History and Heritage

When it comes to history and heritage, Exeter is bursting at the seams. Pre-dating the arrival of the Romans in AD 50, the city’s history is rich and long. This is reflected in its fascinating collection of heritage attractions, many of which are free to visit.

Exeter Cathedral
In the heart the city stands the majestic Exeter Cathedral. With 900 years of history, this magnificent building is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture to be found anywhere and one of the greatest cathedrals in England. For those with a head for heights, there are special Roof and Tower tours available, providing panoramic views of Exeter and beyond.

Underground Passages
Constructed in medieval times, this network of medieval vaulted passageways was built to bring spring water in to the city. Guided tours operate daily, and there is a fascinating heritage centre to discover.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Go on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day, and from Exeter all around the world. With a changing programme of stunning displays and prestigious loans and exhibitions from national partners, there is always something new to see in this beautiful Victorian building.

Red Coat Guided Tours
Take in many of Exeter’s architectural treasures and hidden gems on a guided walking tour or alternatively pick up a trail map and experience one of three self-guided walks around Exeter. A great way to get beneath the skin of Exeter’s fascinating and sometimes turbulent past.

St Nicholas Priory
Visit Exeter's past in the city's oldest building. F
ounded by William the Conqueror in 1087 then turned into a rich merchant’s town house after the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII, St Nicholas Priory is a strong reminder of Exeter's past.

Powderham Castle
Venture beyond the city walls and discover further heritage attractions, including 
Powderham Castle, the ancestral home of the Earl of Devon.