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“A great little tour”

Underground Passages
Ranked #11 of 120 things to do in Exeter
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Owner description: 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.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“A great little tour”
Reviewed 15 February 2009

I went to visit the underground passages this weekend. I had to laugh as the man at the front desk couldn't believe we were not students!

Walking through to the tunnels we were greeted by rather interesting lights, mirrors and a heritage centre. Our tour started soon after and we entered a room to watch a short film. We then put on hard hats and started our walk down the tunnels. Our tour guide Peggy was very informative and stopped us every now and again to point out various aspects of the tunnels. We got to see different tunnels and before we know it our tour was over and we were out. I wanted to see more!

This is not for the claustrophobic at all, in places the tunnels were narrow and low.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“fab place in uk”
Reviewed 22 October 2007

i went to the underground passages in exeter after a recommendation from friendsThey are quite a fun place to visit but only on a guided tour as there are quite a few passages down there.at the start of the tour you you see a film show before being collected by your guide.They are not suitable for the claustrophobic as some of the tunnels are quite tight and low in places but you are given a hard hat to avoid banging your head.Halfway through the tour the guide chucks a rat at the tour party(dont worry not real).when you get into the city tunnels there is a tunnel ahead but it is too tight to get into and you will certainly get jammed but there is a loop tunnel which is so low you have to crawl on your hands and knees(throughly enjoyed that but found i was on my own)will return again one day.

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