Exeter is a well heeled and comfortable town which had a centuries old role as the spiritual and administrative heart of Devon. The city’s beautiful Gothic cathedral presides over charming cobblestone streets and fragments of a Roman city wall. The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul is framed by lawns that are favorites of visitors seeking the ideal picnic spot. The site has been a religious one since the 5th century but the Normans started the current building in 1114. Above the Great West Front is the largest collection of 14th century sculptures in England. Inside the ceiling is the longest unbroken Gothic vaulting in the world. Look out for the 15th century Exeter Clock as well as the Bishop’s Throne. Exeter offers a unique experience in that it is the only place in England where you can explore underground medieval vaulted passages. These passages were built to house pipes bringing fresh water into the city, and today the guided tours will entertain you with tales of ghosts, escape routes, and cholera. The Bill Douglas Center is a great place to explore film history and movie memorabilia.