Trains from London's Paddington Station depart every hour during the day. The trip takes 2 1/2 hours. For rail information, call tel. 0845/7000125 or visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk. Trains also run every 20 minutes during the day between Exeter and Plymouth; the trip takes 1 hour. Trains often arrive at Exeter St. David's Station at St. David's Hill.
A National Express coach departs from London's Victoria Coach Station every 2 hours during the day; the trip takes 4 1/2 hours. You can also take Stagecoach bus no. X38 or 39 between Plymouth and Exeter. During the day, two coaches depart per hour for the 1-hour trip. For information and schedules, call tel. 0871/781-81-81 or visit www.nationalexpress.com.
If you're driving from London, take the M4 west, cutting south to Exeter on the M5 (junction near Bristol).
The Tourist Information Centre is at the Civic Centre, Paris Street (tel. 01392/665700). It's open from September to June Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, and in July and August Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
A classical-music lover's dream, the Exeter Festival, usually held the first 2 weeks in July, includes more than 150 events, ranging from concerts and opera to lectures. Festival dates and offerings vary from year to year, and more information is available by contacting the Exeter Festival Office at the Civic Center (tel. 01392/277888; www.exeter.gov.uk/festival).
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