Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Step inside Exeter Cathedral and discover one thousand years of wonder. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of one of Europe’s most magnificent cathedrals and find endless opportunities to explore its amazing architecture, clandestine corners and hidden histories. Choose one of our entertaining guided tours, wander peacefully at your own pace, or join one of our family-friendly activities. You’ll find a vibrant calendar of world-class events, performances, exhibitions and inclusive services to suit all tastes. If you need to relax and recharge, we serve artisan refreshments too. But, for a truly unique experience, why not make a special appointment to see some of the rare and ancient treasures held in our Library & Archive?
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Rambler
    Devon, United Kingdom293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    We did the Cathedral Roof tour today and it was fantastic. I have done a couple of cathedral roof tours before, but they just took you up onto the roof. This tour takes you into the roof void high above the Nave, into the South Tower, the Lead Room and the Ringing Chamber and then through the spaces in the North Tower. We then went to the North Tower to enjoy views of Exeter. You need to be able to walk up a lot of steps on a narrow spiral staircase and be quite nimble to step over a few obstacles. Also at least one door was very narrow, so larger people may not fit through it. Obviously not for those with heart or breathing conditions or vertigo.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 27, 2023
  • Ruth...
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom873 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit.
    Beautiful Cathedral. Undergoing some building work to put in underground heating, you can actually view the work, think it's been carefully dug up. We were lucky to hear a Choir practice which was lovely. Cathedral so beautiful. The Stained Glass windows are beautiful.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Peter R
    Maroochydore, Australia2,377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to soak up history
    This cathedral was amazing as it had no spires. The roof was just an amazing part of the building. We got a really good history by one of the Cathedral volunteer ladies. The history was really interesting to hear about as well. There is a lot of work going on due to water problems, but you can see a lot of fabulous stain glass windows. Worth a visit
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Paul Behan
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional tales across history - all in one inspiring cathedral
    Mike gave us a chilled, personal tour of the cathedral. Being secular, the history and life of the buidling is entwined with Exter and the broader social history of England. Where else would you hear about the Bishop of Owl-dham, dog whippers, gruesome murders on a pulpit, Owls form Lviv coming to the rescue during the Blitz in WW2, Thomas a Beckett, misericords, the origins of hickory dickory Dock the mouse ran up the clock, and how to kill an elephant with steak and fine wine. Highly recommended.
    Hi Paul, thank you for your review. We're pleased you enjoyed your tour and hearing about some of the historic tales of the Cathedral and the city. We hope to welcome you again soon.
    Written July 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • AJMacD
    London, United Kingdom446 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    stunning
    There's a lot of history here. The craftmanship throughout is top class from the statues outside to the brass and stained glass windows inside. There was an art exhibition inside and the artist had some incredibly evocative pictures which was a bonus. I'd say it is the top site to visit.
    Hi AJ, thank you for your review. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and the current art exhibition. We hope to welcome you again soon.
    Written July 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Sheri W
    Castle Cary, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour of the Cathedral
    I did the 12.00 free tour today with Barbara, who stepped in at very short notice to cover for the scheduled guide who had failed to arrive. Barbara was a mine of interesting and useful information, delivered in an engaging manner. There didn’t seem to be any question that she couldn’t answer!! The tour was really worthwhile and provided an interesting perspective on the development of the Cathedral over the last millennia - very glad that I did it and appreciative of her efforts.
    Hi, thank you for your review. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and tour with Barbara. We hope to welcome you again soon.
    Written August 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Kathryn S
    Sheffield, United Kingdom503 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cathedral worth visiting
    A beautiful, attractive cathedral that is worth a visit if you are in Exeter. We were lucky enough to enter whilst it was still free although donations were welcome. The little refresher van was an added bonus allowing us to pause and reflect with a drink listening to the organ music. The cathedral was undergoing some major constructive work so felt a bit untidy walking round due to how things needed to be arranged to facilitate the work which is understandable, but would like to visit again to be able to gain an insight into the atmosphere when it is at its full potential. There were plenty of areas for reflection, or silent prayer should you wish.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • AMANDA S
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Cathedral experience
    Today -Fri 18th Aug- we had a fantastic tour with the lovely Peter as part of the admission price. Peter shared his knowledge, love and enthusiasm for the cathedral with us in the group. Fabulous experience and I am very grateful for Peter's insight.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Brian H
    England, United Kingdom54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cathedral
    Wonderful Norman Cathedral standing proud and centrally in the heart of Exeter. Longest vaulted ceiling reputedly in the world. Very good free guided tour ( by chance) on our visit by Peter.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Joseph V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Exeter
    Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express as we made last minute plans to go to Exeter. Well located and reasonably priced. The Cathedral is spectacular. Take the 45 minute guided tour to get the most out of it. We dined at Coté and it was very good. A little pricey but worth it. The only "pub" in the area of the Cathedral is The Turks Head. Lots of closed restaurants and pubs.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 20, 2023
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GarySkuse
Bristol, UK819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We booked a guided tour for Monday 25th for 2, cost on-line was £17. It turns out a free tour is always available. However we were happy to pay. The tour lasted about 75 minutes or so, and that was about right whilst wearing masks.

The tour was informative and covered the ground floor. The guide was very good.

A Christmas market was being set up outside, see photos. It's well worth a visit if you can.

I hope you find my review helpful!
Written November 3, 2021
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AlanSchofield
UK202 contributions
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May 2021 • Couples
This is a wonderful cathedral with Norman roots though mainly in the Gothic style with a fantastic roof. We enjoyed a great tour with guide Peter who was very knowledgeable about the history of this ancient place. A great city with the cathedral at its heart and the small entrance fee is well worth it to experience the sense of history of this beautiful building.
Written June 26, 2021
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BelfastTravellingGi
Belfast40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
We spent an hour or two at Exeter Cathedral, there was much more to see than I had expected. I would recommend buying the small guidebook unless you are taking a tour as otherwise you will miss a lot of the features. The famous ceiling is absolutely gorgeous, I was also intrigued by some of the 17th century graffiti on one of the effigies! The area around the cathedral is lovely too, we enjoyed exploring the ruins of the alms houses as well.
Written September 24, 2020
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Louswildlifegarden
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Have just been on a 'Secret Space' tour and it was fascinating half hour escape up a winding, stone staircase into a medieval apartment, hearing about the people that lived and worked there, secret symbols and much more. Graham was an excellent guide! The cathedral is a wonderful place to visit, especially at this time. Staff and volunteers are welcoming and helpful, and there are fascinating things to discover on each visit. Today we were admiring the owl carvings and a volunteer told us about the hedgehog carvings in the opposite Chapel. A lovely, peaceful way to forget your day to day worries.
Written September 24, 2020
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Enrohtwac
Yorkshire, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Excellent visit for the family (inc 2 teenagers).

I don’t mind the £15 entry fee for all four of us as the money is used to go towards the upkeep, currently £6k per day.

Free guided tour with Maggie, very informative and friendly.

Would go again, a lovely place full of fascinating history.

Written February 17, 2020
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Joe L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My friend and I walked up to two gentlemen by the cathedral and we asked if there was, perhaps, any chance that we could have a look inside the cathedral even though it was so late in the day. We were told that if we came back to the cathedral at a quarter to seven then we be warmly welcomed at a service in The Chapter House (in a side part of the cathedral) where we could have tea, coffee, biscuits, and a chat if we so liked. We have now been twice in a row as there were several impressive differences when compared to a standard service: The bread was not a wafer, it was homemade and of epic quality at that. The wine was not vinegar, it was more like brandy. The congregation were especially friendly yet approachable, non-judgemental and kind. The hymns were played on a grand piano, an oboe and a clarinet. The seats were comfortable. The beautiful building was nice and warm. All these little differences make this place memorable and very special.
Written February 2, 2020
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spuktoid
London, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited 2nd Jan - full of remarkable history and a fantastic story of history, evolution and much not as it first appears!

On entry was met with a smiling friendly face - Graham.

As our group assembled he talked easily with us all establishing an Easy rapport.

The tour was superb, engaging, enlightening and hugely interesting pitched to include both scholars and people with a passing interest.

Several questions from people who had obviously researched the Cathedral and who were apparently versed in history were answered very well showing a great depth of knowledge beyond that required to conduct a tour.

Brilliant morning made all the better spent in the company of a great representative of Exeter Cathedral.

Thoroughly recommend!
Written January 3, 2020
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Andy Thorne
Exeter, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
This is without doubt the must see destination in Exeter.
It's soaring arches and intricate mediaeval architecture tell thousands of tales of a monumentous achievement over a thousand years ago. One of the oldest clocks in the world is housed there and if you're lucky enough to hear the magnificent organ booming out, you will be transfixed with awe. Rooftop tours, providing magnificent views, are also available.
Written February 12, 2020
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Claer B
London, UK180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
In response to the amount of people who have left reviews complaining about the £7.50 entry price, did you know that you can get into the Cathedral for free if you attend the 5.30pm Evensong service? As a bonus, you get to hear the amazing choir! (There are adult singers as well as the boys’ school choir - check out the cathedral website for what’s being sung on different days). We still made a donation and had a quick look around before and afterwards. People of all faiths are welcome, the sung service lasts for about 45 minutes and there is no holy communion, just prayers. The interior of the cathedral has to be seen to be believed. It truly was a miracle that the famous vaulted ceiling survived the direct hit in the “Exeter Blitz” of 1942 that destroyed the southern chapel (since rebuilt). Children will love to see the animals carved into the choir stalls. There are also several green men, but we couldn’t find them on our visit.
Written January 26, 2020
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Layla
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I visited Exeter Cathedral yesterday morning with medium expectations, but was so impressed with it I stayed for over two hours! Near the entrance was a Lego model of the cathedral as part of a fundraiser (you could add a brick for £1) and it was a really good visual to see the cathedral from above without the roof. I opted to go on a free guided tour, which was fascinating! The guide, Graham, was very informative and made everything very interesting. It was brilliant to hear about all the stories behind certain features of the extraordinary cathedral. It couldn’t possibly be seen as ‘boring’ for children- as well as the Lego model, there was an owl trail and plenty of colourful artwork. As it is not just a tourist attraction, there are plenty of areas to reflect and pray as well. I had lunch at the café, which was great as well.
Written February 21, 2020
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