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Underground Passages

2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
+44 1392 665887
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Had expected more

To be fair I was comparing this tour with one I had done in Newcastle the week before which was a 1... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A lot smaller as a Adult

I went to the passages as a kid when at primary school and in some places it was tight then some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sean c
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain. The Passages have long exercised a fascination over local people, with stories of wars and sieges, plague and pestilence! Their purpose was simple: to bring clean drinking water from natural springs in fields lying outside the walled city, through lead pipes into the heart of the city. The pipes sometimes sprang leaks and repairs to buried pipes could only be carried out by digging them up as we do today. To avoid this disruption the passages were vaulted and it is down some of these vaulted passageways that visitors are guided.The Passages are dark and narrow with a fascinating history. Visitors can experience interactive and educational exhibits in the Underground Passages Heritage Centre and watch a short video presentation before their guided tour.
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2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
+44 1392 665887
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Reviewed 6 days ago

To be fair I was comparing this tour with one I had done in Newcastle the week before which was a 1 hour tour by a fun and entertaining and knowledgable guide. The Exeter passages are a lot narrower but also have hundreds of years...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the passages as a kid when at primary school and in some places it was tight then some 28 years later and a couple pounds heaver it was not getting any bigger . I went in may when they had a ww2...More

Thank sean c
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very interesting thing to do....learned a lot about Exeter's history. You definitely need your hard hat...I hit my head several times! If you feel at all claustrophobic then this wouldn't be for you. It is very cramped down there. Fortunately you're only down there...More

1  Thank Slarahplayskool
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is good but you only get to explore a small part of the system. You probably only underground for 30 mins but it is interesting. Worth the 6 quid to get in

Thank mark c
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Grew up in Exeter but never visited the tunnels. Decided to do it on a very hot day with the kids, (16/11) Interesting view of the city, history and great tour guides.

1  Thank Julie H
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Arrived coming up to 10.20am and were advised the next tour was 11.30am. We booked and were advised to come back 10 mins early so we could visit the heritage centre before our tour. The person who took our booking was at pains to tell...More

Thank DonnaGetMeStarted
Reviewed 10 June 2017

The entrance to the Underground Passages is surprising as it looks like one of the very modern shops in the new shopping area.. The welcome is warm and there is a lift to take those with restricted mobility down to the passages. A short film...More

Thank Penny G
Reviewed 7 June 2017

The staff and information provided was excellent. A very interesting visit and an unusual thing to do. A bit of an adventure too for younger children and teenagers alike. The time in the tunnels was short but long enough to see what they were like!

Thank Andrimont
Reviewed 6 June 2017

I was hoping for more but was left disappointed, it was nice to see but if you're expecting amazing please don't. On the plus side it was reasonably priced.

3  Thank Chris_Ridgwell
Reviewed 5 June 2017

The entrance is easily passed by Initially you think it's part on Next store BUT once you've paid ( only £5 each for seniors) the first thing you experience is a short video then you are taken down and into the passages by a guide...More

1  Thank lynneshaw3
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Jayne M
22 March 2017|
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Response from ginakennedy | Property representative |
Hi Jayne! Regrettably, due to the nature of the medieval passages, we are unable to permit dogs on tours. Kind regards, The Passages Team
Kaiya M
26 September 2016|
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Response from Clare W | Reviewed this property |
You will need to if you go at the weekend , much quieter in the week but the guilds are at slotted times . Book via web site or phone
11 April 2016|
Response from Staff P |
Apologies for the delay in replying but this account isn't regularly monitored. Prices are as follows: Adults: £6.00 Concessions: £5.00 Children: £4.00 Family ticket (up to 2 adults & 3 children): £18.00 Tours run hourly or... More