Even though Exeter was heavily bombed during World War II and much of what was damaged or destroyed was removed to make way for modern structures, its Celtic origins, as well as its days as a Roman outpost and later a Norman stronghold, are much in evidence. The expansion of the wool trade during the Tudor period allowed the city to flourish, as did its proximity to the ocean, fostering trade and a sea-faring tradition still in evidence in the restored Quay area (see the Custom House built in 1681) along the River Exe.
Here are some useful links to help you get acquainted with Exeter, Devon, and the West Country:
Exeter City Council and Tourism Page. This site is helpful to give you a meaningful introduction to the city of Exeter, its history and what there is to do.
Devon Homepage. This site provides useful information about Exeter and the surrounding county Devon, especially the various historical and picturesque towns throughout Devon.
Exeter Online Page This site provides a guide to local events and news in the Exeter and surrounding area.