Exeter (/ˈɛksɪtər/ (listen)) is a city in Devon, England, on the River Exe 36 miles (58 km) northeast of Plymouth and 65 miles (105 km) southwest of Bristol. It is the county town of Devon, and house to Devon County Council and the University of Exeter.
In Roman Britain, Exeter was customary as the base of Legio II Augusta under the personal command of Vespasian. Exeter became a religious middle in the Middle Ages. Exeter Cathedral, founded in the mid 11th century, became Anglican in the 16th-century English Reformation. In the late 19th century, Exeter became an affluent centre for the wool trade, although by the First World War the city was in decline. After the Second World War, much of the city centre was rebuilt and is now a centre for event and tourism in Devon and Cornwall.
The administrative area of Exeter has the status of a non-metropolitan district below the administration of the County Council; a try to succeed to the city unitary authority status was scrapped by the 2010 coalition government.