Underground Passages

Underground Passages, Exeter: Hours, Address, Underground Passages Reviews: 4.5/5

Underground Passages
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
In light of the advice from the Government about COVID-19 the Underground Passages are closed to the public until further notice. 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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Pigeon Whisperer
19 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Well what can I say. If you’re a fan of bricks then this will be 100% up your street… or underneath it I should say!

The admission price is fair, seeing as I’ve now been underground for roughly three weeks and can’t seem to find a way out.

10/10 would visit again. If I could find a way out.
Written August 30, 2021
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Derek M
16 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Getting to see the tunnels I helped protect during construction of the Princess hay development. I did sizemic monitoring daily during the heavy construction phase of the works
Written December 23, 2020
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Christopher W
Ebbw Vale, UK442 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
The entrance to this isn't obvious, looks like an ordinary shop front at first, tip, hard hat's are provided and you should wear them, think Exeter man was shorter! The tour is excellent, suitable for all ages I think and well worth the effort
Written April 10, 2020
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daveashuk
Bristol, UK664 contributions
Mar 2020
Finally got to tour the tunnels recently via the guided tour, worth pre-booking as the tours fill up quickly. The tour takes about 30 minutes, you can arrive early to read information in the underground reception. The guide gives a preamble before you put on your helmet and set off into the tunnels, stopping at various points, whilst you are told relevant points. The tunnels are quite narrow and as an over 6ft high person you will be stooping throughout most of the tunnels. On the return to the reception you have the option to travel through a particularly low section, worth doing, but you need to work on your commando crawl technique!
Written March 25, 2020
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Robin C
London, UK42 contributions
Mar 2020
The most memorable part was where we were invited to go through a very low tunnel. I ended up crawling and it was a bit muddy and tight. However this was optional and the hard hat enables you to navigate the tunnels safely.

I had been told about tunnels before but never made the visit. I believe that this is a unique tourist visit in any UK city and we'll worth a visit. Interesting introductory museum and informative, enthusiastic guide for the tour.

A relatively short tour so easily combined with something else in Exeter.
Written March 24, 2020
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Keith
Totton, UK379 contributions
Mar 2020
Who knew so much history lay under our feet?
Before we visited Exeter we heard about the passages and to our delight, we were able to have a conducted tour.
This is NOT suitable for very young children or people with mobility issues simply due to the nature of the passages built in the 13th & 14th Centuries.
Experience this for yourself and you'll be blown away by the effort and engineering that went into the construction - also the foresight and dedication applied to the whole endeavour.
The staff here are welcoming and experts in their field too.
When you surface after the tour, you can visualise what it used to look like in the city centre all that time ago and how much has changed.
A wonderful couple of hours.
Written March 22, 2020
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Victoria F
Bridgwater, UK24 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Great fun walking through the passages. If you want to go along the low passage, make sure you wear old clothes as you may need to crawl. John, our guide, was excellent and very informative. Couldn't have been more helpful.
Written March 7, 2020
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Hazel D
New Milton, UK119 contributions
Mar 2020
Decided to fill some time on a rainy Sunday afternoon and come here, so glad we did. Really interesting Little tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting, allow about an hour for your visit. No under 5’s allowed and cost £7
Written March 6, 2020
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Phil Northcott
Cornwall, UK2 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyable excursion under the surface of Exeter city centre. More history than you can shake a stick at(no actual room to shake a stick so avoid if you're claustrophobic.)
Written March 3, 2020
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david w
West Bromwich, UK20 contributions
Feb 2020
Tours are every half hour in the waiting area there is a small interactive museum then the tour of the passages the guide was very informative and welcoming we thoroughly enjoyed the tour word of warning if you are claustrophobic it might not suit you 10 out 10 for this unusual tour
Written February 27, 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM


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