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Exeter Cathedral

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Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Located in the centre of the city, there has been a Cathedral on the present site for nearly one thousand years. The imposing towers of today's Cathedral date from the early 12th century. They form the majority of what remains of the Norman Cathedral which was replaced from 1270 -1340 by the beautiful Gothic building we see today with its famous West Front and elegant Nave. It is a rich resource of art, craft, symbolism and architectural detail. The Cathedral is, as it always has been, the jewel in the heritage crown of the county of Devon, as well as the seat of the Bishop and the Mother Church of the Diocese.

The building itself is a remarkable feat of engineering, design and craftsmanship. It has the longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting in the world, stunning stained glass windows and an intricately carved image screen on the West Front.

Pilgrims and visitors have been making their way to Exeter Cathedral since medieval times and remains one of the most visited places in the West Country.

Guided tours of the cathedral take place throughout the year, details of which along with more information on the cathedral and its history, are available on the Exeter Cathedral website.

Entrance fees

There is a charge to enter the Cathedral unless you are visiting us for prayer or to attend a service.
This charge contributes to the huge cost (over £1.3 million a year) of maintaining this beautiful and historic building.

Adult: £6
Senior/Student: £4
Child under 18: Free within a family group

Groups: Special rates available when booked in advance. Telephone 01392 285983 or email

There is also more information about the history of the cathedral in the History of Exeter section.

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