Located approximately 200 miles to the southwest of London, the ancient city of Exeter is steeped in British history. The Romans established a legionary fortress during the 1st century AD and later produced a thriving town. From about 1300 to about 1800, Exeter’s wealth expanded by finishing and exporting woolen cloth all over Europe and into the Middle East.
During World War II, Exeter was bombed and portions of the city center destroyed. Parts of the 1950’s re-building remain and have been re-developed in recent years. Today, the city is blend of ancient and modern architecture, from the church of St. Martin’s consecrated in 1065 to the restaurant quarter opening in 2016.
Resting on the banks of the River Thames, London is one of the most prominent and historic cities in the world. As such, London has much to offer as you finish the program in this sprawling, culturally diverse global capital of more than nine million inhabitants.
More than 300 languages are spoken in the Greater London area and the city provides ample opportunities to become immersed in arts, music, fashion and entertainment. London is also regarded as the education capital of Europe — the city’s 43 universities give it the heaviest concentration of institutions of higher learning in the European Union.
While Christianity is the predominant religion in London — nearly half of Londoners call themselves Christians — a broad range of religious affiliations can be found in the city. These include Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Well-known London churches include St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Martins-in-the-Fields Cathedral. Westminster Cathedral is the largest Roman Catholic house of worship in England and Wales. Regent’s Park Mosque is the principal mosque of London and the spiritual focal point for Muslims throughout the UK.
The long list of London tourist destinations is highlighted by notable attractions such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the British Museum and the National Gallery. More than 27 million tourists flock to London each year, making it the EU’s most frequently visited city.