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Underground Passages

2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
+44 1392 665887
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Fantastic and well priced

A very exciting place to visit. Visited today for the first time. These passageways are 100's of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karl N
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Braunton, United Kingdom
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Interesting tour

We did the tunnels tour with Steve. We were shown a short video before entering the tunnels to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TrippinMonkey
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Sydney, Australia
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very exciting place to visit. Visited today for the first time. These passageways are 100's of years old and to be able to see this was amazing. Great to hear the noise of the hussle and bussle above whilst in this almost secret place....More

Thank Karl N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the tunnels tour with Steve. We were shown a short video before entering the tunnels to provide some history. I found it a little claustrophobic in the first section of the tunnels but it didn't last long. Steve had a dry sense of...More

Thank TrippinMonkey
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Must be able to crawl a bit for the ultimate passage experience. But you really discover the history of what these passages were all about. We should be proud and visit our British history more.

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

You will need to wear hardhats and be ready to duck and walk to get through this tour. Its only half an hour long but is full of interesting details and historical facts. No one under four can go into the tunnels and they make...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Been meaning to visit the passages on all previous visits to Exeter. Made it today. Well worth a visit. Mind your back and your head!!!! Hard hats compulsory.

Thank Theresa F
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Worth going once! My mom has a walking stick but she managed fine and there is a lift down to the passages! Interesting to go to but if you’re at the back of the line walking through here then you won’t hear the guide talking...More

Thank Kelly_L_Holmes
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

These Medieval tunnels are an incredible and unique experience. Find the entrance in the street near Topshop and near John Lewis with a lovely presentation and museum / information section before a guided tour of the tunnels .[ If wary of claustrophobic areas just visit...More

Thank Mags L
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

I dragged the girlfriend into this place. She didn't seem keen especially as you are deep underground. However, she loved it. Walking through the narrow tunnels that were built so long ago and looking at the different type of architecture. Thoroughly enjoyable. Loved it.

Thank peterwilson322
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Took my son as thought he might be interested, It was interesting but as the passages are narrow and low in places we couldnt hear everything the guide was saying at times. My son liked it . Don't go if you don't like tight spaces!

Thank elainerussell6745
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We finally got around to visiting the underground passages after living locally for years and I can honestly say, I wish we hadn't wasted our money. The man that turned out to be our "guide", was honestly one of the grumpiest, unhelpful people we've ever...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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