Exeter, Devon's ancient capital, is situated just to the north-east of Dartmoor and can be reached by air, rail or road. There's a dramatic cathedral, historic keyside, Roman City walls and the impressive Guildhall - reputedly the oldest civic working building in England. There are also plenty of modern bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs which give Exeter a lively feel in the evenings.
The quay in Exeter is worth a visit, with it striking Customs House dating from 1680 and the quayside warehouses still in use today, one of which has been converted into a visitor centre. You can also follow the city canal for approximately five miles to the famous Turf Lock and the Exe Estuary Trail. Or maybe during the Spring/Summer you might like to travel on the Mongoose passenger vessel to Turf and take a easy evening stroll by the canal, enjoying a pleasant drink or meal in a canal-side pub.
Worth a look is Exeter’s famous 'House that Moved' which is located near the Exe Bridges. This is a 14th century Tudor building weighing in at more than 21 tons that was moved back in 1961 from its original location on the corner of Edmund Street to make way for the building of a new road. It was strapped together and moved very slowly, a few inches/centimetres at a time to its present location. Quite a feat at the time.
And mention must be made of the great Devonshire Christmas lights competition. Unofficial though it is, this sees Exeter vying with Plymouth each November over who has the most expensive Christmas illuminations. They have rather early switch-on celebrations in early to mid-November, accompanied by firework displays. There are also Christmas and Farmers markets and carol concerts in the cathedral.