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Exeter Cathedral, Exeter

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With the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England, an early set of misericords, and a historic clock dating back to 1484, Exeter Cathedral is one of the country’s finest religious structures. A well-preserved example of Gothic architecture, the building was completed around 1400, impressively featuring over 400 ceiling bosses, one of which depicts the murder of Thomas Becket. The minstrels’ gallery, dating to around 1360 and unique in English cathedrals, includes a front decorated with 12 carved and painted angels playing musical instruments. Join a guided tour to climb the North Tower, which offers sweeping views of the city center and beyond. End your visit at the cathedral’s cafe, featuring a stone ceiling and 18th-century stained-glass windows. A visit to Exeter Cathedral represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Exeter holiday planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Exeter Cathedral if you like Wells Cathedral then you are sure to like this it is a monumental masterpiece of engineering you will be stricken with awe lots to see they have various treasures includin...  more »
  • We took a friend here from Germany, we all loved it, evening song is just stunning, well worth a visit  more »
  • As I predicted, the suggested donation scheme was a trial introduction run for a an entrance fee, the cathedral was built and is owned by the people of Exeter. I accept that maintenance is needed but ...  more »
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  • Perfect place to relax on the green garden. Calm atmosphere. Amazing building outside and inside. You can find the Red Coat Guides meeting point close to the cathedral and enjoy different city tours.
  • A true place of worship shouldn't charge for admission. But instead rely on voluntary donations. Charging 7.50 could be interpreted as an insult to the founders and builder. Either commercialise, relinquish tax breaks and charge entrance or stay a humble religious institution and rely on that what people give you. Allegedly, in christian religion, poverty is considered a virtue.
  • Worth going in to see the amazing interior. You can pick up a brochure with a 2-for-1 voucher from the tourist info center to save £7.50 per couple.
  • We wanted to do the rooftop tour, since they usually start in end of April, beginning of May, but sadly no luck this time. Staff don't really seem to enjoy their jobs there - or maybe we just encountered them on a bad day. They weren't very helpful - they couldn't give us a date when they would resume these tours, so... Too bad. We were only in the foyer, but the place looks pretty grand. I thought that you could visit it on your own for free, but no, there is either a guided tour, or a self-guided tour, both for a fee. They are also raising funds at the moment through a Lego build of the cathedral. You can donate £1 in exchange for 1 Lego brick.
  • A nice place to relax (on the green) during the summer. A good variety of more unusual trees including an Exeter Elm and a Lumcombe Oak. The Cathedral itself is very attractive and appears to be well maintained. The Red Coat tours also include some of the details and history of the Cathedral which was very good. Entry is a bit on the steep, I assume this is to help go towards the general upkeep.

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Where to stay in Exeter

Quayside lodging provides access to restaurants and pubs with a hip, urban vibe. Exeter's city center is dotted with both boutique hotels and hotel chains that are near shopping and museums. Consider a B&B near the Exeter Cathedral for a peaceful and scenic stay close to the city's main architectural attraction.
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