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Address: 2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
Phone Number: 01392 665887
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street...

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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Quite narrow and low in places

Its not everyones cup of tea, but its fascinating and very interesting to see the maps and the history of the old Exeter. It does get pretty low down and narrow in places which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Karen M
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A dark glass fronted building in Paris Street that announces itself as the home of the Underground Passages . This is the beginning of a very unusual journey.You are taken down into a part of the city that many Exonians have never visited. In a few steps you are taken from your twenty-first century life to that of the fifteen... More 

Thank Derek R
Chulmleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was brought up in Exeter and visited the passages as a child many times - no hard hats then!!.These days it is much more of an experience with the visitor exhibition and video introduction.The passages do get very narrow in places and low so perhaps not ideal for those of a more portly shape and the very tall may... More 

Thank margaret1708
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its not everyones cup of tea, but its fascinating and very interesting to see the maps and the history of the old Exeter. It does get pretty low down and narrow in places which not everybody will like, so be aware that it can feel a little claustrophobic.

Thank Karen M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having lived in Devon for a number of years it took until recently to embark on the underground tour. It was an interesting place full of history and well worth doing. I would say that if you suffer from claustrophobia I would probably say give it a miss as it does get quite enclosed at times!

Thank Eleanor_Matt
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really interesting tour but if you do not like any sort of closed in space it will not be for you. Two of our group bailed out after only a few minutes. The guide was very informative. If you are given the chance of doing the really narrow bit at the end think very carefully about doing so.... More 

Thank ronf197
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Does what it says on the tin and an interesting change from the norm. Would help though if the tour included more map information on route so you can note exactly where you are. Also, those hard hats, how clean are they...? A good shop and fun informative zone though.

Thank Andy S
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The 5 of us were keen on something other than shopping in Exeter and came across this tour. It was brilliant! Very inexpensive for an hours worth of history and intrigue. Our guide was very knowledgable and clearly experienced - the video on arrival didn't seem overly exciting given the guide was able to repeat everything anyway! Definitely worth the... More 

Thank Bondiatheart1
Monteverde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These passages, located right underneath the city streets of Exeter, offer an interesting glimpse into the city's past. The guides are helpful, but they reiterate most of the information shown in the introductory video. Not recommended for people with claustrophobia, but otherwise a good family activity.

Thank Amatitlania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We happened to walk by this attraction at 420pm on a Friday and there was space left on the Las tour at 4.30pm. Tour guide was very informative and had a great sense of humour. The tour whilst quite short is sufficient time to be in a smaller space and well worth it to get a sense of the passages.

Thank jsbSouthampton
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was fun to go as deep under ground before you even started ... Then there was a small exhibition, explaining a bit before you go inside to see an instructive film. Then you get your lovely hat :) to protect your head from bumping. Which is a good thing ... as the ceiling is very low at times. It... More 

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