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Exeter Guildhall, Exeter

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The Guildhall has served as the center piece of Exeter's civic life for more than 800 years and has now opened its large oak doors for Weddings and Civil Partnerships.

One of the oldest buildings in Exeter, the Guildhall is not only a structure of outstanding architectural interest, but remains a busy working building, still used regularly for a variety of civic functions

Many of the dramatic events of Exeter 's history were played out here. Since the Middle Ages Kings have been received and entertained here. In the 15th Century men and women were confined overnight in the hall before facing execution the next day on a scaffold outside. Here the Tudor Chamber met to take action against rebellious armies outside the city walls, and determined the city's course as it rose to commercial prosperity; men and women had been sentenced to the gallows or deported from here; Lord Mayors have been elected; Members of Parliament have been chosen; Honorary Aldermen were appointed… now you too can make history.

The Guildhall is also available for private booking and tours.
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  • A magnificent old building,the front entrance door alone is from the 1500's. Its a free entry location so it makes no sense not to call in for a few minutes and view what was once the centre of commer...  more »
  • Free entry to this medieval hall straight off the High Street. It is an impressive hall and well worth a detour. Some good paintings on display including daughter of Charles 1, and General Monk. Two m...  more »
  • Great shopping centre in the heart of the city. Loads of great shops including Superdrug, CEX and a large Primark amongst many others. Only downside is that it's not fully enclosed so can be a bit col...  more »
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