Telstar ~ a Victorian guest house

+44 (0)1392 272 466

The beautiful Devon coast

Exeter ~ On Your Doorstep

Here is a handful of local Exeter attractions, which you may like to visit whilst staying at the Telstar Hotel in Exeter.

Southwest Country Tours & Sports ~ Choose from a number of tours including Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Jurassic Coast and many more. Most country sports can be organised for you to go along with your tour, such as fishing, shooting, hunting, riding, hawking and walking. Arrangements can be made to collect you from the Telstar Hotel.

Dartmoor & War Horse ~ Dartmoor stars in Steven Spielberg's stunning film adaptation of War Horse; the story of a Devon horse shipped to France to serve in both the British and German armies during World War I.

Whilst filming on location, Spielberg was quoted as saying "I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor."

Sites include the small village of Meavy, Sheepstor, Burrator Reservoir and Bonehill Rocks near Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

Exeter & Essential Devon

Dating back to Roman times, Exeter is rich in history and contains a beautiful cathedral. Explore the ancient city walls, the contemporary shopping centre and bustling nightlife.

Within Exeter there are 15 conservation areas including the Cathedral of St. Peter, the City Wall, Rougemont Castle, and the Quay area. There are over 1,500 listed buildings and Exeter's historic centre has been designated as an area of special architectural and historic interest.

Exeter’s Underground Passages

Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain. They were built to house the pipes that brought fresh water to the city. Visitors to the Underground Interpretation Centre pass through an exhibition and video presentation before their guided tour.

Exeter’s Quayside

Exeter's quayside features a unique collection of historic industrial buildings and warehouses. The main attraction being the brick built Custom House. This was the first purpose built custom house in the Country - constructed during the reign of Charles II. The warehouses along the quay have now been converted to a variety of antique shops, craft centres, restaurants and tea rooms.

Exeter Cathedral

Founded in 1050, it was established to provide support for the Bishop of Exeter in his ministry and mission across Devon, and to be a community of prayer, and Christian worship. The Cathedral building, dedicated to Peter, one of Jesus' earliest followers and the model for all subsequent bishops, is the finest example of Decorated Gothic architecture in any Cathedral. The building itself proclaims something of the beauty and holiness of God.

Exeter Guildhall

The Guildhall has served as the centrepiece of Exeter's civic life for more than 800 years. A structure of outstanding architectural interest, it is not merely an ancient monument but remains a busy working building - still in regular use for a variety of civic functions and full meetings of the Exeter City Council.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)

Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is widely recognised as a museum of regional and national importance which has served the city and region for over 140 years. RAMM is one of the Council's award winning services and sits at the heart of the city's cultural life.

Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

Discover one of the oldest cities in England with Exeter's Red Coat Guides. Operating throughout the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, these FREE guided walking tours are the perfect way to explore Exeter. No booking is required, simply choose a tour, meet your Red Coat Guide and spend 90 minutes discovering Exeter. Tours begin outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Yard, or from the Quay House Visitor Centre.

Crealy Adventure Park ~ 15 minute drive away.

With so many rides and attractions and over 75,000sqft of indoor adventures Crealy is maximum fun, whatever the weather!

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent gardens are set in East Devon's picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and southwest England's Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquility with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, ice-free skating, restaurant and shop.


Protected by the National Trust, Dartmoor contains many virtually untouched areas of outstanding natural beauty that has attracted many magazine photographers looking for the ultimate picture. During the evenings while the sun is setting you can witness scenes rivaled by exotic locations.

Powderham Castle ~ approximately 20 minute drive away.

Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred years of history are contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes, this and a whole range of other exciting activities makes it a ‘must see' for everyone.

Woodlands Adventure Park ~ approximately 50 minute drive away.

Woodlands Family Theme Park Devon provides a whole day of variety for all ages. One inclusive admission price to the family attraction includes incredible indoor centres, outdoor adventures, Zoo, Big Fun Farm and Falconry Centre.

Forde Abbey ~ approximately 55 minute drive away.

Founded by Cistercian monks over 800 years ago, Forde Abbey became one of the richest and most learned monasteries in the country. Alan Titchmarsh commented "One of the greatest gardens in the West Country". Don't just take his word for it, visit and see for yourself!


Would definitely stay here again as it was ideally located for the town and the university.

Home | Accommodation | Breakfast | Tariff / Terms | On your doorstep | What's on
Recommendations |
Going green | Enquiries | Find us | Accessibility

Copyright © 2010 - The Telstar Hotel, Exeter. All rights reserved.
Development by:
Telstar photography by: Amy Grubb

t :: +44 (0)1392 272466 The Telstar Hotel, 75-77 St. Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 4DW, UKEmail Reception @ Telstar Hotel