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 The library contains the famous 'Exeter Book' of Anglo-Saxon verse, the Exon Domesday and many other historical documents.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 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
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
  • 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
  • Min group size - 10
  • 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:

  • MagdaMN
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    The guide holds the key to the Cathedral.
    5 of 5 stars
    19th Mar 2019
    The Cathedral is beautiful, well looked after and the Guide who showed me the place was nothing short of amazing. Happy to answer any question, a pure well of knowledge. Read full review
  • Judychallis
    Herne Bay, United Kingdom
    Beautiful cathedral
    5 of 5 stars
    19th Mar 2019
    The vaulted ceiling is one of the most awe inspiring I’ve seen. The Bishop’s throne is also remarkable. We entered at the end of a service and joined in until it was over and visitors allowed to... Read full review
  • AmieLW96
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Beautiful cathedral
    5 of 5 stars
    19th Mar 2019
    The cathedral is beautiful. Lots of history and beautiful architecture throughout. I was a little surprised by the amount of the entrance fee considering we just wanted to walk around, not be... Read full review

Events

4th July 2019 - 6th July 2019

Exeter Craft Festival 2019This 3- day Festival of Arts and Crafts is a celebration of the very best artists & makers based in the South West is one of the major highlights of the Exeter's cultural calendar. In the historic setting of Exeter’s Cathedral Green this very special event will take place over three days on...
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Awards

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

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