Exeter Hot Spots


Exeter isn’t exactly known for its nightlife, but who cares. Not all students are enraptured by clubbing into the early hours. What the city may lack in nightclubs it more than makes up for in culture and history. What originated as a charming medieval town has developed over the centuries into a thriving modern city that retains a distinct character that most students fall in love with instantly.

Theatres, cinemas, museums, bars, a cathedral: Exeter has the lot. If we start on campus, you’d be silly to give the Northcott Theatre a miss. It’s cheap for students and showcases a range of exciting shows that include comedies, musicals and even a Shakespeare performance or two. Drama students are encouraged to perform in plays and Northcott offers an intimate yet lively setting for their performances.

But theatres in Exeter extend beyond the confines of campus. The Bike Shed is a hidden away gem. It is even more intimate, and Freshers, make sure you take your iPhone with Google Maps with you when you set off to find this cosy venue. While in this part of town, you might also want to consider venturing to Picturehouse Exeter. The seats are incredible: comfy and cosy in a spacious venue. It showcases a range of films that are not exactly ‘mainstream’, and so is ideal for film buffs.

Exeter may not have the variety and number of, say, Newcastle, London or Leeds when it comes to nightclubs, but it does boast a range of bars and pubs that promise everything from fancy cocktails to Devon cider. Urban Underground, situated down Queens Street, offers a Happy Hour in which you can buy two cocktails for only £6 – and believe me, they’re worth it. If you’re hungry, it takes less than a nanosecond to get to Urban Burger on your right where the burgers are something of a legend. John Gandy and Monkey Suit are also must-visits for cocktail lovers.

If history’s your bag, then a visit to the charming Exeter Cathedral is recommended. The staffs are incredibly helpful and provide an informative tour of this historical gem. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) was voted Museum of the Year a while back, and the striking Victorian architecture makes it a stand-out attraction in the city centre. Its exhibitions explore everything from the southwest in Tudor times to the history of sexuality. If film and cinema are more your thing, however, then definitely visit the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum situated a stone’s throw from the Forum. Right on campus… you’d be silly not to go at least once.


Northcott Theatre
University of Exeter, Stocker Road
Exeter EX4 4QB

The Bike Shed
163 Fore St,
Exeter EX4 3AT

Picturehouse Exeter
51 Bartholomew St W,
Exeter EX4 3AJ

Bars & Pubs

Urban Underground
44 Queen St,
Exeter EX4 3SR
Sunday to Thursday 6pm – 12am
Friday 6pm – 1am
Saturday 6pm – 1:30am

John Gandy
23 Gandy Street,
Exeter EX4 3LS
Monday to Thursday 11am – 12am
Friday & Saturday 11am – Late
Sunday 12pm – 12am

Monkey Suit
161 Sidwell Street,
Exeter EX4 6RH
Sunday to Thursday 4pm – 1am
Friday & Saturday 12pm – 3am

Historical Attractions

Exeter Cathedral
1 The Cloisters,
Exeter EX1 1HS
Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 11:15am – 5pm
Admission fees apply

Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
Queen Street,
Exeter EX4 3RX
Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed on Mondays
Admission is free

Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
Prince of Wales Road,
Exeter EX4 4SB
Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm
Admission is free

Conor Byrne

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