exeter, but there are a few airlines that have international routes. BMI, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic all have the same 2-stop route for their flights to Exeter from South Africa. They all have transfers in London and then in Manchester. Lufthansa has a similar route, but connects in Frankfurt and then Manchester. All flights to Exeter are close to 25 hours long, including stop-over times, so you may find it quicker and more economical to book a flight to London then catch a train from there to Exeter.

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The Tourist Attractions of Exeter:

It’s believed that Exeter was settled as early as 250BC and a town existed there for centuries before the Romans came along and built a city, called Isca Dumnoniorum. Some remains of this ancient Roman city do still exist though are mostly unfortunately inaccessible to the public. However Exeter does have a very good selection of tourist attractions, dating from different periods in the city’s history, making this a worthwhile and interesting place to visit.

Parliament Street
One of Exeter’s more quirky attractions is Parliament Street. This is one of the narrowest streets in the world, measuring only 1.22 metres at its widest point and just 0.64 metres at its narrowest. Originally named Small Lane, the streets connects the High Street to Waterbeer Street.

Exeter Cathedral
Officially named the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Exeter Cathedral is a beautiful building and one of the city’s main landmarks. The cathedral was completed around 1400 and features a stunning vaulted ceiling that is the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England. Other features include an astronomical clock that has parts dating back as far as 1484.

Rougemont Castle
Rougemont Castle is another Exeter landmark. Just in ruins now the castle was first built by the Normans in 1068 and was called Rougemont Castle because of the red tinted bricks that were used in its construction; these came from a local hill that contained red stone. The castle is actually privately owned so you can’t get within the gates, however there are landscaped public gardens adjoining the castle that you can visit, called Rougemont Gardens and Northernhay Gardens.

Butts Ferry
A novel way of crossing the River Exe at Exeter is to use the Butts Ferry. This is a pedestrian ferry that travels from one side of the river to the other via a cable and is hand operated. It’s been in operation since 1641 but its present name is more recent; it was named after George Butt, a local man who fought to keep the ferry running when the council wanted to close it in 1971.

When Should You Visit?:

Exeter has a mild temperate climate so rarely gets very cold. January is the coolest month when the average high is still a comfortable 9C and although winters are mild this is the wetter time of the year. July is warmest when the average high is 21C plus this is also the driest month of the year.

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