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Exeter is a popular travel destination year round for both holidays and business travel, due to its fascinating history, scenic beaches, and charming surrounding towns. There’s a lot to see and do for guests, from shopping and sporting attractions, to beautiful countryside – which makes the area a prime destination for the short lets market.
Property owners and hosts will find swathes of tourists and professionals travel into Exeter all year. However, you are also likely to see a spike in numbers during key cultural events, such as racing days and festivals. Graduation Day at Exeter University should also lead to increased bookings and revenue, as parents and family members need accommodation.
Exeter attracts a number of corporate travellers throughout the year. The city is one of two large urban centres in Devon, the other being Plymouth, and is a prime destination for business travel; there are approximately 35,000 commuters into Exeter on a daily basis. The Met Office is one of the city’s largest employers. Other large employers include the University of Exeter, Devon County Council and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. BT, EDF Energy and Flybe also employ a significant number of people in the area.
Historic landmarks, outstanding beaches and the famous racecourse make Exeter a popular tourist destination, especially at peak times of the year. The beaches and countryside are likely to attract guests during the summer months, although the forests and villages will draw in visitors throughout the year. There’s also potential revenue from guests attending events at Exeter racecourse throughout the year, and events at one of the many independent theatres and music venues.
Exeter Racecourse is one of the most famous in the country. Horse racing has been part of the city’s history since the mid 17th century. The Jockey Club was formed in 1750, shortly before horse racing under rules were standardised. The racecourse is known for the last duel in Devon, which took place in 1833, when doctor Peter Hennis and judge Sir John Jeffcott drew pistols over one another.
Today, as well as race days and the annual Haldon Gold Cup, events such as parties and family fun days are held at the venue.
Exeter’s outstanding Norman Cathedral features Gothic architecture. As one of the most visited places in the West Country, it is sure to attract tourists throughout the year. The two square towers were built between 1114 and 1113 as part of the Norman Cathedral, while the Chapter House dates back to the 13th Century. Its historic
The Cathedral is also an events venue, which hosts concerts, Christmas Markets, alongside their regular tours. The Candlelight Tours offers a particularly unique atmosphere for guests.
Countryside and landscapes
Exeter and its surrounding areas are home to so many diverse areas of national beauty. Dartmoor National Park boasts rugged beauty, with 368 square miles of moorland and forests. The nearby rolling Devon countryside has miles of footpaths through meadows and woodland. Blackdown Hills is an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, which features many riding, cycling and walking routes.
The Jurassic Coast is a stunning 95-mile stretch of coastline which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognised for its outstanding landforms. As one of the most popular destinations in Britain, the Jurassic Coast draws in millions of visitors annually – making it a prime opportunity to benefit from holiday lets in the surrounding area.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
The award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery is not to be missed. It is home to an amazingly diverse collection, consisting of over one million objects from all around the world. Antiquities, costume, fine art and natural sciences all feature in the museum’s offering.
Whenever you visit Exeter, you’ll find a range of exciting events taking place – providing an opportunity for landlords to increase their rental income.
A vibrant calendar of festivals draws in tourists throughout the year. Exeter Festival, introduced in 2019, takes place in summer, with live music and outdoor film screenings.
Annual Exeter Craft Festival on Cathedral Green sees the region’s artists and creatives showcase their work. For 80s music fans, retro music festival Let’s Rock Exeter takes place each summer at Powderham Castle.
Fixtures is a highlight of the sporting calendar at the famous Exeter Racecourse. The Haldon Gold Cup is the biggest event of the year. With a friendly atmosphere and beautiful setting, the racecourse attracts a broad and knowledgeable audience.
Exeter Pride is one of the largest free Pride events in the UK. Held annually, the event celebrates LQBTQ+ musicians and artists, and is attended by a range of organisations and community groups. Pride attracts hundreds of visitors, from both the LQBTQ+ community and allies, and is a great opportunity for landlords to earn.
Shaldon Water Carnival
Every year, the Shaldon Water Carnival provides a day of colourful entertainment at the nearby Ferry Beach in Devon. This family friendly event includes a regatta, beach games, evening entertainment and a BBQ.
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