Why do we have an admission charge?
You may be surprised to hear that the Cathedral receives no regular funding from the Church of England or the UK Government to support its work. We kindly ask our tourists and sightseers to pay a modest admission fee which is an important part of our annual income.
Your visit therefore helps to meet our responsibility to maintain and support one of the country’s finest Cathedrals for future generations.
Children under 18 FREE (within a family group)
There is never a charge to worship or pray in Exeter Cathedral, and everyone is welcome.
Admission for accompanying carers is free for sightseeing (if you are attending an event then please check with the event organiser).
Reasons to visit
One of Exeter’s top attractions
Visitors to the Cathedral consistently give “excellent” or “very good” feedback on TripAdvisor. The highlight for many visitors is often being able to explore the Cathedral and its beautiful architecture with one of our knowledgeable guides. Tours usually run several times a day and even if a guide is not available you will still be able to use an audio handset free of charge.
900 years of history in one of England’s most beautiful Cathedrals
Exeter Cathedral stands on a site which has been at the centre of the city since Roman times. The Cathedral was ‘founded’ by King Edward the Confessor in 1050 AD and the current building dates back to 1114 AD. Inside you’ll find a building which has lived through war, political unreset, the Exeter Blitz and much more.
Free for children!
A visit to the Cathedral is perfect for families as all children under 18 (in a family group) visit for free! There are special activity trails and explorer backpacks for children too.
Pay once, visit all year
UK taxpayers who choose to Gift Aid their admission receive a 12-month pass at no extra charge, meaning you can come back as often as you like.
By choosing to Gift Aid you allow us to claim back additional money on your entry fee at no extra cost to you!
Exeter Cathedral offers a Residents’ Card, offering people living in the city (postcodes EX1-EX4) free entry to their Cathedral during normal visitor hours. Once you have received your card, simply present it each time you visit the Cathedral. Those living outside the city boundaries who can Gift Aid their admission can pay to visit just once and get an annual pass, or anyone can join the Friends of Exeter Cathedral and so gain a host of other benefits, including talks and discounts at the Cathedral café and shop. Apply for your Residents’ Card here and bring it with you when you next visit. Once you’ve completed your form, please email it to [email protected] or send it via post to 1 The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS.