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Exeter is a lively university town offering an abundance of classical concerts and theater productions, as well as clubs and pubs.

An abundance of concerts, opera, dance, and film can be found year-round at the Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street (tel. 01392/667080; www.exeterphoenix.org.uk), and Exeter University's Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road (tel. 01392/493493; www.exeternorthcott.co.uk), which is also home to a professional theater company.

Well House Tavern, Cathedral Close (tel. 01392/223611; www.michaelcaines.com/taverns/exeter), is part of the Royal Clarence/ABode Exeter. It's housed in a building believed to have been constructed in the 14th century, though the Roman well in the basement predates that estimate. The tavern is said to be haunted -- though the ghost, who wears a flowing white dress and is affectionately called Alice, is said to be good-spirited when she appears. Join Alice and the other regulars for a pint or a light meal.

Featuring a great view of the canal, Double Locks, Canal Banks (tel. 01392/256947; www.doublelocks.co.uk), welcomes a varied crowd, largely students. It features live music (jazz, rock, and blues) with no cover charge, and you can get traditional pub grub to go with your pint.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.