Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1BW

Tel: 01392 265203

Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

About

Winter tour programme - 1 November 2023 to 31 March 2024

Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England with Exeter’s Red Coat Guides.

These FREE guided walking tours operate daily throughout the year, offering a wide range from which to choose.

Meet your Red Coat Guide at the starting point and discover historic Exeter for yourself.

Tours will only go ahead with a minimum of two people on the tour and may be subject to cancellation without notice, there is a limit to the number of people that can join each tour.

Our walking tours depart from the Hooker Statue on Cathedral Green (*apart from the Historic Quayside and Canal Trip tours) and last approximately 90 minutes. All tours start promptly at the time advertised.

Only assistance dogs are permitted on tours, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

There is no need to book in advance

 

Group bookings

Please note that there is a restriction of 5 spaces per booking and only one booking per tour.

If you wish to make a group booking please contact guidedtours@exeter.gov.uk.

 

Our tours

Please note that online booking is no longer required.

 

Forgotten Exeter

Monday 11.00am & Thursday 11.00am

Be intrigued by hidden corners and curios of the city, long since gone from memory. The tour is mainly focused on the North West corner of the city within the city walls. Monday's tour finishes outside St. Nicholas Priory and Thursday’s tour finishes outside Tuckers Hall on Fore Street.

This tour is not accessible to wheelchairs & mobility scooters

 

Medieval Exeter

Monday 2.00pm, Wednesday 11.00am & Saturday 2pm

This tour celebrates the time when Exeter grew rich from the woollen cloth trade. See many of the surviving medieval buildings, including ‘the house that moved’, then walk across the Medieval Exe Bridge to view the restored Cricklepit Mill. The tour finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

 

Cathedral to Quay

Tuesday 11.00am & Friday 11.00am

Starting in the picturesque Cathedral Close, proceed into elegant Southernhay before viewing the impressive city wall. The tour then continues to the river Exe and finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

 

Georgian Exeter

Tuesday 2.00pm

Hear how Exeter’s transformation came about, from industrial hub into an elegant Georgian city. Discover how trade was replaced with commerce. Explore the architectural splendours of Southernhay and find out about some of the colourful characters that resided in Exeter at the time. This tour finishes in Princesshay.

 

Ghosts & Legends 

Tuesday 7.00pm

Find out why Exeter is reputed to be one of the most haunted cities in the country. Visit many of Exeter’s historic buildings and listen to chilling tales about their ghostly history. Suitable for all ages.

 

Cathedral Close & Bishop's Palace Garden

Wednesday 2.00pm

See how the buildings in Cathedral Close have evolved through time before exploring a section of the City Wall and entering the Bishop's Palace Garden itself, enjoying unique views of the Cathedral and learning of the development of the Palace and its uses over 800 years. This tour finishes on Cathedral Close

This tour is not accessible to wheelchairs & mobility scooters

 

Exeter Old & New

Thursday 2.00pm & Saturday 11.00am

Learn about Exeter’s history from pre-Roman times to the present day. Visit the 11th century Castle Gatehouse – probably Britain’s oldest Norman building – and Northernhay Gardens, the first public gardens in the country.

 

Introducing Exeter

Friday 2.00pm & Sunday 2.00pm (1 hour)

This circular taster tour does exactly what it says in the title; glimpses of over 2,000 years of history, and introducing visitors to Exeter of its rich and varied past.

 

Exeter’s Historic Quayside

Sunday 11.00am

Starting at the Custom House, discover the port of Exeter, once one of Britain's busiest, and hear about its fascinating history. Stroll out and back along the river and canal and finish at the Custom House.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
AdultFree
Adult Group£6.00 per ticket
ChildFree
Child Group£3.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

TripAdvisor

Directions

Road Directions

Guided tours start from Cathedral Green or the Historic Quayside.

Public Transport Directions

Exeter is easily reached by bus or train. Nearest train station is Exeter Central, or catch a bus to Exeter Bus Station or Exeter High Street. All Park & Ride services will drop you within a short walk of the Cathedral Yard.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 1hr 30 minutes
  • In town/city centre
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 10
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge) - Please park in city centre car parks.

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Booking essential - Booking essential for groups
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

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

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Need to pre-book.

Opening Times

Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Tours not available on Christmas Day or Boxing Day

Awards

  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020
  • Regional and MiscellaneousThe Queen's Award for Voluntary Service The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2020
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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