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Exeter - Catacombs and Lower Cemetery

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Address: Exeter, England
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A fascinating part of a short walk around Exeter

Other people have said it is not that brilliant but we only had a few hours between trains so incorporated a look at The Tudor House (1450) a few streets still in existence as per... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 October 2015
muppet59
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

What do you think of when hearing the word catacombs? probably something underground, vast, gloomy and sad. Exeter catacombs are different. Sad , yes but not in the way you might expect. Very atmospheric, especially on an autumn afternoon. A fascinating insight into the world of the Victorians and a demonstration of the losers who along with the winners go... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Other people have said it is not that brilliant but we only had a few hours between trains so incorporated a look at The Tudor House (1450) a few streets still in existence as per the maps in the Bernard Knight Crowner John Books (set in 1100s) fascinating that they are still in existence. There is also a well in... More 

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5 Thank muppet59
South West England
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

I am told there are guided tours to go in and think you absolutely have to do that as from the outside it's pretty dull. You walk along a grassy strip to the end but then can't go anywhere unless you walk all the way back again (or climb over the railings like we did). Locked gates and no lighting... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

Yawn yawn yawn this was so boring- my advice would be to stay at home with a nice cuppa and read a book about Exeter's rich and illustrious history. Such a waste of money- gutted.

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Thank Dwight S
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

Its a peaceful graveyard, but not much to see. The tombs are locked! It's a shame as I really wanted to see the history, well some of it. Maybe next time.

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2 Thank Owenomac
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

We have been thinking of going to the catacombs for a while and it was well worth the visit. The guide was great and full of knowledge and was very understanding that I was staying at the back as I have mild claustrophobia with out having to be told.

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2 Thank Readams05
Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

I love the mystery and supernatural allure of a graveyard, and St Bartholomew’s does not disappoint, with its eerie catacombs built against the city wall. Apparently they were the first cemetery buildings to be built in Britain in an Egyptian style; now they are rather dank and musty, with weeds growing out of the crumbling walls. The cemetery itself is... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Although very small, the Exeter catacombs are worth a visit. You can't go inside them but you can look through the gates to get a glimpse inside. There are also a few information boards dotted about. You'll only be there 15 minutes, but it's close to the city center.

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7 Thank G B
Campbelltown, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

Exeter enjoy Old history and walking around this beautiful city We look forward to our next visit in July next year To stay in one place with friends is just so restfull

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

I took another one of the Red Coat tours and discovered something that I didn't even know existed. What a find and the tour was free, it was interesting to discover how even in Death you could suffer class discrimination in the extreme. Do the tour and you will be enlightened by what you see and hear.

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10 Thank ALS5343

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