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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. Put Exeter Cathedral and other Exeter attractions into our Exeter online visit planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • A magnificent cathedral! Visit at the time of closing, with a repeat of musicians and singers. A must see,
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  • It is shame that building is looking a bit sad outside. Lots of the peoples on the wall are wearing away. Bad weather is not good for this building. Inside was nice. However, living in Rome, we have m...  more »
  • This has to be one of the most stunning Cathedrals we have ever visited. A beautiful part of the country.  more »
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  • I visited the Cathedral last Spring as part of a study regarding musical instrumentation during the 1500s. The staff were very accommodating, thorough and knowledgeable. I was able to use all of the information to achieve a top mark, was able to take photos, write notes and add some solid primary references due to the staff's knowledge, understanding and patience. The setting is simply beautiful, the building is simply fascinating, a true mark upon history, located in a wonderful setting. The interior speaks for itself, a flurry of historical embrace situated within a reverberated hall of mass historical value. As an academic and a resident of Exeter, I really could not rate the historical values of the Cathedral highly enough. If you get a chance to visit, I would recommend it.
  • Love this place so much. I don''t think that you can find a more peaceful place in Devon for a spot of contemplation. It is cared for with heart by the staff and council that are responsible for it. From the outside grounds to the outside mortar. A real historic site that deserves to be preserved. The poor high street paid the price for the bombings in Exeter trying to get to this amazing site. Glad they missed.
  • I visited this stunning cathedral on a beautiful spring day. The outside and inside are truly stunning and it is a must see on your visit to Exeter. There are many shops and restaurants near it and it is on a pedestrian side of the city. Well worth it.
  • A beautiful building, situated on some beautiful grounds. The inside is stunning and well worth the price of admission. The staff there are very knowledgeable and seemed very happy to teach.
  • One of the most beautiful places in England. Everything is so nice and beautiful. We managed to be there on Easter Sunday, and you can't explain the beauty and tranquillity in this place. Truly place to visit if you're staying in Exeter or near it.
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