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Underground Passages

2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
+44 1392 665887
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Very interesting but not for claustrophobics!

A very interesting thing to do....learned a lot about Exeter's history. You definitely need your... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lima, Peru
Price is bang on

This is good but you only get to explore a small part of the system. You probably only underground... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mark c
Brighton, United Kingdom
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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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2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
+44 1392 665887
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting thing to do....learned a lot about Exeter's history. You definitely need your hard hat...I hit my head several times! If you feel at all claustrophobic then this wouldn't be for you. It is very cramped down there. Fortunately you're only down there...More

1  Thank Slarahplayskool
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is good but you only get to explore a small part of the system. You probably only underground for 30 mins but it is interesting. Worth the 6 quid to get in

Thank mark c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grew up in Exeter but never visited the tunnels. Decided to do it on a very hot day with the kids, (16/11) Interesting view of the city, history and great tour guides.

1  Thank Julie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived coming up to 10.20am and were advised the next tour was 11.30am. We booked and were advised to come back 10 mins early so we could visit the heritage centre before our tour. The person who took our booking was at pains to tell...More

Thank DonnaGetMeStarted
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entrance to the Underground Passages is surprising as it looks like one of the very modern shops in the new shopping area.. The welcome is warm and there is a lift to take those with restricted mobility down to the passages. A short film...More

Thank Penny G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff and information provided was excellent. A very interesting visit and an unusual thing to do. A bit of an adventure too for younger children and teenagers alike. The time in the tunnels was short but long enough to see what they were like!

Thank Andrimont
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was hoping for more but was left disappointed, it was nice to see but if you're expecting amazing please don't. On the plus side it was reasonably priced.

3  Thank Chris_Ridgwell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entrance is easily passed by Initially you think it's part on Next store BUT once you've paid ( only £5 each for seniors) the first thing you experience is a short video then you are taken down and into the passages by a guide...More

1  Thank lynneshaw3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Children and adults find the Roman tunnels fascinating. That they carried water upto the people of Exeter living in this ancient city, is amazing. Wearing safety helmets we walk along these narrow tunnel which are a amazing feat for engineering. Good value and suitable for...More

Thank James N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent informative guide took us through the tunnels explaining the history and background as we went. Fascinating, scary and fun at the same time!

Thank Stuart H
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Jayne M
Can we bring our cavalier King Charles along with us on the tour?
21 March 2017|
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Response from ginakennedy | Property representative |
Hi Jayne! Regrettably, due to the nature of the medieval passages, we are unable to permit dogs on tours. Kind regards, The Passages Team
Kaiya M
do you need to book?
25 September 2016|
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Response from Clare W | Reviewed this property |
You will need to if you go at the weekend , much quieter in the week but the guilds are at slotted times . Book via web site or phone
Would are the prices like? And how often are tours?
10 April 2016|
Response from Staff P |
Apologies for the delay in replying but this account isn't regularly monitored. Prices are as follows: Adults: £6.00 Concessions: £5.00 Children: £4.00 Family ticket (up to 2 adults & 3 children): £18.00 Tours run hourly or... More