This is THE place to visit whilst in Exeter. The Cathedral can trace its heritage back to the mid eleventh century and was completed in its current guise by around the start of the fifteenth century. Eary parts of the building survive from Norman times, such as the two towers and the lower part of the Nave walls. The Cathedral houses a very early astronomical clock and the earliest known wooden representation of an elephant in the UK in the form of a misericord - a small wooden structure on the underside of a church seat to offer support whilst standing.
The cathedral city of Exeter, on the river Exe, is the county town of Devon. The town's history goes back to the Roman period and its most famous landmark is the Gothic cathedral which dominates the view. The town is a vibrant place place to visit, with many bars, restaurants and places of interest. The Quayside is a popular place to visit, with its small shops and walks along the river.
Address: Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter, Devon EX1 1HS
Telephone (Visitor Services, Guided Tours & Group Bookings): 01392 285983
Email: Use email form on website.
Website: Exeter Cathedral
Admission times: Mon to Sat 9.00am - 5.00pm, Sun 11.30am - 4.00pm.
Admission charge: Adults: £7.50, Seniors and Students: £6.00, Children under 18 (within a family group): FREE, Exeter residents (postcodes EX1-EX4): FREE with Residents Card. UK taxpayers who choose to Gift Aid their admission receive a 12-month pass at no extra charge, meaning you can come back as often as you like. There is no charge for worship or pray.
Gift shop: Yes
Dogs: Only assistance dogs are permitted inside the Cathedral.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Billed as a world-class museum, Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), provides inspired exhibitions, captivating displays and galleries, and modern ammenities. At the museum, Devon and Exeter's rich history and global connections are explored. Here you can marvel at exotic and colourful birds, animals and insects, immerse yourself in contemporay art and travel the planet in the World Cultures galleries. There's so much to see and do with over 8,000 fascinating objects on display in the galleries. There's a Lego brick history of Exeter, a gift shop and cafe, trails to follow on your phone, and even a Minecraft simulation of what life was like in Roman, Tudor and 18th century Exeter.
Address: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3RX
Telephone: 01392 265960
Email: Send email
Admission times: Tue to Sun: 10.00am - 5.00pm, Mon: Closed, Bank holidays: Closed.
Admission charge: Free
Parking: The Guildhall Shopping Centre and Mary Arches car parks are nearby. Please note Queen Street is now one-way. Exeter’s Park and Ride bus services stop in Paris Street or South Street. There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders at the Garden Entrance. These spaces can only be used by permit holders. Please call 01392 265960 during opening hours to book your free temporary permit.
Accessibity: Download accessible pdf
Gift shop: Yes
Picturesque area on the River Exe with shops, antique centre and bars. Water ativiities are available and events held throughout the year. A thriving part of Exeter with tranquil walks and lots of water fowl to spot. See if you can catch a glimpse of a great egret—it's like a heron but white.
Address: Haven Banks - The Quay, Exeter, Devon EX2 8GY
Website: Exeter Quayside
Exeter's Underground Passages
Exeter's Underground Passages were built in the medieval period to channel clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city and Exeter is the only city in the UK to have underground passages of this type. Tours have taken place here since the 1930s and include a 10 minute film presentation, a 25 minute tour underground and an opportunity to explore the exhibition. Prior to being taken below ground, visitors will experience the 'interpretation centre', which is packed full of interactive displays, models and artefacts from the Princesshay archaeological dig.
Address: 2 Paris Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1GA. The entrance to Exeter's Underground Passages is on Paris Street within the Princesshay Quarter.
Telephone: 01392 665887
Email: Send email
Website: Exeter Underground Passages
Admission times: Thursday – Sunday: 11:00am to 4:00pm (First tour is at 11.30am and the last at 3.00pm). Closed 25 & 26 December.
Admission charge: Adult £7.50, Concession (students & over 60’s) £6.00, Child £5.00, Family (up to 2 adults and up to 3 children) £22.00. Group discounts are available (require booking at least 14 days in advance plus £25.00 deposit) - see website or telephone for details. Please note under 5’s are not allowed on the tour.
Directions to Exeter from A396: Keep travelling south on the A396 Exeter Road to reach your final destination. It's about 14 miles from Tiverton and just 10 miles from Bickleigh.
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