Exeter's Underground Passages

2 Paris Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1GA

Tel: 01392 665887

Family image in the passages


Please note, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Exeter's Underground Passages are closed until further notice. Watch this space for further information.

Exeter's Underground 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. Visit the heritage centre before your guided tour, packed with interactive exhibits and interpretation.

These are the only passages of this kind open to the public in Britain!

These tours are likely to fill up quickly and are also subject to change at short notice. Pre-booking is advisable and during school holidays is essential to avoid disappointment.


Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Family£20.00 per ticket
Adult£7.00 per ticket
Adult Group£5.50 per person per day
Child£4.50 per ticket
Child Group£3.50 per person per day
Senior / Student£5.50 per ticket
Senior / Student Group (Work Groups Omitted)£5.00 per person per day

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



Road Directions

Nearest major road is M5. Follow signs to city centre.

Public Transport Directions

The entrance is located on Paris Street, just a few minutes walk fro Exeter Bus Station. The nearest train station is Exeter Central, approx 10 minutes walk.



  • Gift Shop


  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Guide dogs not permitted underground.
  • Ramp/Level Access - To Heritage Centre only
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide - Video presentation in subtitles
  • German audio guide - Video presentation in subtitles

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children - Children under 5 not permitted underground.

Establishment Features

  • Air-conditioning throughout - Exhibition area only.
  • Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem)
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - Underground tour lasts approx 25 minutes
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 100
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route - Across road from Exeter Bus Station.
  • Parking (charge) - Please park in city centre car parks.

Payment Methods

  • Accepts Exeter Pound
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates - Group rates available.
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

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

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook. Large groups will be split into smaller groups of 15 max.

Opening Times

2021 High Season & School Holidays (1 June 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 17:30*
Sunday10:30 - 16:00*
2020/21 Low Season (1 Oct 2021 - 31 May 2022)
Tuesday - Friday10:30 - 16:30*
Saturday09:30 - 17:30*
Sunday11:30 - 16:00*

* June to September

Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 5.30pm (last tour 4.30pm)
Sunday: 10.30am to 4.00pm (last tour 3.00pm)

October to May

Tuesday to Friday: 10.30am to 4.30pm (last tour 3.30pm)
Saturday: 9.30am to 5.30pm (last tour 4.30pm)
Sunday: 11.30am to 4.00pm (last tour 3.00pm)

During the school holidays Exeter’s Underground Passages are extremely busy. To avoid disappointment please ring in advance to check availability and reserve spaces on a tour.

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


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