Exeter's history can be dated back to the Romans and our city is packed with fascinating Roman attractions that offer a glimpse into Exeter's ancient past.

Roman West Gate

Isca Dumnoniorum, also known simply as Isca, was originally a Roman legionary fortress for the Second Augustan Legion in the Roman province of Britannia at the site of present-day Exeter. Originally one of four entrance points to the Roman city of Isca Dumnoniorum, this well-preserved gate offers a tangible connection to Exeter's Roman past.

Exeter Cathedral

Excavations in the Cathedral Green and cloister garden have previously unearthered remnants of an early Roman street, timber buildings, and a town house wall.

Underground Passages

Although not exclusively Roman, Exeter's medieval passages were actually built on top of the original Roman aquaducts. There's no denying it's a unique experience exploring the underground passages and you'll get to learn about the city's history spanning centuries.

Red Coat Guided Tours

If you like exploring on two feet then join Exeter's Red Coat Guided Tours and learn about Exeter’s history from pre-Roman times to the present day on their Exeter 'Old and New' tour.

St Catherine's Chapel and Almhouse

Built atop Roman city walls, this medieval chapel provides a glimpse of how Roman structures were incorporated into later settlements.

Exeter is also home to a number of excavated remains which help shed light on the city's early development.

Roman Bath House

Though not currently visible, the remains of a large and luxurious bath house unearthed under Cathedral Green offer insight into the daily lives of Roman citizens. You can learn more about it at the RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum).

Roman Legionary Fortress

Discoveries at Exeter Cathedral and the bus station point to the presence of a larger Roman military complex than previously known. While not directly accessible, these finds shed light on the city's early development.

Remember, Roman history in Exeter is constantly being unearthed. New discoveries are adding to our knowledge of the city's origins and development.


Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - RAMM
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Queen Street Exeter

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and the World Cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the world.

Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral roof top tour

Medieval cathedral. Fine example of Gothic Decorated style. Longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. Image screen on West Front, Minstrels' Gallery and tombs. Expert guided tours, trails and activities for the family

Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
Walking Tour
Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

Find out more about the city’s turbulent history on a free guided walking tour with the Red Coat Guides, running daily throughout the year.

Exeter's Underground Passages
Historic Site
Exeter's Underground Passages

The Passages were built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter. A guided tour of Exeter's Underground Passages is a memorable event - narrow, dark, interesting and exciting.



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