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Underground Passages

Exeter Underground Passages

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.


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.

Tel: 01392 665887

During school holidays, advance booking is essential, please call us on the number above to make your booking.

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)

Under 5’s are not permitted on tours of the Underground Passages, however they can visit the Heritage Centre for free, but need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Entry fees

Adult  £6.00 
Concession (students & over 60’s) £5.00
Child £4.00
Family (up to 5 people including children) £18.00 

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

Adult £5.00 
Concession (students & over 60’s) £4.50
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 2017

Group booking form

Access Statement For Exeter's Underground Passages


When this content has been updated

Last updated 3 September 2018