The Exeter Ship Canal, first opened in 1566, once brought large sea going vessels right into the heart of the city. However, the coming of the railway in 1844 badly dented this trade, and the post-war switch to road transport finally killed it.
The Quay is now an attractive riverside area with cafés, pubs and a nightclub.
There is a pleasant walk down one side of the river, across the Trews Weir Suspension ridge. and back along the other.