A city full of heritage and culture, Exeter has a wealth of attractions to suit all tastes, from its stunning Gothic Cathedral to its beautiful and historic Quayside. Whether you are interested in shopping, sightseeing or simply relaxing, Exeter has plenty to offer.
Explore Exeter’s colourful past and hidden secrets with the Red Coat Guided Tours. These free 90 minute tours run daily throughout the year and are guaranteed to enthuse and excite whatever your age! Discover the city’s turbulent past with the Ghosts and Legends or Murder and Mayhem evening tours. You can learn more about Exeter’s history at the Quay House Visitor Centre, a 17th century building displaying lively illustrations, artefacts, and 2000 years of history described in just 15 minutes through an exciting audio-visual presentation.
Exeter Cathedral is an imposing structure of beauty and antiquity in the heart of the city with its stunning architecture inside and out. In the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral Close, you will find historic pubs and restaurants serving delicious local food and drink, or for an excellent mix of restaurants serving cuisine to suit all tastes, head for Exeter’s side streets such as the cobbled Gandy Street, or the European piazza style Bedford Square. With food halls serving the best and freshest of seasonal local produce and weekly farmers markets, you will be spoilt for choice in Exeter.
With all the best bits within easy access, a good choice of accommodation to suit all needs, and great local food and drink, you are sure to have an enjoyable visit to Exeter.
Exeter’s Underground Passages
Exeter's Underground Passages re-opened in September 2007 with a brand new visitor centre packed with interactive exhibits and improved interpretation.
A guided tour of Exeter's Underground Passages is a memorable event - narrow, dark, interesting and exciting. These are the only passages of this kind open to the public in Britain.
2 Paris Street
Tel: 01392 665887
Opening: June – September & School Holidays Monday – Saturday
9.30am – 5.30pm (last tour 4.30pm); Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm (last
October – May Tuesday – Friday 11.30am – 5.30pm (last tour 4.30pm); Sunday 11.30am – 4pm (last tour 3pm).
Please allow approximately 1 hour 30 minutes for your visit, which includes a 10 minute film presentation, a 25 minute tour of the Passages and an opportunity to explore the new exhibition.
Quay House Visitor Centre
The Quay House building was used to store cloth and other goods before they were loaded and transported down the canal. It also had an overhanging roof, which enabled cargos to load and unload out of the rain.
Today the history and development of Exeter's Quayside is brought to life with lively displays, illustrations and artefacts. There is also the opportunity to see "Exeter - 2,000 years of history," an exciting audio-visual presentation highlighting Exeter's history from Roman times to the present day.
The Quay House Visitor Centre also provides tourist information, Quayside treasure hunts, an accommodation booking service and a gift shop selling local pottery, replica maps and a wide range of local interest books.
46 The Quay
Tel: 01392 271611
Opening: April – October Daily 10am – 5pm; November – March
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Exeter’s Red Coat Guided Tours
These free guided walking tours are the perfect way to explore Exeter. No booking is required, simply choose a tour, meet your Red Coat Guide and spend 90 minutes discovering one of the oldest cities in England.
Tours begin outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Yard, or from the Quay House Visitor Centre.
Opening: Operating every day throughout the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Tel: 01392 265203
Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets
Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets provides a wide range of services
to help make your stay in the area as enjoyable as possible.
Exeter Visitor Information stocks a wide variety of information on places to visit, activities and events in the local area and the rest of the region, as well as information on transport and other local facilities. Exeter Tickets sell tickets for local theatre productions and a wide range of special events in the city.
Help can be offered with:
§ Accommodation bookings
§ Brochures and leaflets
§ Bus and train times
§ National Express tickets
§ Tickets to various attractions and theatre productions
§ Day trips from Exeter
§ Events information
§ A wide range of maps, local books and souvenirs
Tel: 01392 665700
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sundays in July & August 10am – 4pm; Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm. Reduced opening Christmas & New Year.
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