Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

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Take a look at the Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours 2021 winter programme here!

 

Daily tour programme 2021

Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England with Exeter’s Red Coat Guides.

These FREE guided walking tours operate daily throughout the year, offering a wide range from which to choose.

Meet your Red Coat Guide at the starting point and discover historic Exeter for yourself.

Tours will only go ahead with a minimum of two people and may be subject to cancellation without notice, the number of people on a tour is restricted.

Our walking tours depart from the Hooker Statue on Cathedral Green (apart from the Historic Quayside tour) and last approximately 90 minutes, unless otherwise stated. All tours start promptly at the time advertised.

Only assistance dogs are permitted on tours, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

All tours must be booked in advance, and by midnight of the day before. 

 

Red Coat Guided Tours - Winter Programme from Monday 1 November 2021 until Thursday 31 March 2022

Booking available form Monday 18 October 2021

 

Forgotten Exeter

Monday 11am  & Thursday 11am

 Be intrigued by hidden corners and curios of the city, long since gone from memory. The tour is mainly focused on the North West corner of the city within the city walls. Monday's tour finishes outside St. Nicholas Priory and Thursday’s tour finishes outside Tuckers Hall on Fore Street.

 

Cathedral to Quay 

Tuesday 2.00pm & Friday 2.00pm

Starting in the picturesque Cathedral Close, proceed into elegant Southernhay before viewing the impressive city wall. The tour then continues to the river Exe and finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

 

Ghosts & Legends 

Tuesday  7.00pm

Find out why Exeter is reputed to be one of the most haunted cities in the country. Visit many of Exeter’s historic buildings and listen to chilling tales about their ghostly history. Suitable for all ages.

On Sunday 31 October there will be additional Ghost & Legends tours at 6.30pm and 7.00pm

 

Medieval Exeter

Wednesday 11.00am & Saturday 11.00am

This tour celebrates the time when Exeter grew rich from the woollen cloth trade. See many of the surviving medieval buildings, including ‘the house that moved’, then walk across the Medieval Exe Bridge to view the restored Cricklepit Mill. The tour finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

 

Cathedral Close & Bishop's Palace Garden

Wednesday 2.00pm

See how the buildings in Cathedral Close have evolved through time before exploring a section of the City Wall and entering the Bishop's Palace Garden itself, enjoying unique views of the Cathedral and learning of the development of the Palace and its uses over 800 years. This tour finishes on Cathedral Close

 

Exeter Old & New

Thursday 2.00pm & Sunday 2.00pm

Learn about Exeter’s history from pre-Roman times to the present day. Visit the 11th century Castle Gatehouse – probably Britain’s oldest Norman building – and Northernhay Gardens, the first public gardens in the country.

 

Introducing Exeter

Saturday 2.00pm (1 Hour)

This circular taster tour does exactly what it says in the title; glimpses of over 2,000 years of history, and introducing visitors to Exeter of its rich and varied past.

 

Exeter’s Historic Quayside

Sunday 11.00am

Starting at the Custom House, discover the port of Exeter, once one of Britain's busiest, and hear about its fascinating history. Stroll out and back along the river and canal and finish at the Custom House.

 

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have had to introduce some further restrictions:

All tours must be booked in advance, and by midnight of the day before. 

The number of people on a tour will be restricted

Face coverings are not mandatory but strongly recommended.

Maintaining a social distance of 2 metres is recommended

Do not attend a tour if you are feeling unwell

Tours will only enter sites or properties that are covid secure.

 

Please do not just turn up to a tour if you have not booked, the guide will not let you join the tour. 

Out of consideration for the guides and others on the tour, you must not attend if you have symptoms or have recently been exposed to Covid-19.  If neither of those apply to you then we would strongly encourage you to take a lateral flow test before joining a tour, and only attend if the test is negative.

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AdultFree
Adult Group£5.00 per ticket
ChildFree
Child Group£2.50 per ticket

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* Tours not available on Christmas Day or Boxing Day

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