The 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.
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.
Tel: 01392 665887
During school holidays, advance booking is essential.
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)
The Underground Passage can be found at 2 Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 1GA.
Details about prices and special events can be found in our information leaflet.