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Underground Passages

2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
01392 665887
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Ranked #12 of 37 Attractions in Exeter
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We visited this attraction in August 2014. The website recommends booking but we found that this was not necessary. We turned up early and booked our slot. This left us with about an hour and a half to kill so wee had a look around the guildhall. We spent a little time looking at the small but very well presented... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

a short visit at a reasonable price, a fascinating attraction. well worth a visit all year round for all but the very young. very central to the city

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I visited the Underground Passages on 29th September in Exeter. It's a amazing and interesting trip for me. First of all, there was a guide help us understand the history by video. Furthermore we followed the guide to take adventure in the narrow underground passage with a helmet on everybody's head. When walking in the passages, we all felt it... More

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Milton Keynes, UK
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17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Saw the underground passages on trip advisor and visited. A small museum sets the scene, and you are taken into a room to see the video. All bags have to be looked away and a hard hat is given. The passages are quite narrow, and at one point you have to crawl a little, which I think should have been... More

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Braunton, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A reasonably priced and interesting way for the non claustrophobic members of the family to pass an hour or so in the city centre. Those with a fear of small spaces can still enjoy all the interesting information and the interactive displays and not forgetting the film in the small museum it's free! We would recommend you book your slot... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We have lived in the area for over 20 years and knew of the passages existence but never bothered to visit until now. It was great, very informative, the guides knew their stuff and made it interesting. Good morning out.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Run by the city authority, this attraction is very interesting for a short visit (~1 hour) The subject is well presented with a small museum before you visit the tunnels. The tunnels were built to house an underground water supply and require some bending and ducking - as a 65 year old, 6 feet+ tall and with a metal knee,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Not really anything to add to what other people have already said. It is a unique attraction and interesting and informative. Well worth visiting. Don't wear your best clothes (like we did) but even then we managed to avoid leaning/scraping against the walls. For most of it you can walk with a bit of stooping at times depending on your... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My son (6 years old) loves the underground passages and we have been about five times now. We use the 10% discount in the primary times but it is only about £5 per person. You can go into the museum bit for free. The museum is great and is very interactive, there are pumps and smelly and feely boxes. There... More

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A 45 minute excursion through subterranean tunnels (well, they would be, wouldn't they) from medieval times. We were given a short interesting film regarding the history of the tunnels, put on hard hats, and embarked on the tour, stooping at times in the narrow tunnels, pausing for the interesting commentary, standing under John Lewis and various other well-known sites. Unless... More

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