Why Exeter is the Perfect Family Break

by Kim on July 29, 2016

If you’re like most people, you return from a trip excited to plan your next escape. On vacation, it’s so nice to spend quality time with loved ones laughing, playing, resting and relaxing. When researching your next destination, why not consider Exeter? Exeter has a taste of everything, from the seaside to the countryside, so it’s the perfect place to take your family for a range of experiences.

Think of booking into one of the many comfy Exeter hotels. After all the activities you’re going to pack in, you’ll probably need a good night’s sleep and a bit of pampering! So, why visit Exeter with the family? Here are just a few reasons…

It’s a pebble’s throw from the sea

If you fancy taking in the beautiful coastline while you’re in Exeter, then you won’t be disappointed. Exmouth is less than half an hour away by car, and has one of the most stunning beaches in England. It’s perfect for taking the family and any four-legged friends for some sea air, with soft sand underfoot and the incredible sight of the Jurassic Coast.

Discover Exeter Castle

I always try to soak up a little culture from the local area when I discover a new place, and here there’s the perfect solution in the form of Exeter Castle. With roots right back to 1003 AD, Exeter Castle (or Rougemont Castle) stands at the highest point of the city, as an impressive and intimidating site to any oncoming army. These days though, it acts as a stunning wedding venue, and you’ll find many families wandering through the attached Northernhay Gardens.

Visit quirky historic buildings

You can’t move in this part of the south without bumping into some quaint little cottage or grand manor house. There are so many stunning residencies in Exeter that make fantastic ideas for day trips with the family too. In fact, you can even stay in a hotel that’s drenched in history, like the Hotel du Vin. A former eye infirmary, this house has striking architecture and a truly unique charm. But don’t let the outside fool you – everything from their suites to their luxury spa has been fully modernised.

It’s right next door to Dartmoor

If you love the outdoors, you won’t get any better than the southwest coast of Dartmoor National Park. This is such a beautiful part of the country; dramatic blustering moors, landscapes that seem to go on forever and villages that seem to spring up from the earth, built of stone and tucked away behind the trees.

I cannot wait to go walking in this area and discover the wildlife; ordinarily I’d be climbing or canoeing, but I think my family may be a little too young for that!

Where are you heading for a family break this year?