Exeter Cathedral

The Cloisters, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HS

Tel: 01392 285983

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Exeter Cathedral

About

Exeter Cathedral is a testament to the creativity, skill and devotion of those who built it. Dating back 900 years, it is one of England's most beautiful medieval cathedrals and one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture in this country. It is most famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings and the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. Of note are the Minstrels' Gallery, the 15 Century Astronomical Clock, a complete set of Misericords and the highly decorated tombs, bosses and corbels. The library contains the famous 'Exeter Book' of Anglo-Saxon verse, the Exon Domesday and many other historical documents.

Visitor facilities include a well-stocked shop and onsite café, serving a range of light lunches, afternoon teas and light snacks.

The Cathedral prides itself on its choral tradition which dates back nearly 900 years. At 17.30 on most weekdays the Cathedral Choir sing Evensong. The service is free to attend, lasts 45 minutes, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Cathedral receives no funding from the government or the Diocese of Exeter. An admission fee is payable by visitors, which contributes to the £1.3million annual operating cost.

PLEASE NOTE : There is never a charge to pray or attend a service in the Cathedral and all are welcome. Details of service times can be found on the link

 

Reasons to Visit :

Exeter’s #1 attraction (as reviewed on TripAdvisor)

900 years of history in one of England’s most beautiful Cathedrals

Expert guided tours, trails and activities all within the admission price

Pay once and return as many times as you like within 12 months (with GiftAid)

 

Looking for somewhere to enjoy a cup of tea or a light lunch? Why not try our Cathedral Café?

Our excellent cafe has opening times from 9.30am - 4pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) and offers excellent value for money and a warm welcome in an ancient setting. (Please note the cafe is closed over the Easter weekend)

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.50 per ticket
Child under 18 free if accompanied by adultFree
Students & Senior Citizens£5.00 per ticket

For group prices please visit Exeter Cathedral's website.

There is a charge to enter the Cathedral unless you are visiting us for prayer or to attend a service. This charge contributes to the huge cost (over £1.3 million a year) of maintaining this beautiful and historic building.

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Recent Reviews:

  • X8085XIalanf
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    You need at least an hour
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th April 2019
    To get the best from a visit here I recommend setting aside at least an hour. There’s so much to see, so much history, so much to fascinate. I also recommend the use of a guide, especially if your... Read full review
  • christopherwT8475GQ
    Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Striking in the centre of Exeter
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 15th April 2019
    Situated in the heart of Exeter the cathedral stands, Impressive building, not as large as some but an interesting building all the same, history can be found online, charge to visit. Read full review
  • rashid m
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Ok.
    2 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 18th April 2019
    An above average attraction in a below average, increasingly violent city. Such a pity that the surrounds of this pile of stone are going downhill fast. The other architecture is typical of Swindon... Read full review

Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is M5.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Exeter Central.

Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - The Cathedral Café is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am until 4pm. Closed Sundays.
  • Picnic Site - On Cathedral Green

Establishment Features

  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given) - French, Germann and Italian.
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 01:00
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 100
  • No Smoking Attraction

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • German spoken
  • Italian spoken

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - use local city car parks

Payment Methods

  • Accepts Exeter Pound
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Booking essential
  • Delta accepted
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 10
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates - If pre-booked. Group leaders admitted free.
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Chinese printed material
  • Czech printed material
  • Danish printed material
  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Hungarian printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Polish printed material
  • Portuguese printed material
  • Russian printed material
  • Spanish printed material
  • Swedish printed material

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Outside guides are permitted to guide in the Cathedral but only by prior arrangement with the Visitors Officer.

Opening Times

Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00*
Sunday11:30 - 17:00*

* There are times when the Cathedral closes for special services or other events, sometimes at short notice.
Sundays open from 11.30am
• Expert guided tours, trails and activities all within the admission price
• Pay once and return as many times as you like within 12 months (with GiftAid)


Please check with the Visitors Office 01392 285983 before making a special journey.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Awards

  • Devon TourismDevon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp Devon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp 2017

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