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Quality of life

As a place to work, live and visit, Exeter has a reputation for an outstanding quality of life and as such is regularly voted first in national surveys.

Coast City Country

Exeter is often called 'the city in the country'.  It is a busy, prosperous city with a large number of workers commuting into the centre daily.  It offers a quality lifestyle for people of all different ages and interests. 

Most of the following features are within 30 minute drive, or train ride, of Exeter.  These are the things that make the city an attractive location in which to live, work and learn:

  • 7 areas of outstanding natural beauty including 365 square miles of Dartmoor National Park, 77 square miles of Exmoor National Park and the Jurassic/Triassic Coastline designated England's first natural World Heritage site
  • 5 Valley parks in the city including a Devon Wildlife Trust Sanctuary and Nature Reserve
  • Woodland and 4 RSPB Nature Reserves of international importance
  • Exe Estuary (water sports available - sailing, wind surfing, water skiing, jet skiing, diving, fishing, canoeing)
  • 25 National Trust Properties in Devon with 11 of these in Exeter
  • 14 English Heritage sites
  • More than 50 attractions including animal parks, adventure parks, museums, galleries and theatres, river cruises, castles, waterfalls and gardens
  • 289 miles of heritage coastline (shingle and sandy beaches, limestone and red sand stone cliffs) totalling 67 beaches
  • Devon has 36 public parks and gardens
  • Dozens of pubs, restaurants, night-clubs and live music venues in the city
  • Annually over 150 arts and cultural events including an animation and film festival, walking festival, music and community festivals, cycling events, art exhibitions, outdoor theatre, comedy and heritage and garden open days
  • Football club, a Premiership rugby club, cricket club, squash club and rowing clubs
  • A complete range of indoor and outdoor leisure and sporting pursuits: football, rugby, cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, swimming, aerobics, athletics, golf (+ driving range), horse riding, walking, bowls, bowling, martial arts, yoga, basketball, volley ball, table tennis, netball, canoeing, rowing sailing, angling, bridge and a dry ski slope
  • Leisure Centres including a golf course, international standard athletics stadium, 3 swimming pools and an indoor bowls centre
  • 60 Golf courses in Devon, 30 of which are within an easy drive of the City and 3 of national standard
  • Over 1,000 miles of public footpaths, including 15 long distance routes such as the Two Moors Way, the South West Coast Path and the Green Circle Walk
  • On and Off road cycling
  • 4 Theatres
  • 3 cinemas & 10-pin bowling
  • Pop and Rock concerts: Lemon Grove / Great Hall on University campus; The Corn Exchange; Powderham Castle and Killerton in summer months; occasional events at Westpoint
  • 17 choirs including the Exeter Philharmonic Choir and the Exeter Festival Chorus
  • 5 Local markets including a weekly Farmer's Market at the top of South Street

Please view our links to quality of life news stories:

Mail Online - The Exeter Factor
Telegraph - Caroline McGhie looks at Exeter, the Devon city defying the odds
Country Life Article - Devon: officially England's best county


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