Special Tours

Tour and Draw

Enjoy a mini-tour of Exeter Cathedral followed by an opportunity to draw a particular aspect of it – all with the help of illustrator and tour guide Olivia Palmer.

You will explore an area of the building, learn about its architecture and history, and study its decorative qualities. Then it’s off with your sketchbook to draw a view or feature, with Olivia on hand to offer guidance and encouragement.

There will be touring and drawing in different areas of the Cathedral over a period of a few weeks, so feel free to join us more than once!

This activity is suitable for adults of all artistic abilities, so why not come and try something new?

Schedule

Tuesday 4th January – The Nave

Tuesday 11th January – The Crossing

Tuesday 18th January – The Quire

Tuesday 25th January – The Presbytery

Tuesday 1st February – The Quire Aisle

Please bring your own sketchbook or paper & clipboard, along with dry art materials, such as pencils, pen and charcoal.

Price: £10 per person + booking fee

Duration: 2 hours

Exeter Cathedral Roof Tour

This fascinating behind-the-scenes tour takes you into the roof void high above the Nave, into the South Tower, the Lead Room and the Ringing Chamber and then through the spaces in the North Tower. If weather permits we extend the tour onto the North Tower to enjoy some of the best views of Exeter (and beyond).

To ensure our visitors are safe we have limited the ticket capacity for each tour.

Tour Length: 90 minutes

Ticket Price: Adult £12.50 + booking fee (includes admission to the Cathedral)

Bell Ringers Roof Tour

Climb high above the Nave, walking the length of the famous vaulted ceiling before enjoying spectacular views from the North Tower.

This fascinating tour takes you into the roof void above the Nave, and into the South Tower, to explore the secret spaces of the Cathedral roof. Weather permitting, the tour is extended onto the North Tower to enjoy some of the best views of Exeter (and beyond).

After taking in the views, make your way to the Bell Ringing Chamber to meet the Society of Ringers, who will show you how this fabulous practice has continued throughout the centuries.

To ensure our visitors are safe we have limited the ticket capacity for each tour.

Tour Length: 2 hours

Ticket Price: Adult £20 + booking fee (includes admission to the Cathedral)

Romanesque to Gothic: A Tale of Two Cathedrals

This outdoor tour looks at the exterior of the Cathedral and considers the successive phases of medieval building work from the twelfth century onwards, starting with a Norman Cathedral and culminating in the current decorated Gothic Cathedral. The tour discusses why some parts of the Norman structure were retained and what the influences were on the styles of the two cathedrals. What is unique about Exeter Cathedral, and how has its external appearance evolved over nine hundred years? To what extent would the structure we see today be recognisable to those who lived in previous centuries? ‘

Tour Length: 60mins

Ticket Price: Standard Admission + booking fee (includes admission)

Lady Chapel and Bishop’s Palace Garden Tour

This historical tour offers a journey through time starting at the earliest days of the building of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral, looking around the Lady Chapel from the inside and out, before ending up in the private gardens of the Bishop of Exeter. Its histories range from Roman times to yesterday, and as the tour develops, you’ll not only unlock the secrets of the palace, but find out about the history and makeup of all of Exeter. As this tour takes place largely outside, please be sure to check the weather and bring waterproofs and an umbrella if necessary!

Tour Length: 90mins

Ticket Price: £10.00 + booking fee (includes admission)

Returning in Spring 2022

 

Stones and Bones: The Cathedral Precinct Tour

Delving into the history of the Green, we explore the fascinating surrounds of the Cathedral as you have never imagined them, tracing its history from Roman times to the present day. Discover Exeter’s cemetery (you may be surprised!) and find out about the buildings of the Close as well as the construction of both the Norman and the Gothic Cathedrals. As this tour is outside, please be sure to check the weather and bring waterproofs and an umbrella if necessary!

Tour Length: 90mins

Ticket Price: £10.00 + booking fee (includes admission)

Returning in Spring 2022