Exeter Quay, also known as Exeter Quayside, is a part of the city of Exeter next to the River Exe and the Exeter Ship Canal. It was first used as a port in prehistoric times when a sandstone ledge was used to unload the ships of overseas traders. However, by 1381 the Countess Weir had blocked the river to shipping. In 1566 a canal was completed to provide access for ships. Over time the number of ships using the quayside increased and so the quay was expanded in the late 17th century. Further expansion occurred in 1830 when a new canal basin was dug. However, in 1840 the railways reached Exeter and the shipping began to decline. No longer used for shipping, the quayside is now mostly used for leisure.By using our Exeter online day trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Exeter Quay and other attractions in Exeter.
A manually operated cable ferry known as the Butts Ferry crosses the Exe at Exeter Quayside.
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Nothing very interesting here. Couple of shops, cafes and that's about it. Not worth the effort. Plenty more to see in Exeter more »
Needs to ban cyclists as they are a danger to the public Had a lovely walk ruined by cyclists who have no regard for the safety of the general public which is a shame as this is one of my favourite... more »
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