There you are, visiting Exeter, arguably the capital of Devon, and its raining – not just raining, but really wet. If its just you and possibly other adults, I’d suggest hanging out in one of the pubs in town. If you’ve got small children with you, then its a different matter.
Heres the Dads Sofa list of where to go in Exeter, when its raining.
The Twisted Oak pub, can be found in Ide, just by Exeter. The Twisted Oak is a combination of a pub, restaurant, tuck shop, and a indoor play area. We have a lot more about this playful pub here.
Café Connect at Riverside Church
Spacious cafe with nice food, good tea, and a box of toys. There is also good disabled access if needed. It found by the river, between the city centre, and St Thomas.
The Welcome Inn
Wonder down the quay – keep to the right hand side, and you’ll come across The Welcome Inn. Serving tea, cake, and a very warm welcome. It looks like The Welcome Inn will be closing soon, so make sure you can check it out when you can! (EDIT – Have received the below tweet 🙂 )
The Welcome Inn has since opened under new management, but is just as welcoming as before
— James A (@ExeterDormouse) July 30, 2017
Because who doesn’t love a Toy Shop? That has lego and train play tables? It has loads of Legos, and this guy…
Work out the route from the City Centre down to the river, and you’ll find it.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Exeter’s, Royal Albert Memorial Museum is found in the town centre, minutes away from the High Street. There are many things to do, walk through / around, eat, and look at.
Its not open on Mondays or Banks Holidays, but feels like its open the rest of the time. Its free entry, and a great rainy day activity.
Just don’t bring in helium balloons. The staff get nervous.
The Cathedral in Exeter is quite simply gorgeous. While adults are charged, children can visit the cathedral for free, and use one of the “Explorer Backpacks” to explore the cathedral for themselves*! You can also help build a Lego Exeter Cathedral.
If you live within EX1 – 4 areas of Exeter / Devon, ask about their Resident Cards for free access. (Just remember to donate!) Theres also loads of events on, check out their website for more information.
If you’re feeling brave, you could let yourself be dragged to one of the Soft Play centres in or near Exeter. You could try…
Waie Inn (If you can get out there – give this a go!)
That’s a few ideas.
Are there any rainy day places to go in Exeter, that I’ve missed out, and should be included?
*Parental supervision is probably expected.