Exeter Cathedral

The Cloisters, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HS

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Exeter Cathedral is a testament to the creativity, skill and devotion of those who built it. Dating back 900 years, it is one of England's most beautiful medieval cathedrals and one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture in this country. It is most famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings and the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. Of note are the Minstrels' Gallery, the 15 Century Astronomical Clock, a complete set of Misericords and the highly decorated tombs, bosses and corbels. The library contains the famous 'Exeter Book' of Anglo-Saxon verse, the Exon Domesday and many other historical documents.

Visitor facilities include a well-stocked shop and onsite café, serving a range of light lunches, afternoon teas and light snacks.

The Cathedral prides itself on its choral tradition which dates back nearly 900 years. At 17.30 on most weekdays the Cathedral Choir sing Evensong. The service is free to attend, lasts 45 minutes, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Cathedral receives no funding from the government or the Diocese of Exeter. An admission fee is payable by visitors, which contributes to the £1.3million annual operating cost.

PLEASE NOTE : There is never a charge to pray or attend a service in the Cathedral and all are welcome. Details of service times can be found on the link

 

Reasons to Visit :

Exeter’s #1 attraction (as reviewed on TripAdvisor)

900 years of history in one of England’s most beautiful Cathedrals

Expert guided tours, trails and activities all within the admission price

Pay once and return as many times as you like within 12 months (with GiftAid)

 

Looking for somewhere to enjoy a cup of tea or a light lunch? Why not try our Cathedral Café?

Our excellent cafe has opening times from 9.30am - 4pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) and offers excellent value for money and a warm welcome in an ancient setting. (Please note the cafe is closed over the Easter weekend)

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.50 per ticket
Child under 18 free if accompanied by adultFree
Students & Senior Citizens£5.00 per ticket

For group prices please visit Exeter Cathedral's website.

There is a charge to enter the Cathedral unless you are visiting us for prayer or to attend a service. This charge contributes to the huge cost (over £1.3 million a year) of maintaining this beautiful and historic building.

Opening Times

Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00*
Sunday11:30 - 17:00*

* There are times when the Cathedral closes for special services or other events, sometimes at short notice.
Sundays open from 11.30am
• Expert guided tours, trails and activities all within the admission price
• Pay once and return as many times as you like within 12 months (with GiftAid)


Please check with the Visitors Office 01392 285983 before making a special journey.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

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

Catering

  • 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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Road Directions

Nearest major road is M5.

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Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Exeter Central.

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Recent Reviews:

  • Chris B
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Exeter Cathedral
    5 of 5 stars
    19th Sept 2018
    Didn’t realise how old the cathedral was we took about an hour to walk around it lots of information about it history we enjoyed it very much,will visit it again next time we are in Exeter Read full review
  • Lance A
    Ivybridge, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Why is this not the top attraction in Devon?
    5 of 5 stars
    16th Sept 2018
    Exeter Cathedral is the most historic and important site in Devon. It is world class and a must see. I have lived in Devon all my life and I don't see how you can rank a llama farm or a chilli farm... Read full review
  • Pfadfinder
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Another beautiful cathedral
    5 of 5 stars
    15th Sept 2018
    One of many gorgeous cathedrals in England. (There are a lot of them) A delightful place to visit - and not far from shopping and restaurants. Makes for a delightful morning. Read full review

Events

10th Nov 2018 - 10th Nov 2018

Exeter Cathedral - Bruckner Mass in E minor & Rutter RequiemBruckner Mass in E minor & Rutter's Requiem performed by the acclaimed Exeter Philharmonic Choir in Exeter's historic cathedral.
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15th Nov 2018 - 16th Dec 2018

Exeter Christmas MarketExeter Christmas Market on Cathedral GreenThis year's Christmas Market will run from Thursday 15th November until Sunday 16th December organised by Exeter Cathedral.
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15th Dec 2018 - 15th Dec 2018

Exeter Cathedral - Exeter Festival Chorus ConcertExeter Festival Chorus close its 25th anniversary year by proudly performing in Exeter's historic cathedral a choral concert of special music with conductor Nigel Perrin and featuring The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Lympstone and guest artist Roderick Williams baritone. en ...
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Awards

  • Devon TourismDevon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp Devon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp 2017

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