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Underground Passages

2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
+44 1392 665887
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Certainly worth a visit.

The Underground Passages are pretty unique and certainly worth a visit, as long as you know what to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
johnhouston2
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
Great experience

Really good experience, went on the tour with my 9 year old daughter and we had a great time, The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nigel M
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Greater London, 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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Underground Passages are pretty unique and certainly worth a visit, as long as you know what to expect. Unlike the likes of Mary King close in Edinburgh, the passages here do not represent multiple facets of the city's history, and are solely to do...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really good experience, went on the tour with my 9 year old daughter and we had a great time, The Lady tour guide was brilliant and explained where we were and the history of the tunnels very well. the tunnels are well worth a visit

Thank Nigel M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't like enclosed spaces so after reading the other reviews this was a bit of a challenge for me but I wasn't sitting outside whilst the rest of the family went in so I gave it a go and so glad I did! Well...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Although not for the claustrophobic or those with poor mobility this is an AMAZING insight into our domestic heritage. It’s perfect for the kids as there’s plenty of interactive displays before a 25 minute walk (shuffle) through the passages under Exeter City. A wonderful, short...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We saw this attraction when searching things to do in Exeter and decided have a look. We walked in and booked for a tour in half hours time. There is a little museum and shop area to look round while waiting for your time slot...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

A quirky way to spend an hour - but I'd put this on the top of the must-do things in Exeter. Do not mess around with the hard hat, wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet, do not wear your best clothes and...More

Thank Rohit N
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

We squeezed onto the last tour of the day and glad we did as the whole experience worthwhile. The passages are from the 14th and 15th centuries and were the route of fresh water for Exeter. There is no height restriction but mind your head,...More

1  Thank Mic L
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Visi ted this historic masterpeice whilst visiting the City over Easter, an amazing bit of archetecture well worth a visit.A great insight to the important bit of the city's making. so pleased i went.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We didn’t book because the website says that you don’t need to at off peak times,although this didn’t account for school parties. So only 5 of us could go. You are shown an informative video about Exeter’s water system at the start. You then put...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

A great way to fill an hour with an incredibly interesting introduction and tour carried out by people who are genuinely interested and enthusiastic about the passages. The passages themselves are great to explore, there's a mini-museum and the tour itself is just the right...More

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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
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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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