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Red Coat Guided Tours

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2. Winter 2021/22 tour programme

Tour Programme for 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022

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, there is a limit of 5 people per tour.

Our walking tours depart from the Hooker Statue on Cathedral Green (*apart from the Historic Quayside and Canal Trip tours) 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 midnight of the day before. 

Please note: Booking for the tours listed below is not available until Monday 18 October 2021.


Forgotten  Exeter

Monday  11am  & Thursday 11am

Be intrigued by hidden corners and curios of the city, long since gone from memory. The tour is mainly focused on the North West corner of the city within the city walls. Tuesday’s tour finishes outside St. Nicholas Priory and Thursday’s tour finishes outside Tuckers Hall on Fore Street.


Cathedral to Quay 

Tuesday 2.00pm & Friday 2.00pm

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.


Ghosts & Legends 

Tuesday  7.00pm

Find out why Exeter is reputed to be one of the most haunted cities in the country. Visit many of Exeter’s historic buildings and listen to chilling tales about their ghostly history. Suitable for all ages.

On Sunday 31 October there will be additional Ghost & Legends tours at 6.30pm and 7.00pm


Medieval Exeter

Wednesday 11.00am & Saturday 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.


Cathedral Close & Bishop's Palace Garden

Wednesday 2.00pm

See how the buildings in Cathedral Close have evolved through time before exploring a section of the City Wall and entering the Bishop's Palace Garden itself, enjoying unique views of the Cathedral and learning of the development of the Palace and its uses over 800 years. This tour finishes on Cathedral Close


Exeter Old & New

Thursday 2.00pm & Sunday 2.00pm

Learn about Exeter’s history from pre-Roman times to the present day. Visit the 11th century Castle Gatehouse – probably Britain’s oldest Norman building – and Northernhay Gardens, the first public gardens in the country.


Introducing Exeter

Saturday 2.00pm (1 Hour)

This circular taster tour does exactly what it says in the title; glimpses of over 2,000 years of history, and introducing visitors to Exeter of its rich and varied past.


Exeter’s Historic Quayside

Sunday 11.00am

Starting at the Custom House, discover the port of Exeter, once one of Britain's busiest, and hear about its fascinating history. Stroll out and back along the river and canal and finish at the Custom House.


All tours must be booked in advance, and by midnight of the day before. 


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

  • All tours must be booked in advance, and by midnight of the day before.
  • The number of people on a tour will be restricted.
  • Face coverings are not mandatory but strongly recommended.
  • A social distance of 2 metres is recommended.
  • 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 19 October 2021