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Underground Passages

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Address: 2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA, England
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+44 1392 665887
09:30 - 17:30
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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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The "have nots" had to make do with water from the river hundreds of years ago when these passages were built, and as a result thousands died from cholera and lots of other nasty... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Banbury, United Kingdom
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The "have nots" had to make do with water from the river hundreds of years ago when these passages were built, and as a result thousands died from cholera and lots of other nasty things. The "haves" got their water brought in from healthier sources through pipes which were laid through these passages, which can now be visited in an... More 

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Gunnislake, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting trip in the historic underground passages. Very engaging and knowledgable guide added to a fantastic experience

Thank Micheleelmore1
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My grandaughter (7) loved going through the passages, difficult for larger people (husband 6'4") though, got to do it though.

Thank Halina M
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting walk under the streets of Exeter in the tunnels which previously held the water pipes bringing water into the city and cathedral. Dark, narrow tunnels...be warned....but interesting guide with loads of information.

Thank dianephuller
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

The tour guide was very informative. The tunnels can get very small in places so best make sure your not claustrophobic.

Thank Sophia R
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Wasn't good wasn't bad. Glad I didn't pay for myself, otherwise I doubt I'd be as positive about the experience (was on a work day out)

Thank billshot
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

A fascinating insight into the history of the city. It is not a good place if you don't like confined spaces as the passages do get very narrow.

Thank 209pennie123
Devon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

As someone who visits Exeter regularly I was aware of the Underground Passages but never knew what they were or why they were there. A visit with grandchildren gave us the opportunity to visit them and both generations found them fascinating. The small Museum and the briefing video gave an excellent introduction. It was into the passages and after wondering... More 

Thank Abbotsham
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Very interesting visit. Short film to 'set the scene'. Some narrow passages with LOW ceilings. Knowledgeable guide.

Thank Geoff S
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Very low for me (1,83m) we gave up. Not able to stay around 20 minutes walking bent like a "C", but has a great historic value. I've spinal problems, it's not good for me.

Thank JoseCarlosDeOliveira

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