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Underground Passages

Exeter Underground Passages

These medieval passages have always fascinated local people, with stories of wars and sieges, plague and pestilence. They were designed to bring clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city, through lead pipes into the heart of the city. The pipes sometimes leaked and repairs to buried pipes could only be carried out by digging them up as we do today. To avoid this disruption the passages were vaulted and it is down some of these vaulted passageways that visitors are guided.


Opening Hours

Due to the nature of the Underground Passages tour times are subject to change. It is always advisable to contact us before your visit.

During school holidays, advance booking is essential. Please call us on this number to make your booking:

Tel: 01392 665887


June to September

Monday - Saturday: 9.30am to 5.30pm (last tour 4.30pm)

Sunday: 10.30am to 4.00pm (last tour 3.00pm)

October to May

Tuesday to Friday: 10.30am to 4.30pm (last tour 3.30pm)

Saturday: 9.30am to 5.30pm (last tour 4.30pm)

Sunday: 11.30am to 4.00pm (last tour 3.00pm)



Visitor Information

  • First tour generally starts half an hour after opening and at regular intervals throughout the day.

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your tour is due to start.

  • Under 5s are not permitted on tours of Exeter’s Underground Passages, but free access to the exhibition is permitted with an accompanying adult.

  • Wheelchair and pushchair access is restricted to the exhibition only.

  • Visitors should be aware that the Passages are constricted and low in places and are not suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia.

  • Sensible footwear is recommended.

  • We are unable to take tours containing only one person.

  • During school holidays and at weekends we are very busy, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Gifts and souvenirs are available.


Entry fees

Adult  £7.00 
Concession (students & over 60’s) £5.50
Child £4.50

Family (up to 2 adults and up to 3 children)


Group discounts (require booking at least 14 days in advance plus £25.00 deposit)

Adult £5.50 
Concession (students & over 60’s) £5.00
Child £3.50 


Further information

The Underground Passage can be found at 2 Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 1GA.

Details about special events can be found in our information leaflet.

Exeter Underground Passages Leaflet 2019/20

Group booking form

Access Statement For Exeter's Underground Passages



When this content has been updated

Last updated 22 September 2019