The UK has a number of huge Christmas markets and festive events around the country. In some cases they are so large the crowds can be overwhelming. If you would prefer a quieter winter break that is still festive, then Exeter is a great choice. It is quiet, family-focused and there is an emphasis on local producers. In this guide, we recommend a number of excellent value for money hotels near Exeter Christmas Market that are within walking distance to all the main sights, eateries and shopping areas.
Hotels near Exeter Christmas Market
Exeter Christmas Market is held on Cathedral Green, in front of Exeter Cathedral and just off the High Street. Of course, this is the most central area within Exeter and it’s the location of many local events and festivals. When looking for a hotel near Cathedral Green, anywhere between the cathedral and Exeter Central train station would be suitable and you’ll also find a number of good hotels and apartments around the Fore Street area.
Top PickCity Gate
Address: Iron Bridge, North Street, Exeter, United Kingdom
The most stylish boutique hotel in Exeter is City Gate. The location is not far from the Guildhall Shopping Centre and it’s less than 5 minutes from the Christmas markets. The rooms have a cosy feel with large beds and dark colours in grey, green and yellow. The hotel is known for its excellent breakfast, facilities and complimentary snacks. There is a traditional pub within the building, ideal if you want to pop down from your room to enjoy a pub meal.Check Availability
Southernhay House Hotel
Address: 36 Southernhay East, Exeter
Just behind Exeter Cathedral is Southernhay House. This lovely historic hotel is in a Grade II listed Georgian building with traditionally decorated rooms. Their popular full English breakfast is available from the on-site restaurant.
Holiday Inn Express
Address: Tudor Street, Exeter
Chain hotels might not be for everyone but the Holiday Inn is one of the best budget hotels in Exeter. The location is down past Fore Street by the River Exe. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Christmas markets but the rooms are simple, clean and comfortable. As part of its sustainability measures, the hotel invests a percentage of its revenue into community projects.
Smythen St Apartment
Address: 2 Smythen Street, Exeter, UK
If you are looking to stay somewhere with a little more space and privacy, Smythen St is one of the best value apartments in Exeter. This 2-bed apartment sleeps up to 6 guests so it’s ideal for groups and families. The apartment is very well located near a number of excellent bars and restaurants and is only 5 minutes to Cathedral Green.
Mill on the Exe
Address: Bonhay Road, Exeter
Located next to the River Exe, this 200-year old converted mill house offers some rooms with river views. The rooms at Mill on the Exe have large, comfy beds in modern, cosy rooms and come with complimentary tea and coffee facilities that include a Nespresso coffee machine. The hotel might be too far from the Christmas markets for some, but this is a lovely location with plenty of open green space.
For more information on visiting Exeter at Christmas, read our complete guide to Exeter Christmas Market that includes dates, times and locations.
If you’re planning on continuing your travels in the UK, we suggest reading our list of the best Christmas Markets UK for ideas and inspiration on where to go.
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