Green spaces

Exeter is a refreshingly green and beautiful city; just perfect when you want a break from the buzz of city life.

It boasts more than a dozen parks, heaps of playing fields and five picturesque valley parks which are scattered around the city. A great way to explore them is via the Exeter Green Circle, a 12 mile stretch which runs around the city linking many of the green spaces together.

The University’s Streatham Campus itself is one of the most attractive green spaces in the city. Built around a country estate with stunning views across the city to the sea at Exmouth, it is readily acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the country, and its lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens make it a very special and enjoyable place. 

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Exeter’s city parks and gardens are a great way to relax and enjoy a moment of calm in the city centre. Some even enable you to take in some historical culture alongside the beautiful scenery, such as the ever popular Cathedral Green.

Adjacent to Exeter Castle in the city centre lie Rougemont Gardens, an ornamental open space steeped in history, incorporating the Roman city wall. Likewise, Northernhay Gardens, located close by, is an English Heritage Grade II listed open space, dating back to 1612. It boasts views over large parts of the city, historic statues and monuments, and plays host to a number of events throughout the year. Eleswhere the likes of Bull Meadow, Belmont Park, and Bury Meadow all give the chance for relaxation and recreation only moments from the city centre.

If you're seeking a bit of peace and quiet, or a nice spot to enjoy an al fresco lunch, there are plenty of places to choose from.

Exeter’s Valley Parks are exceptional places to spend some time getting back to nature. Dispersed all around the city, they are easily accessible and offer a variety of leisurely walks, picturesque views and scenery, and places to relax.

The largest, Riverside Valley Park, is an easy 15 minute walk from the city centre and covers several miles. It offers some beautiful circular walks and longer walks to the Exe estuary and the coast. Others cover farmland, meadows, orchards, and woodland, and house an array of wildlife which can be enjoyed whilst taking in the views of the city and surrounding areas.

The city’s playing fields play host a wide range of activities and sports facilities. They include full-sized football pitches, basketball courts, cricket wickets, rugby pitches, baseball diamonds, BMX dirt jumps, half pipe skate ramps, cycle training pads, and play areas. Free tennis courts are also available for use within some of the playing fields. Many also include changing room facilities and toilets and are well connected to local cycle paths.