Exeter is the beating heart of Devon, the central hub of this rural area. Complete with a stunning gothic-inspired cathedral, Georgian cobbled streets, and an array of bustling shops, bars, and restaurants, Exeter is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, which makes it the perfect setting for a first date.
Whether you live in Exeter or are planning on visiting for a date, there’s plenty date worthy activities! From the city’s famous cathedral and adjoined green – perfect for picnics – to the lesser known but incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside, the Exeter area has plenty of spots that are ideal for you to get to know each other better.
Devon Dating in Exeter For Culture Lovers
The city is rich in history and heritage – many of its buildings showcase Georgian-era architecture. Wander around the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery hand-in-hand with your date. Exeter cathedral is a must-visit for culture lovers. One of the oldest cathedrals in the UK, this incredible piece of architecture has been a part of the city for over a 1000 years (also, every date loves surprise history fact bombs…). Exeter is also home to three incredible theatres, which means there’s a load of performances on offer, from opera to ballet, if that’s your thing.
Devon Dating For Foodies
Exeter, like much of the UK, has been swept up in our delicious street food craze. Every weekend, a street food market takes over the city centre, with a range of healthy, wholesome, and delicious food on offer from across the world, right in the heart of Devon. From tapas to gyros – the Greek version of the kebab – there’s plenty of dishes to choose from.
If you’d prefer a relaxed brunch, lunch or dinner for your Devon dating setting, Artigiano is the perfect spot to head to. This espresso and wine bar is a casual cafe during the day but a lively wine and cocktail bar at night, complete with live music, making it the ideal place for a fun and unique date.
If you’re willing to travel 20 minutes out of the city to the lace town of Honiton, there’s a lovely little cafe called Toast, which serves a selection of delicious breakfasts and lunches, as well as a range of patisserie-style cakes.
Fancy a trip down memory lane? Head to Sidmouth for classic chip shop fish and chips from The White Horse Cafe, ice creams from Taste of Sidmouth, and old-fashioned sweets from Daffy Down Dilly sweet shop. The Exeter area is renowned for its incredible food scene, so you’re not likely to go wrong.
Devon Dating in Dartmoor For Outdoorsy Types
If the person you met on dating websites thinks outdoor sights are blissful, there are a number of places in and around Exeter you have to explore with your date. Dartmoor is home to an array of interesing wildlife to seek out together, including wild horses and the legendary beast of Bodmin, the most incredible rolling hills and beaches along the Jurassic coast just a short drive from the city.
A picnic date on Dartmoor could be the perfect date. There are beautiful sights like Lydford Gorge to explore, and plenty of pubs to stop off in for a drink or two.
Devon Dating For The Adventurer
Along the River Exe, you splash your way along in a kayak or canoe. On the coast, at Exmouth, you can water ski, kite surf, or surf together. There’s Haldon Forest that has a cafe, beautiful gardens, woodland areas, and three different bike trails for various abilities – you can also hire bikes here to get your pulses racing. At Exeter port, there’s also an indoor climbing centre where you can try your hand at rock climbing and abseiling.
For a first date, the city of Exeter has a lot of fantastic options and you would be hard pushed to find a better-suited town for the perfect Devon date.
Looking for a romantic getaway or some inspiration for your next date? Darren from Whichdate.co.uk explains why Exeter is the place to visit.
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