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Whether you want to hit the shops or visit the city’s historic quayside, hop on the train to Exeter.
You’ll arrive right in the heart of the city at Exeter Central station. The station forecourt has some great places to eat and drink including the Exploding Bakery, Zuki’s Caffetteria and Pieminister.
Pieminister (left), Zuki’s (top right), Exploding Bakery (bottom right)
Photo: Visit South Devon
Visit the historic quayside with its quirky shops, craft workshops, antique stores, restaurants and pubs. It’s 15-20 minute walk from Exeter Central station but well worth it. If you want to venture further afield you can hire a bike, canoe or kayak from the quayside and explore to your heart’s content.
Photo: Visit Exeter
The journey from Barnstaple to Exeter Central takes 1 hour 10 minutes and costs £11.30 Off-Peak Day Return (valid after 08 30 Monday-Friday or any time on weekends or Bank Holidays). The train service was improved at the end of last year and now runs hourly all day, including at commuter times. There are more seats too thanks to longer, better trains (pictured below).
Under 5s travel free on the train, and 5-15 year-olds are half price. Dogs are allowed on board (on a lead, up to two dogs per person).
Remember to plan ahead – face coverings must be worn on public transport and in indoor spaces at stations unless you are exempt.