Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in the country. Dating back 900 years, it is considered a remarkable feat of creativity, design, and engineering, and a model example of decorated gothic architecture.
The most notable features of this impressive building are its two Norman towers, stunning stained glass windows, intricate West Front carvings, astronomical clock, and the longest unbroken stretch of gothic vaulting in the world. During your visit, you can take a free tour with one of the cathedral’s knowledgeable guides. You will learn about the Minstrel’s Gallery, the complete set of Misericords, the decorated tombs, bosses, and corbels, and the historical documents in the library, including the the famous ‘Exeter Book’ of Anglo-Saxon verse, the Exon Domesday.
Rooftop tours are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from July to November, weather permitting. They offer behind-the-scenes access to the South and North towers, with spectacular view of Exeter city and beyond.
Visitor facilities include a well-stocked shop with all sorts of memorabilia and quality goods. There is also an onsite café, serving a range of light lunches, afternoon teas and light snacks. A perfect place to take a pit-stop during your visit.
The Cathedral receives no funding from the government or the Diocese of Exeter. A modest admission fee is payable when you visit, which contributes to the substantial costs required to keep the cathedral running and in good repair. However, there is never a charge to pray or attend a service in the Cathedral and all are welcome. Evensong is especially worth attending, as the 45 minute service starting at 17:30 has attendance by the Cathedral Choir, who give enchanting performances.
Main Features: Cathedral, Cafe, Shop
Attraction Type: Cathedral/History
Nearest Town: Exeter
Disabled Access: Yes