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Things To Do In Exeter

  • Sophie
  • 9th June 2014

So you've decided to pay a visit to Go Ape's first tree top adventure in the South West: Haldon Forest Park.

But what will you get up to with your tribe before or after your Go Ape experience? With one of the most stunning forests in Britain on your doorstep, there are plenty of opportunities for some serious monkey business. What's more, the bustling city of Exeter is only 15 minutes away, offering plenty of places to hang out, whatever the weather. To help you on your way, here are some things to do in Exeter.

What to do?


Bike riding.

If you fancy seeing more of the beautiful 3,500 acres of woodland at Haldon Forest, bike riding is the perfect way to do it. Bike hire is available from us here at Go Ape, and we've thought of everything you can rent a wide range of bikes, from tag-a-longs to trailer buggies. There are different trails to suit all ages so whether you're a baboon or a fully-grown Tarzan you can hire the ideal bike for you.

Where to eat?


Ruby Modern Diner.

Kids and adults alike will love it here at Ruby's a contemporary twist on an American diner with ultra-comfortable booths and bright red furnishings. Fast food with a difference every dish at this independent eatery is prepared with the best quality, locally-sourced produce. Your little monkeys will love the selection of milkshakes (try the aptly-named 'Bango', made with banana ice cream, banana and mango), or treat them to a Knickerbocker Glory they deserve it after burning all that energy up in the trees. It's not all burgers and shakes, though; they also serve a range of imaginative salads to satisfy the health conscious.

Where to go?

The Exeter Quay.

If the weather's on your side, Exeter Quay is the place to go. Charming cobbled streets are home to former warehouses that have been converted into boutique shops, fantastic restaurants/cafes (with plenty of outdoor space) and craft workshops. The Quay also offers some guided boat tours, as well as canoe trips.

And something for a rainy day?

Underground passages.

So, you've spent all morning monkeying around high up in the trees. How about doing the opposite in the afternoon? Get your hard hats on and crouch down in these spookily-fascinating medieval vaulted passages. Originally built to contain pipes that brought fresh water to the city, they are now the only publicly-accessible system like this in England. Genius.

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