Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon
Exeter Cathedral stands on the green overlooked by shops and cafes in the heart of this Devon city and if you happen to be in Exeter shopping or exploring, it's worth making time to go and have a look round this Gothic masterpiece. See the three rows of statues carved in niches on the West Front Image Screen, the famous Exeter Rondels, over 70 metres of embroidered cushions that lines the sides of the Nave, and the painted angels playing musical instruments in the Minstrels Gallery. The Nave and the quire have an incredible 14th century stone vaulted ceiling, look up and it will take your breath away; it's the longest continuous medieval stone vault in the world.
And there's more to marvel at - the carved oak Bishop's Throne, one of the finest examples of medieval woodwork in Europe, the Exeter Astronomical Clock depicting the solar system as it was understood in the 15th century, and the astonishing medieval stained glass of the Great East Window. Free tours are run by knowledgable guides several times a day, so tag along and let them tell you more.
Round off your visit with a light lunch or a hearty slice of cake in the Cathedral cafe; enjoy the hush and perhaps another moment of silence before you return to the hustle and bustle of the city streets.
Exeter Cathedral is open daily for prayers and worship and is generally open to visitors from 9.00am-5.00pm.
All information correct at the time of writing