Underground Passages

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  • Address: 2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England, EX1 1GA, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1392665887
  • Fax: +44-01392269695
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Monument, Landmarks

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 plagues! The purpose of these passages was quite ordinary to begin with; to bring clean drinking water from natural springs in fields located outside the walled city, with the help of lead pipes into the center of the city. The pipes sometimes sprang leaks and buried pipes could only be repaired by digging them up in a manner very similar to what is carried out today. To avoid this disruption the passages were vaulted and it is through some of these vaulted passageways that the visitors can pass through and be amazed!

  • Due to the nature of the Underground Passages, tour times are subject to change. It is always advisable to contact us before your visit to check tour times and reserve places on a specific tour.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of your tour.
  • Keep your kids close to you, there is a chance he/she might get scared if wandered off by himself/herself.
  • During school holidays advance booking is essential.
  • Tours of Exeter's Underground Passages often sell out - it is advisable to come early to avoid disappointment, or call to book in advance.
  • All tours are guided.
  • Tours are limited to a maximum of 15 people.
  • All tour participants must wear a hard hat that is provided.
  • Wheelchair and pushchair access is to the exhibition only.
  • Visitors should be aware of low vaults, uneven floors, dark areas and that passages are constricted and are not suitable for those with claustrophobia.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Under 5s are allowed free access to the exhibition only, and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • We are unable to take tours containing only one person.
  • Due to the nature of the passages, visitors are not allowed to take any bags (including handbags) with them on a guided tour.
  • Secure storage is provided.

  • Adult £6.00
  • Child £4.00
  • Concession £5.00
  • Family ( Up to 2 adults and up to 3 children ) £18.00 
  • For information with respect to group visits, please call: 01392 665887
  • Children under five years old are not permitted on tours.

During school holidays and weekends tours of Exeter's Underground Passages often sell out - it is advisable to come early to avoid disappointment. Due to the nature of the Underground Passages, tour times are subject to change. It is always advisable to contact us before your visit to check tour times and reserve places on a specific tour.

  • Group visit: (Minimum group of 10 people)- Adult- £ 4.70
  • Child- £3.30
  • Concession- £4.20
  • There is an additional fee for opening outside of normal hours.

October - May

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday - Friday 10.30am - 4.30pm (first tour half hour after opening, last tour 3.30pm)
  • Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm (first tour half hour after opening, last tour 4.30pm)
  • Sunday 11.30am - 4pm (first tour half hour after opening, last tour 3pm)

June - September (inc. school holidays outside this period)

  • Mon - Sat: 9.30am - 5.30pm (last tour 4.30pm)
  • Sun: 10.30am - 4pm (last tour 3pm)
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your tour starts.
  • Due to the nature of the Underground Passages, tour times are subject to change. It is jagwar maalways advisable to contact us before your visit to check tour times and reserve places on a specific tour.

  • On Foot: 0.4 mile from Exeter Central.
  • By Car: 1.7 miles from St David`s station. A train leaves every 15 minutes from here to get to Underground Passages.

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  • Underground Passages Address: 2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England, EX1 1GA, United Kingdom
  • Underground Passages Contact Number: +44-1392665887
  • Underground Passages Timing: 09:30 am - 04:30 pm
  • Underground Passages Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Underground Passages(preferred time): 12:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Underground Passages: 01:00 Hrs
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  • Website: http://www.exeter.gov.uk/passages
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  • 95% of people who visit Exeter include Underground Passages in their plan

  • 47.11% of people start their Underground Passages visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Underground Passages

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Underground Passages

People normally club together Exeter Castle and Royal Albert Memorial Museum while planning their visit to Underground Passages.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • We pre-booked the tickets and arrived about 30 minutes before our tour start time. Plenty of time to learn about the Underground Passages before the tour started. A short video explained the history of the passages before we donned out hard hats and went for a 30 minute tour into the tunnels. Although there is no dress code, you should be aware you are in a tight space and WILL get dirty, especially if you do the optional tunnel on your hands and knees. There were about 20 people in our group and the guide was interesting and answered all our questions. A really interesting hour spent underground learning about the supply of water into Exeter.

  • Excellent experience. I have lived in Exeter for 4 years and have wanted to visit the underground passages since finding out about them but only did so today. It was well worth the entry fee. The tour guide was authorotative and funny and the experience was one of a kind. don't miss it.

  • As a girl who grew up in Devon, I had learnt a bit about the history of Exeter in school years ago and had always wanted to see the underground passages for myself. The staff were extremely friendly and informative. My daughter was picked by the guide to do the very special job of holding an led candle for the duration of the visit. She took pride in this and it worked as a good distraction for the sudden fear she had developed of tight enclosed spaces. I can't thank the staff enough and would highly recommend a visit for anyone interested in the history of this wonderful city.

  • Very excited to experience the Underground Passages but sadly the female Tour Guide was abrupt, monotone and showed zero enthusiasm! Group members asked questions when in the tunnels but were almost told off as "this will be answered later" The Tunnels themselves were fascinating but very short tour for £6 per adult. Please consider replacing guides with new enthusiastic staff!!! Very poor, was disappointed.

  • Good communication from staff, excellent tour round the tunnels, interesting and interactive displays. Well worth a visit if you are in Exeter. Good for solo or group visit's- booking required.

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