A few miles inland from Exmouth along the river Exe is the city of Exeter, Devon's capital city. Exeter has ancient roots, being home to the Dumnonii tribe for centuries before the Romans arrived in AD 55, naming the settlement Isca Dumnoniorum, "Watertown of the Dumnonii" after its early occupants. With a defensive fort overlooking the quay, it became the Romans' westernmost frontier town and the terminus of the great Roman road, the Fosse Way. The Romans stayed in Exeter for 300 years, and remnants of the defensive town walls they built in AD 200 can still be seen today.
In 1942, Exeter was subjected to sustained German air raids aimed at British cities of major cultural and historical importance, and these raids destroyed a great deal of Exeter's medieval buildings; so much so that the Germans claimed to have destroyed the 'jewel of the west'. Thankfully some important remnants of Exeter's history remain including its fine Gothic cathedral which dates from 1050, St Nicholas Priory, a Tudor house dating back 900 years, and the ancient Guildhall, which has been the centre of civic government in the city for over 600 years.
Today, Exeter is a small vibrant city, with a university, thriving nightlife, and surrounded by rolling Devon countryside. One of the finest parts of the city to visit is the area around the historic quay. Originally a working quayside alongside the river Exe and later Exeter Ship Canal, the quay is now lined with cafes, restaurants, and bars and is a great leisure (and photo!) location.