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Underground Passages

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Address: 2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
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Sun 10:30 - 16:00
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Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street...

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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Really interesting but not for anyone claustophobic

We found it very interesting but if you are at all claustrophobic this is not for you, the tunnels are very narrow. Also beware if you have any walking or bending down issues, or... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Helston, United Kingdom
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Helston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We found it very interesting but if you are at all claustrophobic this is not for you, the tunnels are very narrow. Also beware if you have any walking or bending down issues, or if over 5.8. When young and fit and not having to walk with a stick I have down a fair share of caving and live down... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of those unusual attractions that you come across once in a while. Tours are at set times so you can book at a time to suit you and come back when ready. There is a information room, then a short film to watch before you venture down into the passages. You need to wear a hard hat which is... More 

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Woolacombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I never knew this existed, even though I've walked past countless times. It's was really interesting, although the tour isn't very long. Also very good for kids

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Thank Pete H
Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited here with a college group. The passages where not as long as I expected but we did get to crawl through an "optional" small space. The tour guide was very knowledgeable but you couldn't spend more than half an hour in here. Not much to see

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting place was something definitely wanted to visit.....if you claustrophobic not for you as some passageways very tight. Takes about 35 mins including video explaining how passageways came to be and why. Option to go through a passageway about meter high ( could not do myself as prolapsed discs in back playing up). Wear sensible shoes and clothing. Opens mid... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A really enjoyable and informative day out. I personally left the tunnel's knowing significantly more about Exeter's history. For those blessed with girth the manhole is a tight squeeze. Got a lucky on a Tuesday afternoon and got a private look around with our excellent and informative guide Allan. Highly recommend to anyone looking to learn a bit more about... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting place, lots of history & a knowledgeable guide work well ! Some of the passages are quite narrow & low headroom.

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Oxford, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not quite sure £6 for an adult represents the best value but in a city whose charms are not always in plain site, the Underground Passages have an interesting story to tell and an original experience to offer.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A tour was £6 per adult which was reasonable, you are shown a film at the start of the tour explaining why the passages were built and who by, and their history. Then you don a hard hat and venture in to the tunnels. The tunnels are low and for the first part you are bending over slightly but there... More 

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really had agreat time here a last minute booking and we were not expecting much as to be honest the web site is not that inspiring. However we were very pleasantly surprised. A really interesting visit with an amazing tour guide GIna who really brought history alive for the kids and big kids ! Well worth a visit our... More 

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