Exeter Underground Passages, Exeter, Devon
If you have a thing for history you’ll find Exeter Underground Passages fascinating; for one thing you won’t find anything quite like this anywhere else in the UK so even if you’re not great in confined spaces you should be big and brave and face your fears because it’s well worth it. Just think, there you are deep beneath the city streets; up above you all the hustle and bustle goes on, people shopping, catching buses, meeting up with friends for lunch….
These vaulted passages were built in the 14th century to bring clean drinking water into the Exeter from the springs outside the old city walls, and tours have been conducted here since the 1930’s. Before you go into the passages you go through the Interpretation Centre which has a full size model and high-speed video fly though of the passages, and a talking figure of a medieval man who might have worked here repairing the lead pipes that brought the water in.
Allow about an hour for your tour in total, make sure you have sensible shoes on and are dressed warmly enough as it can get a tad chilly in the tunnels. Bear in mind that they don’t allow under 5’s on tours.
Open: June-Sept: Mon-Sat 9.30am – 5.30pm Sun 10.30am – 4.00pm
Oct-May: Tues-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm Sat 9.30am-5.30pm Sun 11.30am-4.00pm
T: 01392 665887 All information correct at the time of writing