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Underground Passages

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Address: 2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
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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 tour

A tour was £6 per adult which was reasonable, you are shown a film at the start of the tour explaining why the passages were built and who by, and their history. Then you don a... read more

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

A tour was £6 per adult which was reasonable, you are shown a film at the start of the tour explaining why the passages were built and who by, and their history. Then you don a hard hat and venture in to the tunnels. The tunnels are low and for the first part you are bending over slightly but there... More 

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really had agreat time here a last minute booking and we were not expecting much as to be honest the web site is not that inspiring. However we were very pleasantly surprised. A really interesting visit with an amazing tour guide GIna who really brought history alive for the kids and big kids ! Well worth a visit our... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Definitely recommend a visit here! Not for large groups or those who are claustrophobic, the underground passages are an amazing piece of engineering. I'm not even into engineering but I liked the history of the passages and how all time periods of habitation can be seen! Even had a wee one with us and he enjoyed it just as much... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant living history trip, suitable for all ages. Very unusual thing to do. One very small tunnel but optional to go through, a couple of children did it, the rest of us walked past. Not dark, but you wear hard hats as floor walls and roof uneven.

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Bristol, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's interesting to hear about the history of the city and what the tunnels were made for. The actual tour in the tunnels doesn't go that far and when in the tunnels you don't really find out that much or see that much. Worth doing, but don't expect much.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't know about these tunnels until my visit to Exeter, but very interesting & informative staff made this a well worth trip.

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Rutland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went down these medieval passages which were built to bring water into the city. I think they said the only ones in UK. We are seniors and it cost £5 each. On entering they ask to put bags in lockers as the passages are narrow and it would scuff bags - they are narrow and in some places you... More 

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Thank Kathmandutime
Fort William, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really good tour of tbe underground passages in Exeter. The interpretive display was very informative and the guide we had down below was excellent and knowledgeable. Advisable to book before going

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Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience that we chanced upon and well worth the visit. Very interesting and informative. It only takes about 40 minutes but be prepared for small spaces and to get muddy if you go down the low route......

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit , good value for money , although the guide did seem to rush on ahead quickly and left some more less active visitors behind .

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