Devon & Exeter Institution

7 Cathedral Close, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1EZ

Tel: 01392 274727

The Library of Devon & Exeter Institution


The Devon and Exeter Institution is a unique heritage site, thriving independent library and educational charity, in the heart of the city.  We offer individually tailored events and meetings in beautiful historic and interesting spaces.  Ideally located on Exeter’s Cathedral Green we are just a few minutes walk from public transport links and central car parks.

The Institution occupies a Medieval building, originally owned by the Cathedral.  In 1814, ‘200 Gentlemen of the City’ took ownership of 7 Cathedral Close and adapted the double-courtyard layout to create two elegant Georgian rooms.

Evening events can be held in the galleried Outer Library, this space really adds ‘wow’ factor to any event.  The Outer Library is suitable for upto 50 standing and 35 seated. 

We have two meeting rooms, with barrelled ceilings and marble fireplaces, which overlook Cathedral Green.  They can be hired out individually or together to provide a separate breakout space.  The larger room seats 18 boardroom or 24 café and the smaller seats upto 8 boardroom.

Short tours of the building and select book displays can be arranged - people visiting the Institution love to find out a little more about our history and our collections while they are here, which really adds making your event memorable.

Free wifi is available, we can also provide teas/coffees, projectors/screen, flip charts/pens, as well as glass/cutlery & crockery hire.  We also have a kitchen which caterers can use if required.

If you would like to come and see the spaces first hand please call or email to arrange a visit.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

The nearest carpark is 'Princesshay 3'.  From the M5 exit at J30, follow the B3183 (Sidmouth Road through to Heavitree Road, approx 4 miles), at the roundabout take the first exit into Western Way (B3183). Then take the first right into Barnfield Road, then turn right and follow the signs.

Public Transport Directions

From Exeter Central Station; turn left after exiting the station, walk along Queen Street, cross the High Street, continue straight into Cathedral Green, and straight along Cathedral Close. 

From the bus station walk down the High Street to Queen Street and follow the instrutions above.


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  • Guide Dogs Permitted


  • Catering by approved caterers
  • Own Catering Allowed

Establishment Features

  • Areas for Team building
  • 'Break-out' Space for Informal Meetings
  • Central heating throughout
  • Flipchart and Pens
  • OHP and Screen
  • Whiteboard and Pens
  • Wi-Fi available

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Unique venue

Room / Unit Features

  • All rooms offer natural daylight
  • Equipment hire available

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Opening Times

Devon & Exeter Institution (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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