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Red Coat Guided Tours

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2. Winter 2020/21 tour timetable

Update 31 December 2020: Due to the current Tier 3 restrictions, our Red Coat Guided Tours are cancelled until further notice.

Winter Programme 19 October 2020 – 31 March 2021

Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England with Exeter’s Red Coat Guides.

These FREE guided walking tours operate daily throughout the year, offering a wide range from which to choose.

Meet your Red Coat Guide at the starting point and discover historic Exeter for yourself.

Tours will only go ahead with a minimum of two people on the tour and may be subject to cancellation without notice.

Our walking tours depart from the Hooker Statue on Cathedral Green and last approximately 60 minutes. All tours start promptly at the time advertised.

Only assistance dogs are permitted on tours, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

All tours must be booked in advance, and by 4.00pm of the day before, please visit the Corn Exchange website to book your place.

Please note that there will be no tours on 25 & 26 December.

 

Monday

Cathedral to Quay - 11.00am

Starting in the picturesque Cathedral Close, proceed into elegant Southernhay before viewing the impressive city wall. The tour then continues to the river Exe and finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

 

Tuesday

Georgian Exeter - 11.00am

Discover how Exeter changed from an industrial hub into an elegant Georgian city. Hear about the royal visit in 1789. See the historic George’s Meeting House and then admire Southernhay, a street of elegant Georgian townhouses, before learning of Exeter’s progress into the 21st century. The tour finishes in the Princesshay shopping centre.

  

Wednesday

Medieval Exeter - 11.00am

This tour celebrates the time when Exeter grew rich from the woollen cloth trade. See many of the surviving medieval buildings, including "the house that moved", then walk across the Medieval Exe Bridge to view the restored Cricklepit Mill. The tour finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

 

Thursday

Forgotten Exeter - 11.00am

Be intrigued by hidden corners and curios of the city, long since gone from memory. The tour is mainly focused of the north west corner of the the city within the city walls,. The tour finishes on Fore Street.

 

Friday

Cathedral to Quay - 11.00am

Starting in the picturesque Cathedral Close, proceed into elegant Southernhay before viewing the impressive city wall. The tour then continues to the river Exe and finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

 

Saturday

Medieval Exeter - 11.00am

This tour celebrates the time when Exeter grew rich from the woollen cloth trade. See many of the surviving medieval buildings, including ‘the house that moved’, then walk across the Medieval Exe Bridge to view the restored Cricklepit Mill. The tour finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

 

Sunday

Exeter Old and New - 11.00am

Discover the history of Exeter from pre-Roman times to the present day. Visit the 11th century Castle Gatehouse, probably Britain’s oldest surviving Norman building, and Northernhay Gardens, the first public garden in the country. The tour finishes outside the Guildhall.

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have had to introduce some further restrictions:

  • NHS Track & Trace details will be collected when a booking is made.
  • Tours will limited to a maximum of 5 people.
  • Face coverings are not mandatory but strongly recommended.
  • A social distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.
  • Do not attend a tour if you are feeling unwell
  • Tours will only enter sites or properties that are covid secure.
  • Please do not just turn up to a tour if you have not booked, the guide will not let you join the tour.

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Last updated 30 December 2020