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Friday, September 26, 2008

Mol's Coffee House Exeter

Mol's Coffee House in Exeter in Cathedral Close originally dates from the early 16th century, and was supposedly a meeting place for the Elizabethan adventurers, Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh, though this may just be fabrication.

Exeter 1596

Mol's was originally built by Exeter Cathedral as a lodging for its priests. After the Reformation the priests were turfed out and the building was used as a Customs House. Later the building became a shop and in the early 18th century a coffee house. Since then the building has been used as a gallery, a jewellers and a stationers. It is now a boutique gift shop - The Collection.

1 Cathedral Close
City Centre, Exeter, EX1 1EZ

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay opened in 1963 and has been a highlight of many a child's trip to the south west.

Babbacombe Model Village

There's a miniature railway station, football stadium, landscaped gardens, Merrivale Castle & Medieval Village and even Stonehenge. There will be a model Olympic stadium too in time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Babbacombe Model Village

Other attractions include the new 4D theatre and of course the exhibits are illuminated after dusk.

Babbacombe Model Village
Hampton Avenue
Devon TQ1 3LA
Tel: 01803 315315

Hours: Vary throughout the year with later opening times in summer.
Admission: Presently £7.90 for an adult with special prices for 2 adults and 2 children £24.90.
Access: From Torquay sea front catch #12 bus to Torquay harbour and then the #32/33 service to St. Marychurch bus stop.

Babbacombe Model Village

Images © David Beech

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Exeter Weather BBC RSS Feed

See a 3-day forecast for the weather in Exeter including temperatures, rainfall, wind speed, visibility, pollution, sunrise, sunset and relative humidity.

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Southgate Hotel Exeter

The Southgate Hotel, near to Exeter Cathedral, is operated by Mercure and is rated a 4-star hotel with 110 ensuite rooms. The hotel has a bar, gym, an indoor pool, a good restaurant, sauna, solarium, a whirlpool spa, in-room WiFi and free parking.

Southgate Hotel, Exeter, Devon

The Southgate Hotel
Southernhay East
Exeter, EX1 1QF
Tel: 0870 400 8333

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Exeter Cathedral Close

The streets around Exeter Cathedral are the prettiest in the town. Cathedral Close has many fine old buildings around the green in front of the Norman-period church.

Exeter Cathedral Close, Devon

The Royal Clarence Hotel, the Bishop of Crediton's house, Mol's Coffee House, which dates from 1598, and was supposedly a haunt of Raleigh and Drake, and a number of other period piece buildings, which now house cafes and restaurants, make up the pleasant area.

Exeter Cathedral Close, Devon

Picnic on the lawn or try a pleasant pint in the nearby Ship Inn.

Exeter Cathedral Close

Exeter Cathedral

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Express & Echo

Express & EchoThe Express & Echo is Exeter's and its surrounding area's local newspaper.

The Express & Echo provides local news, business news and sports news as well as updates on local markets, classifieds, what's on, Exeter City FC news plus weather updates.

The Express and Echo's RSS feeds are here if you wish to subscribe online.

Devon Map

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway runs from Paignton along the Torbay coast to Churston and on through the Dart Estuary to Kingswear.

As rural railway routes faced closure in the 1960s and 1970s, the Dart Valley Railway company, made up of rail enthusiasts and concerned individuals, acquired the track and began running services in 1973.

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

At present a day return on the route between Paignton to Kingswear is £8.00.

The original line was built between 1857 and 1864 and affords fine views of the sea and the wooded Dart Valley.

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
Dart Valley Railway plc
Queens Park Station
Torbay Road
Tel: 01803 555872
Fax: 01803 664313

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