Exeter is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Exeter one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Exeter is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Exeter or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Exeter. Explore the historical monuments of Exeter with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Exeter guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Exeter page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Exeter landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Exeter.
#1 of 12 Historical Places in Exeter | Added 2438 times in trip plans
Exeter Cathedral 1 the Cloisters Exeter
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The present building of Exeter Cathedral was complete in 1400. Since then, it has survived a lot of atrocities, especially during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Back in the 1940s, the Cathedral also survived a direct bombing during an air raid. But that is not all that makes this place one of the most visited cathedrals of United Kingdom. Exet...
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Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Paulise de Bush collection, on display in period rooms is not the only reason to visit Killerton House. Apart from the possession of these 18th-20th century costumes, Killerton house boasts of an enriching history. Built by Sir Thomas Acland in 1778, this house has been open to Public since it belongs to the National Trust since 1944. The extremely...
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Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, Devon
11:00 am - 04:30 pm
Situated on a formerly marshy and flat ground on the west bank of the River Exe estuary, Powderham Castle is the home to the Earl and Countess of Devon. Closed for private and hired events for most part of the year this castle is definitely worth paying a visit to, if your schedule happens to match with the days it is open to visitors. Th...
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2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
09:30 am - 04:30 pm
As old as the14th century, these medieval passages are situated under Exeter High Street. These passages are known to be a unique ancient monument. In the whole of Britain, no similar system of passages can be explored elsewhere. The Passages have always had a place in the stories of local people, with imaginary additions of sieges, wars and plague...
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High St, City Centre, Exeter, Devon EX4 3EB, United Kingdom
10:30 am - 04:00 pm
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 C...
Haldon Belvedere was known as Lawrence Castle originally. It was built on a high ridge above Haldon House after this estate came into the possession of Sir Robert Palk post his return as the Governor of Madras. He made all his wealth while working with the East India Company and as a Paymaster and Commissary of the Indian Army. He renovated the hou...
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Castle St, Exeter, Devon EX4 3PU, United Kingdom
07:00 am - 11:00 pm
The Castle of Exeter is located at the highest point of the city. Due to the reddish colour of the volcanic rock on which it stood, it came to be known as Rougemont Castle locally.
Richard III visited Exeter castle, he was really taken aback by the strength and beauty of the castle. Once a military fortress; lost that title after surrendering to Ge...
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St Bartholomew's Cemetery, Exeter, England
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Hidden under the city wall, the catacombs were meant to accommodate 1,400 coffins in every vault on each side of a central and a long passage. The coffins were made to slide into a brick lined vault while the priest on duty would do the needful by conducting the service. Next to it in a small, walled off area stood a bricklayer who would wait until...
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Poltimore House, Poltimore, Exeter, Devon EX4 0AU
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Poltimore House is of utmost importance to Exeter and Devon, historically and architecturally.
It was an extremely beautiful place in 1900 and there have been various attempts to restore it to its exact original form. It was home to the Bampfylde family for around five centuries. In 1921 it went on to become Poltimore College, a girls' school....
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Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3AT, United Kingdom, Guildhall Shopping Centre EX4, United Kingdom
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
A humble church located in the Centre of the Guildhall, and in what was historically known as British Quarter. In the midst of all commercial activities, you would find this haven of peace and tranquillity. The church is made in the memory of teenage martyr, St Pancras. The dimensions of the church are only 46½ ft by 16 ft, and it is built o...
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Cowick Street, Exeter, England
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Gervase Exe Bridge had a church at the St Thomas end, similar to St Edmund's Church at the opposite end. However, flowing river on this side often flooded the church situated on the bridge and eventually swept it away. In 1412, the new church of St Thomas Becket was built on a safer high ground.
In 1549 the vicar, Robert Welshe joined the Catho...
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Catherine Street, Exeter, England
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The well known chapel and almshouses were founded by Canon John Stevens DD, (Doctor of Physick), in 1457, to initially house thirteen poor men. A surviving petition has brought light upon the fact that Stevens had bought "a parcel of ground, void at the time of purchase and not built upon, adjoining to the closure of (the) cathedral church". The al...