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
  • 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!

Underground Passages Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For Underground Passages

  • 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.

Underground Passages 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.

How to Reach Underground Passages

  • 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
  • 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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  • 63.79% 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

Underground Passages Reviews & Ratings

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  • Excellent tour. The guide Lynn was extremely informative, funny and made the tour both informative and fun. Apart for warning for claustrophobia, wearing full sleeve clothes and ducking at every turn, a perfect tour for everyone. Enjoyed it loads!

  • Entrace only with a guided tour, so visit it in the morning to sign up for the time You want. Tours every 30 min if I remember correctly. Some of the passages are optional - they quite quite low and you could get dirty in process. We enjoyed our tour guide. Very interesting introduction movie in the beginning. Definitely must see place in Exeter.

  • A really interesting and insightful tour of a different part of the city not often seen. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgable and the little museum is interesting too. A word of caution- these tunnels are from water pipes so don't expect stories of war or intrigue but definitely worth a visit. Prices are reasonable too.

  • This is such a cool place to visit as long as you're not claustrophobic. The tour was very interesting and the guide was very friendly. Just make sure that you book for a tour, otherwise you may have to wait for a free one.

  • It's amazing there is much history underneath the streets of Exeter. Very good tour, the guide certainly knew their stuff!

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