Devon and Exeter Institution - Heritage Open Days Tours & Workshops

Devon and Exeter Institution, 7 Cathedral Close, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1EZ

Tel: 01392 274727

Devon and Exeter Institution - Heritage Open Days Tours & Workshops


The Devon and Exeter Institution is an independent library and educational charity in the heart of Exeter.   Join us for external tours of the building or enjoy our workshops for all ages in the Institution’s garden.Browse our illustration collection online and find out about the former residents of the West Quarter.    

Live programme:

Saturday 12 September – Make a Terrarium 

Learn how to make a miniature garden with this fascinating craft.   All materials will be provided in this free session / booking essential / 5 places per workshop.  Places are free but booking essential.

11am- 12pm – Children  (5+) – Make a Terrarium

1pm – 2pm  – Adults – Make a Terrarium 


Wednesday 16 September - Heritage Outside tour

The DEI team will be offering external tours of our historic site.  Our tour includes areas not previously accessible to the general public and visitors will find out about the fascinating history of our building, parts of which date from the 12th Century.

Tours are available from 1pm-4pm, tours every half hour.  

Places are free and drop in  / sign up on the day


Saturday 19 September  – Floral Fun

All materials will be provided in this free session / booking essential / 5 places per workshop

11am- 12pm – Children (5+) – Paper Bouquet Making 

Make paper bouquets inspired by the Institution garden

Materials for the flowers will be supplied but please do bring along an old plastic bottle to recycle for a vase, if you wish

1pm – 2pm  – Adults  – Botanical Masters 

Join us for an hour’s drawing in the Institution garden.  Inspired by our collection of botanical dictionaries, we will be creating our own plant-themed masterpieces

Please book for workshops here:  / Tours are drop in and sign up on the day

Online programme:

Collections Explorer:  Explore our newly digitised illustration collection including many never-before-seen views of our region’s natural history.


The West Quarter Research Group  who are based at the Institution will be publishing a blog on ‘Life in 11 and 12 West Street in the early Twentieth Century’ 


If you’re not able to join us in person, take one of our virtual tours.

Guide Prices

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Free AdmissionFree

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





  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access

Opening Times

Devon & Exeter Institution (11 Sept 2020 - 20 Sept 2020)

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