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Underground Passages

2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
+44 1392 665887
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Exeter's Fascinating Underground Passageways

The small entrance to Exeter's fascinating underground tunnels is located inconspicuously between... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
interesting half hour

It was strange to find the entrance in a row of shops,the tour is accessed down below street level... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Southampton, 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

The small entrance to Exeter's fascinating underground tunnels is located inconspicuously between the modern facades of two major stores, Zara and Next - blink and you'll miss it! It's a fascinating tour, and we were I think lucky in being the last one of the...More

Thank aramis
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was strange to find the entrance in a row of shops,the tour is accessed down below street level but there is a lift.The tour itself was very interesting,it was very strange to walk under the city in this way

Thank rickarch
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was quite interesting worth a visit. The tunnels are quite narrow so no good if your claustrophobic.

Thank Theresa A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While there is a charge to go in, its very reasonable and discounted for students and senior citizens. As it is a guided tour there is often a wait, but the waiting area is filled with interactive displays informing you about the water system and...More

1  Thank greatgadsby97
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not great if you are claustrophobic but you can avoid the tight areas so do not be put off. Really interesting film but guide did not have much more to add except showing the different areas. Really interesting to hear the traffic above, gave a...More

Thank walkingdoodle02
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is amazing tunnels under the city that was built to bring fresh water to the city amazing feat of engineering from 600 years ago.The conditions men not worked in were horrendous for 7 pence a week

Thank Brian G
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Not as claustrophobic as some reviews may have you believe! Informative guide gave fresh insight into the history of the city.

Thank moulefamily
Reviewed 18 August 2017

The man on the reception was the most miserable person. I thought a person on reception was supposed to be welcoming but he was grumpy and didn't smile despite my attempts to make him. We got downstairs and didn't know what to do. The 2...More

1  Thank OzzyOsborne12
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We were really looking forward to seeing these tunnels we had to book and come back as busy and only about 15 people per tour. Watched a short film first then put on a hard hat and entered the tunnels. We love history and wondering...More

1  Thank Cmss D
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I talked my husband into visiting the underground passages, as he was a little unsure on how interesting it would be. We quickly noticed the offices when we departed from the car park bus and booked in for an hours time. We arrived a few...More

Thank Michelle F
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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
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
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