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Underground Passages

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Address: 2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
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+44 1392 665887
09:30 - 17:30
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Sun 10:30 - 16:00
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Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street...

Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain. The Passages have long exercised a fascination over local people, with stories of wars and sieges, plague and pestilence! Their purpose was simple: to bring clean drinking water from natural springs in fields lying outside the walled city, through lead pipes into the heart of the city. The pipes sometimes sprang leaks and repairs to buried pipes could only be carried out by digging them up as we do today. To avoid this disruption the passages were vaulted and it is down some of these vaulted passageways that visitors are guided.The Passages are dark and narrow with a fascinating history. Visitors can experience interactive and educational exhibits in the Underground Passages Heritage Centre and watch a short video presentation before their guided tour.

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Very interesting but can be a little clostraphobic

Great place to visit and very interesting, can be a little tight in some area's but all in all good for a couple of hours. Exciting for children to walk through the tunnels. Its... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A good slice of Exeter history for £6. You can book your tour ahead on the phone apparently - may be a good idea. We arrived at 11.30am on Sunday for the 12 tour and only two spaces left!. You can spend up to 20min reading the history in the museum room before taking the tour which I thought was... More 

Thank gaildevonshirelass
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing, we've lived in Devon for 34 years and heard much about Exeters Underground Passages but never had time to explore properly. It was a birthday outing for my 9 year old granddaughter that I was invited to, so along with her auntie, our younger daughter, I met up with the birthday girl and her pals at the passage reception... More 

Thank robfurlong
Redruth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A really fascinating hour spent on a cold Saturday afternoon in January. It does not matter what the weather is outside, the passageways are a constant 14 degrees celcius. The male guide was informative and entertaining. All for £6 each. A real bargain. Tight in one place but there is an alternative route if you are claustrophobic. Highly recommended.

Thank Brian M
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to visit and very interesting, can be a little tight in some area's but all in all good for a couple of hours. Exciting for children to walk through the tunnels. Its a pity you are not allowed on your own as a hide and seek adventure.

Thank happybigfamily2016
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the tour and the guide was fab and entertaining. There were moments though when I felt slightly claustrophobic. If you are over 6 feet, I would not reommend this :)

Thank sanapel
Brixham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have not visited this gem of a trip back in time to medieval times underneath Exeter you will not be disappointed! Thank you to our guide whom was so patient and informative it really was an education of an era of past here in medieval Exeter. We would 100% recommend this worthwhile attraction. Thanks again, Andy 'n' Nicky.

Thank Andrew W
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A small museum with some interactive pieces leads you into the guided tour. A short video charting the history of the passages then you don a hard hat and follow your guide into the narrow passages. Our guide was clear about the history and where under the streets of Exeter we were walking. The passages are narrow and in places... More 

Thank Welshlearner
South Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

What an odd and fascinating place! The tunnels start out comfortably low. The return trip can, if you wish, take you along the even lower part - which involves kneeling. So don't wear the best trousers. If you can even spell claustrophobia, of course this might not be the best place for you. But if you're interested and don't mind,... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I was interested in the positive review of the Gory Stories as I found it dreadful. The information mentioned "unlit areas". It was in fact pitch dark and we were groping our way along the wall inch by inch, unable to see what was underfoot, nor what was in front, with people bumping into us from behind and our hard... More 

Thank starrynight19
Management response:

We're sorry that you didn't enjoy your experience of an "Extreme Gory Stories" tour. These special tours take place every Halloween and it is one of our most popular events. It is carefully marketed as being suitable only for certain ages, and we ensure that we inform people that the lights are turned off, the passages are tranformed into a... More 

Clyst St Mary, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Booked up a visit fir me and my son and it was very good, very interesting to learn all about the underground passages and to walk along them and kniw we were under the Exeter high start. My son loved it and it was good value I thought, great time had here.

Thank nicky w

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