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“Informative and Interesting”

Underground Passages
Ranked #11 of 120 things to do in Exeter
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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.
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Informative and Interesting”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We enjoyed our tour through the passages and it was certainly an interesting alternative to walking around the shops! The tour guide was very informative and if your interested in the history of Exeter its ideal. Be aware that some parts of the tour, as its underground, can be a little difficult to get through but all in all, the access is very good.

Visited January 2014
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St. Louis, MO
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53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A peak back in history”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great tour of the City's underground. Interesting how a variety of very real engineering problems were solved by these passages. Enjoyed going underground in Exeter

Visited June 2014
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Hong Kong, China
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“unusual”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

a bit of unusual experience, nice to try something different, not very crowded, just small groups, the video is quite good

Visited June 2014
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Cool”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Quite cool in the passages. It seems not all Exeter residents know about the passages or have been down them, but we had an interesting history of the tunnels before we went down and during the walk. Not for those who do not like confined spaces.

Visited June 2014
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Minehead, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
“Great!”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Went to the underground passages today on a school trip. What a great time! A very odd way to spent half an hour but fantastic staff and very interesting. Really good interactive area too, lots to learn and some really fun elements.

Visited June 2014
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