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“Amazing guided tours!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
Civic Centre Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1JJ, England
01392 265203
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Ranked #3 of 37 Activities in Exeter
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Owner description: These FREE guided walking tours are the perfect way to explore Exeter. Operating daily throughout the year, there is a wide range of tours to choose from. No booking is required, simply choose a tour, meet your Red Coat Guide and discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England. Tours meet outside ABode Exeter (Royal Clarence Hotel), Cathedral Yard. Quayside based tours depart from outside the Quay House Visitor Centre. Tours last approximately 90 minutes unless otherwise stated.
London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Amazing guided tours!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

These free tours, organized by the City Council, are a great way to know more about Exeter. The guides will guide you through the city and tell it's history in a very fascinating way. I move to Exeter recently and this was a great oportunity to know more about the city. I did two tours and can't wait to do them all!

Visited March 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Fascinating Walking Tour of Exeter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Exeter is one of my favorite cathedral cities in England. Visiting its cathedral this past December was yet again a high point while in Exeter, but going on a Red Coat Guided Walking Tour for the first time brought the city to life as never before. Free of charge and sponsored by the Exeter City Council, these daily walking tours concentrate on different noteworthy themes, such as medieval Exeter, the cathedral close and bishop’s palace garden, the historic quayside, ghosts and legends, and an introduction to Exeter. We went on the introductory tour, and although it was a chilly winter day and my wife and I were the only two on the tour, the Red Coat tour guide, Jill, cheerfully greeted us at the appointed time, 2 p.m., at the edge of the cathedral close and was perfectly willing to proceed with the tour despite the meager turnout. The introductory tour normally lasts one hour, but ours lasted an hour and a half. We had a marvelous time with Jill who was a well of information. She gladly and spiritedly answered our many questions and clearly gave it her all. Our walk started at the cathedral and proceeded down a lane adjacent to it, under an historic iron bridge, next to some centuries-old buildings, along part of the ancient city walls, and other key locations that reflected Roman, medieval, Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian eras. Jill graciously plied us with a constant stream of fascinating details as we walked. Towards the end of the tour, we ended up in front of the gatehouse remains of the 11th-century Rougemont Castle and passed the moat-like depression flanking the site of where the castle used to be before looping back around to the cathedral close. The overlay of present-day Exeter never really stood in the way of our focus on historic Exeter; preserved features Jill expertly pointed out were a keyhole illuminating the past. We bid farewell to our guide with a deeper appreciation of this ancient city. Many thanks to her and to the Exeter City Council for sponsoring these Red Coat Guided Tours. When in Exeter, drop by the Tourist Information Center to find out more.

Visited December 2012
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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“A very enjoyable walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Our guide, John, was very knowledgeable (yes you would expect this) and all questions were answered honestly and accurately. Very interesting to see parts of the city that you otherwise wouldn't bother with, and little imparts of humour certainly made this a very enjoyable hour and a half. Even the damp weather couldn't spoil it. Would have gone on more of these had time permitted.

Visited January 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“a good find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I was visiting Exeter unexpectedly and visited many attractions in the City including the Cathedral. The one that sticks in my mind the most is the guided tour by foot. One can see the City better by getting to know the history and the guides were well versed in all of it's history. The Guildhall is another building to see, which was covered anyway during the tour. It is a lovely building to look at and one must see the museum and the whole area of Exeter to appreciate this lovely city.

Visited October 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Must join!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The 1st thing I look for when I just arrive in a new city and have very limited time to walk around is whether there is a walking tour organised there. And boy what a thrill it is when I can find a free-guided one provided by the city! Red coat walking tour offers different types at a different day and time, definitely makes me wish I stay there longer to be able to join at least 3 more types of their tour! A very easy to find, let alone beautiful, meeting point in front of the majestic cathedral. Thank you...thank you...thank you!

Visited September 2012
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