Exeter Guildhall89 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: High St, City Centre, Exeter, Devon EX4 3EB, United Kingdom, EX4 3EB
- Timings: 10:30 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-1392265500
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Historical Site, Market, Heritage Building, Hall, Court, Landmarks, Community And Government
After the Cathedral, Exeter’s Guildhall is second in line to have witnessed the most historic events as a building in the city. Being the civic centre of Exeter currently, the Guildhall has taken various forms historically.
It has functioned as a court house, a place for civic functions, a prison, a city archive store, meeting place for the City chamber and the Council, a police station and a woollen market hall. The city`s silver is on display on an upper balcony in the main hall. A Cap of Maintenance and a Long Sword that were presented to Exeter by Henry VII, after Perkin Warbeck tried to usurp the throne in 1497 can also be seen here. Exeter defiantly defended itself against the impostor, and hence displays the sword out of pride. The silver control handles from Exeter’s first electric tram in 1905 and a sword that belonged to Admiral Nelson are also housed in this guildhall.
The Guildhall also constitutes of the Mayor’s Parlour, where Mayors, over the years entertained guests of the city. It is said that there was a Guild in Exeter around 1000 AD, and the site of the Guildhall may have been used as a hall from then. Some parts of the Guildhall can be traced back to 1160, although as it is common with many ancient buildings, it has undergone 'renovations' through the ages, adopting lots of styles and additions.
Exeter Guildhall Travel Tips
- Read up on the history to get a better understanding of the Guildhall.
- It is a working premise, so maintain decorum.
- Enquire well in advance about the schedule by either calling them or referring to their website to avoid disappointments.
- It should be noted, that during normal opening hours, access is granted to the Main Hall only. If you would prefer to make an advanced arrangement for a tour of the building, including a viewing of the Civic Regalia and Silver Collection, call them on the given number.
Entrance Ticket Details For Exeter Guildhall
- There is no charge for visiting the Guildhall although a contribution to the Lord Mayor's Charity will be gratefully received.
Exeter Guildhall Hours
- The Historic Guildhall remains very much a working building and is in frequent use for Mayoral functions, Council Meetings, etc. It is for this reason that access to visitors cannot always be guaranteed.
- Opening times are subject to change at short notice and it is therefore recommended that visitors telephone The Guildhall on 01392 665500 prior to setting off where possible.
- The schedule is also updated every 10 days on their website, because a lot of events keep taking place in the guildhall. So refer to the website whenever you are planning to visit.
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20.79% of people who visit Exeter include Exeter Guildhall in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
56.82% of people start their Exeter Guildhall visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Exeter Guildhall
88.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Exeter Guildhall
Exeter Guildhall Reviews & Ratings
Today I found Cafe Quirky owned and run by Chris and Jess Spry, offering a variety of excellent coffees at two prices The couple chose Exeter to open their cafe after living and working in France for 7 years. It is tucked in a select corner (below Superdrug, near Primark) and is tastefully furnished with comfortable tables & chairs close to their business van and undercover. At present they are open Thurs - Sat. 8-5.30 and Sun. 9-4.30. Nearer to Christmas they will be open every day - a very welcome addition to the Guildhall. Well worth a visit for a really good coffee or tea.
History dating back to 13th century. Doorway fantastic.
Wonderful immaculate kept historical building.
One of the oldest halls of England, dated back to 1160, normand foundation. Perhaps even Saxon. although the structure conserved is medieval between 15th and 16 th century. The oak door is lovely. It still continues to be the city’s council chamber, but not so long ago was the law court. The place is pretty nice. The seats have on top some names: some are majors, other benefactors, and merchants and industries. This hall was very important for the wool industry, because Exeter was one of the dominant cities and has seen lots of history... The place is usually opened from 10 am to 13 except some days which they have private events. It’s worth a visit.
Wonderful sword and cap? (hope it's the right word)