Exeter is an historic cathedral and university city and the capital of Devon.
Exeter has enjoyed considerable success in recent years. The city has one of the highest rates of productivity growth of anywhere in the U.K. and regularly comes at or near the top of places to live surveys for quality of life.
Exeter University and Exeter College have both grown and improved significantly in the last 20 to 25 years. Our schools have also enjoyed big improvements in their performance.
Exeter has managed to sustain and attract a good number of cutting-edge businesses and companies attracted by what the city has to offer, our top-class educational institutions and attractive environment.
The city’s Labour council has grown the city and redeveloped the centre. Investments like IKEA and John Lewis have cemented Exeter’s regional status as a shopping destination.
Exeter’s strong and diverse economy has made it very resilient in the face of external challenges like those posed by the Covid pandemic of 2020/21 and the 2008 global financial crisis.
The city has a strong and varied cultural, leisure and hospitality offer.
Exeter has helped spearhead the revival in local and regional food and drink and is home to the annual South West Food Festival. Exeter is also a great place to stay while exploring the nearby Jurassic Coast or the two National Parks in Devon – Exmoor and Dartmoor.
In spite of the enormous recent pressure on the NHS, our local hospital, the Royal Devon and Exeter, has retained its reputation as one of the best and best run in the country.