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Underground Passages

2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
+44 1392 665887
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Going to the Underground Passages in Exeter is certainly a good experience. They are unique, and... read more

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The Underground Passages tour is quite interesting and I would highly recommend taking this tour... read more

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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
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Reviewed today via mobile

Going to the Underground Passages in Exeter is certainly a good experience. They are unique, and crawling on you hands on knees trough the tunnels in something that you will remember. However, the guide we got last week when I visited the attraction was truly...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Underground Passages tour is quite interesting and I would highly recommend taking this tour when in Exeter. The tour lasts about 30 min and starts off with a short movie about the passages and why they were built. Our guide was excellent.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We found it quite interesting. As we are not very tall we enjoyed the tour through the passages. The guide was good very friendly.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Underground journey beneath streets of Exeter to discover historic passages used to bring fresh water into the city

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting tour of the underground passages. Not for anyone with claustrophobia. We throughly enjoyed it and the guide was funny yet informative. We would highly recommend it and it was a reasonable price.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came here when I was child in the 70s when the entrance looked like you were going into a underground toilet That has changed the entrance and the pre-tunnel exhibition in my last visit it seemed darker and more primitive now it feels more...More

1  Thank Timothy B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is nowhere else you can experience anything like the Underground Passages in Britain and, although it may not be everybody's cup of tea, this is well-worth seeking out. John, our excellent tour guide, took us through these fascinating open-and-shut constructed tunnels which vary in...More

Thank Clive M
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

After 25 years finally, finally managed to explore this medieval gem under Exeter. Highly recommend it, but not for the claustrophobic or those with mobility problems.

1  Thank AnnR455
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Visited with my partner and found the tour very informative. The tour guide was very informative and answered all of our questions. Really enjoyed it and definitely worth a visit

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Not what you expect to find under the streets of Exeter but very interesting nonetheless. Took my mum 70 who turned out to be both claustrophobic and rat phobic. There are currently NO rats but historically there were many and although it does get a...More

1  Thank christina w
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kayewood1
31 October 2017|
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Response from greatgadsby97 | Reviewed this property |
There are different prices based on whether you have adult, child or concession. I had a student price which I think was about £5? It’s less than £10 regardless I think
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Jayne M
22 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
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Kaiya M
26 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
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