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The City The guide was updated:Frequently voted one of the best British cities to live in, Exeter certainly breathes an atmosphere of sophistication, culture and charm with this very old city kept young at heart by the large student population attending the University of Exeter. Exeter's history and prosperity began with the arrival of the Romans, whose most obvious legacy is the almost completely intact red stone defensive wall that surrounds the city centre. Today, the manageable city and compact central district showcases centuries of different architectural styles with much of its well preserved medieval layout, offering tantalising opportunities to amble among narrow cobbled streets and discover tucked-away unique independent shops, bars and cafés. Located in the heart of the city and enclosed on two sides by some fine buildings, Exeter’s Cathedral Church of St Peter dominates the skyline and its surrounding lawns, while terraced cafés and upmarket shops make for a popular meeting point on fine sunny days. A 10 minute walk south beyond the ancient city walls leads to the Historic Quayside on the banks of the River Exe. Once an important trading port, this is now a fascinating waterfront attraction featuring all manner of places to eat, drink and shop all housed within the former historic port buildings along the Quayside.