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Exeter Cathedral

The Cloisters, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HS

Tel: 01392 285983

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Exeter Cathedral


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 The library contains the famous 'Exeter Book' of Anglo-Saxon verse, the Exon Domesday and many other historical documents.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:

  • Sharron C
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th March 2018
    This has to be one of the most stunning Cathedrals we have ever visited. A beautiful part of the country. Read full review
  • lily5555
    Yamba, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    A must see
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 17th March 2018
    Fabulous cathedral. Designed by same fellow as one of Brisbane Australia cathedrals. Wooden carvings under "quire" seats .. v interesting. Also loved the numerous hand made tapestry seats all around... Read full review
  • Kniptonian
    Rugby, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Ear worm was built in stone.
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 17th March 2018
    As is traditional when negotiating the M5 we had the opportunity to admire the wintery verges while we waited for the prang ahead to clear. Listening to classic FM my attention was caught as no17... Read full review


Road Directions

Nearest major road is M5.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Exeter Central.



  • Gift Shop

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.

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 01:00
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 10
  • No Smoking Attraction


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

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - use local city car parks


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

Payment Methods

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

Establishment Features

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

Specialist Features

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

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • German spoken
  • Italian spoken

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

Tours and Demonstrations

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

Opening Times

Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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


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