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’s quiet and 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 of 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 is 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. My top pick is one of the best hotel options for Exeter.
Top PickCity Gate Hotel
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
Location of City Gate Hotel
Best Historic Hotel
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.
Budget Hotel in Exeter
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. The hotel invests a percentage of its revenue into community projects as part of its sustainability measures.
Best for Families
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 from 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 Mill on the Exe rooms have large, comfy beds in modern, cosy rooms and come with complimentary tea and coffee facilities, including 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.
Additionally, this list of the best Christmas markets 2023 UK edition has more ideas on where to go over the holidays.
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Recommendations are independently chosen based on personal travel experiences and extensive research. This post contains affiliate links to hotels in Exeter, UK. This means I get a small commission from any bookings at no extra cost to you.