Heritage Open Days: Romanesque to Gothic: A tale of two Cathedrals

The Cloisters, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HS

Tel: 01392 285983

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Exeter Cathedral West Front


This outdoor tour looks at the exterior of the Cathedral and considers the successive phases of medieval building work from the twelfth century onwards, starting with a Norman cathedral and culminating in the current decorated Gothic cathedral. The tour discusses why some parts of the Norman structure were retained and what the influences were on the styles of the two cathedrals. What is unique about Exeter Cathedral, and how has its external appearance evolved over nine hundred years? To what extent would the structure we see today be recognisable to those who lived in previous centuries?

Friday 10th Sept, 2.30pm

Duration: 90 minutes (includes visit to the Library and Archives).

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      • Gift Shop


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


      • 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
      • Min group size - 10
      • 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
      • 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.

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