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Visiting Exeter Cathedral

Looking for something to do during your visit to Devon? Why not visit Exeter Cathedral?

Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Located in the centre of the city, there has been a Cathedral on the present site for nearly one thousand years. The imposing towers of today’s Cathedral date from the early 12th century. They form the majority of what remains of the Norman Cathedral which was replaced from 1270 -1340 by the beautiful Gothic building we see today with its famous West Front and elegant Nave. It is a rich resource of art, craft, symbolism and architectural detail. The Cathedral is, as it always has been, the jewel in the heritage crown of the county of Devon, as well as the seat of the Bishop and the Mother Church of the Diocese.

The building itself is a remarkable feat of engineering, design and craftsmanship. It has the longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting in the world, stunning stained glass windows and an intricately carved image screen on the West Front.

Pilgrims and visitors have been making their way to Exeter Cathedral since medieval times and remains one of the most visited places in the West Country.

Opening times
Admission 
Audio guide
Tower and roof tours
Cathedral Shop
Cathedral Café
Accessibility 

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday 9.00 - 17.00 (last entry)
Sunday 11.15 - 17.00 (last entry)

There are times when the Cathedral closes for special services or other events, sometimes at short notice.

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

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Admission

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. 

We ask that groups book in advance, and offer discounted rates on the standard admission price (please click here)

Cathedral Admission

Adults                  
                                   
Seniors and Students    
    
Children under 18           
(within a family group)

Friends of the Cathedral*
  
Residents' Card holders*
£6

£4

Free


Free

Free

Combined ticket (Cathedral and North Tower+)

Adults                  
                                   
Seniors and Students    
    
Children under 18           
(within a family group)

Friends of the Cathedral*
  
Residents' Card holders*
£8

£6

£3


£3

£3

* upon presentation of a valid Friends' or Residents' card.
+ More information about Tower Tours including access and suitability can be found below.

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Audio Guide

An informative Audio Guide to the Cathedral (in English and German) is available to hire from the Welcome Desk for just £1.50.
The English version of the guide (voiced by actor John Nettles) is also available to download as an app for mobile devices.

Download the Exeter Cathedral Audio Tour

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Tower and Roof Tours

We are currently booking tours of the Cathedral roof space as well as shorter tours to the top of the North Tower.

Both of these tours offer the chance to take photographs from the top of the North Tower and enjoy stunning views over the city and beyond (weather permitting!)

Tower tours generally run several times a day, seven days a week.
Roof tours generally run on Tuesdays at 14.00, Saturdays at 11.00 and other times by appointment.

Advance booking is essential. Please contact 01392 285983.

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Cathedral Shop

Situated inside the Cathedral, our Shop offers a wide range of gifts, CDs and other souvenirs of your visit, including our official Souvenir Guide.

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday 9.00 - 17.00
Sunday 11.15 - 17.00

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Cathedral Café

The Cathedral Café serves breakfast from 8.00 Monday to Saturday and subsequently offers a range of morning coffee, light lunch and afternoon tea until 16.00.

Click here for more information.

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Accessibility and disabled visitors

The Cathedral (with the exception of the roof space), Shop and Café  are accessible to disabled visitors. 

Wheelchairs are available - please book these in advance.

Toilets - there are limited facilities for disabled visitors - please ask if you require more information

Dogs (on leads) are welcome to Cathedral Green but only assistance dogs are permitted inside the Cathedral.

Photography is permitted for personal use. Commercial enquiries should be directed to the Visitors' Office 01392 285983
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