Fresh air, fresh thinking
Exeter punches well above its weight as a business, conference and incentive destination.
It’s home to a world-class museum and premiership sporting facilities, but also major businesses such as the Met Office and the Russell Group who have put Exeter on the map as a city of international importance.
Renowned for its quality of life, it’s easy to see why more and more event planners are choosing to stage a wide variety of meetings, conferences, and incentives in this historic Devon city, located on the River Axe in southwest England.
Healthy fresh air will always drive fresh thinking so Exeter’s proximity to Dartmoor National Park and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, plus two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the east, make Exeter the ultimate inspiration-driver as well as a natural choice for team-building and outdoor incentives.
As a famously-historic city, there are plenty of attractions which have stood for hundreds of years, such as Exeter Cathedral, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Exeter's Underground Passages to name just a few.
In 2017, Exeter’s international airport was officially rated the happiest airport in the world. With free VIP lounge access for business travellers, it’s easy to see why.
Exeter Airport is 20 minutes from the city of Exeter. It offers connections with other major UK cities, and across Europe with nonstop flights to Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin, to name a few. Or connect via London City Airport, with daily flights to Exeter.
Just two hours, 20 minutes from London Paddington, and one hour from Bristol. Two hours, 20 minutes from Cardiff and two hours, 30 minutes from Birmingham.
Exeter is connected to Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham by the M5 motorway. The A30, A303 and M3 motorway offers an alternative, high-quality scenic route to Exeter from London and the South East. Exeter is less than three hours’ drive from London Heathrow airport.
More climate-change research is undertaken in Exeter than anywhere else in the world.
The Met Office’s high-performance computer complex houses a £97 million supercomputer – one of the most powerful computers in the world.
The Royal Devon & Exeter hospital is also at the forefront of clinical research at national and international level. The Exeter Hip Replacement, one of the most widely used and successful hip replacements in the world was developed by an Exeter-based surgeon.
Sport and activity
In December 2017, Sport England confirmed Exeter, together with the east Devon town of Cranbrook as one of twelve places selected to work on a ground-breaking new approach to tackle inactivity.
Exeter aims to become the most active city in England by 2021. It is currently home to a Premiership rugby union team and was a proud host city for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Science and technology
Exeter Science Park was created as one of the south west of England’s leading knowledge-based economic centres. It is home to a high concentration of businesses specialising in the STEMM sector.
This student city is well-known for the University of Exeter, a leader in cutting-edge science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine research, and has a world-class reputation in the humanities and social sciences.
Where to stay
Exeter has a great choice of accommodation, with 3,422 bedrooms to suit all needs and budgets.
|4* hotels||580 bedrooms|
|3* and under properties||1,522 bedrooms|
|Other (student accommodation / home sharing)||1,320 bedrooms|
Home to one of the top universities in the country, large purpose-built facilities and premiership sporting stadia, Exeter has it all.
Exeter’s location, bordering Dartmoor National Park, means there is plenty of opportunity for indulgence, relaxation or adventure. Whether you are rewarding employees, or treating top clients, Exeter is a brilliant choice.