things to do in Exeter

Top 10 Things to Do in Exeter with Kids – Climbing, Playing, Walking and Many Other Activities

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre

Exeter is the place, which is worth visiting. The city is beautiful and interesting with its great history and glory. It is good, if you visit it and take the kid with you. Because there are many things, that you can do here with kids!

  1.  Climb at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre

    Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre

This center is new, it was opened in 2014. Many children have visited it already, and for everyone it was a positive experience. Sailing and climbing activates are offered to children of all ages here. If your child likes to swim, to jump, to ride a canoe or to take part in a sea kayaking tour, then you should take him here as soon as possible.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre

The centre is not expensive, it is very comfortable inside. It is possible to spend the whole day here – there are cafes to have dinner in the center, clean toilets and changing rooms. To be sure, that your small tourist won’t catch a cold, take an extra pair of clothing with him and change them after his active and very interesting day!
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre

Address of Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre:  Maclaines Warehouse Haven Rd, Exeter EX2 8GR,  United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 (0) 1392 400150

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre opening times:

Monday – Sunday


  1. Play Bowling at Tenpin Exeter

    Tenpin Exeter

Do you like to play bowling? Then include the visiting of “Tenpin Exeter” in your diary! If you have a child – take him here too, because the lanes in the center are comfortable for small children or for people with disabilities.

22 new computerized lanes will help you to have fun, to win or simply to entertain, while you will be playing. If your kid has a birthday – he will be glad to spend his party here as the personnel of the club will be ready to arrange one of their Big Birthday Bash parties – they are so skillful in it!
Tenpin Exeter

Address of Tenpin Bowling in Exeter:  Water Ln, Exeter, Devon EX2 8BY,  United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 (0) 871 222 3675

Tenpin Bowling opening times:

Monday – Friday

12:00 – 00:00

Saturday – Sunday

10:00 – 00:00

  1. Entertain the smallest kids at Riverside Leisure Centre!

    Riverside Leisure Centre

Even the smallest children must go in for sports! Children from 8 months till 8 years old are welcomed here to entertain and to train at the same time. More than 100 gyms are affordable here, where kids can run and jump. There’s even a play area for toddlers here.

For young swimmers the pool is available. Its length is about 25 m. Children under 8 can take their first swims here; they can take some lessons from professional coach and soon start swimming alone for long distances. If after a busy day you will be hungry, you can take a snack in a small comfortable café that is situated just in the centre.
Riverside Leisure Centre

Address of Riverside Leisure Centre:   Cowick St, Exeter, Devon EX4 1AF, United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 (0)  1392 221771

Riverside Leisure Centre opening times:

Monday – Friday

19:00 – 22:00

Saturday – Sunday

20:00 – 22:00

  1. Book “Curious Exeter” and walk around the city!

    Curious Exeter tour

Does your child interested in history? Even if he is not the lover of long historical novels, still it can be interesting for him to learn the most important facts about Exeter, just walking around with the guide.

There are two walks available within this course. They can be booked apart or simultaneously – it depends on the age of your child and his fit.

The first one is called “Gardens to Cathedral” and the second one is called “Cathedral to Quayside”. Gardens around Cathedral, its area and then the paths to the quay are included in the routes of both walks. There are a lot of shops and cafes here, so if you or your kid becomes hungry or wants to buy some souvenirs – it is possible to stop and buy them! At the end of both walks picnic is arranged, so to spend the healthy day in the fresh air, to learn something new and to have a snack just in the open area – everything is available, if you book one of these walks!

Address of Exeter Town Centre :  Northernhay Gardens, Exeter Town Centre, Exeter, EX4 3RY United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 (0)1159502151

  1. Get the best swim experience at Topsham Pool

    Topsham Pool

The pool is big enough – its measures are 25m x 10m. It is opened from May till September and situated in Topsham – well known historical port. If you are fond of swimming, or just want to teach your child to swim – in any case you can come here. The pool is long and its depth is different. From one edge its depth is only 1m and from the other it is 3m, so if you and your kid want to swim like professionals, you can choose the second edge or just start your swimming lessons at the first one.

There’s although attractive lounge for those, who are not in the mood to swim today and want just to watch. Ideal day off with kids, you know!
Topsham Pool

Address of Topsham Pool: Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0HF,  United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 (0) 1392 874477

  1. Explore art during Exeter Sculpture Walk

    Exeter Sculpture park

It is the campus of the University at Exeter, which is also registered as botanical garden. There are plenty of sculptures, situated inside and outside here. If you plan to see all of them, then your walk around the campus will last during 2 hours in general. The sculptures are made by famous and talented artists like Barbara Hepworth, Geoffrey Clark and many others. But the art is not the only reason, why you should come here. Tall exotic trees of botanical garden are also worth your attention. Have fun with your kids and a spouse here!
Exeter Sculpture park

Address of Exeter Sculpture Park: University Of Exeter, Harrison Building, North Park Road, EXETER, Devon, EX4 4QF,  United Kingdom

Telephone:  It is advisable to call the Estate Patrol on +44 (0) 1392 263999 to confirm access to buildings

Exeter Sculpture Park opening times:

Monday – Sunday

09:00 – 16:00 (external sculptures)

Monday – Friday

09:00 – 16:00 ( internal sculptures)

  1. Get Exeter Woolen Trial for free!

    Merchant house Exeter

If you choose this kind of entertaining with your child, it won’t cost you a penny! Just download the guide (it is available online) and imagine that you and your kid are travelers, who must find the route. The starting point of the trial is the Visitor Guildhall. You can get the paper copies of the route there, if you couldn’t download the guide. The aim of the walk is to study the streets, where ancient merchants of Exeter used to live. The center of the city was popular due to woolen traders, who sold their goods here. It is an interesting walk, during which you and your child will discover an interesting history of the city.

  1. Clip n Climb Exeter

    Clip n Climb

It is a sports time! Encourage your young sportsmen to study the Jungle Gym, then to climb up the Skyscraper and light up the board at Checkerplate! For sure, climbing here will be interesting and useful for his health. If you are fit enough, you can simply join your kid and play and climb here together! After that you will go to the local café and have a fresh drink, discussing all the adventures you have had there!Clip n Climb

Address of Clip n Climb:  The Quay Climbing Centre, Haven Rd, Haven Banks, Exeter, Devon EX2 8AX,  United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1392 422559

Clip n Climb opening times:

Monday – Friday

10:00 – 22:00

Saturday – Sunday

9:00 – 20:00

  1. Stay at St. Nicholas Priory

    St. Nicolas Priory Exeter

Do you want to explore the home of the rich and famous person, who used to live about 500 years ago? Then you should stay for a while at St. Nicolas Priory with your child. The house looks old, solid and luxurious. It is full of beautiful and expensive things of those times. Thus you can admire Elizabethan items from the city’s collection here.

There are two big premises that you can explore with your child! High ceiling, oak panels and roomy kitchen will be interesting to watch and to touch. So, pay a visit here!

Address of St. Nicholas Priory:  The Mint, Fore St, Exeter, Devon EX4 3BL, United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 1392 271732

  1. Feel like a miller at Clyston Mill

    Clyston Mill

Visiting Clyston Mill is a great opportunity for you and your child to try the profession of the ancient miller. The watermill is the historic site here. It used to work long ago and till now it is possible to make some flour there. The work in the fresh air, physical activity and interesting work experience is guaranteed to both, adults and children at the mill!
Clyston Mill

Address of  Clyston Mill: Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3EW, United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 1392 462425

As you see, there are plenty ideas, expensive and uncostly, how to spend the free time with kids at Exeter. Even if you are a busy person, try to spend at least a part of your vacation with your children and you will see how grateful, healthy and content they will be!