Exeter's Underground Passages

Museum and Tunnel in Exeter

Exeters Underground Tunnels
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Malcolm Etherington

Exeter’s unique Underground Passages offer a fascinating look at the city’s early infrastructure. Dating back to medieval times, the city’s unique network of underground passageways and tunnels were originally built to provide clean drinking water from a series of springs located outside the city walls.

The only such water system in Britain, it initially consisted of a series of lead pipes, with the tunnels we see today added later to allow repairs and upgrades to be carried out underground without causing disruption for the city folk moving about on the streets above.

A visit to Exeter’s Underground Passages includes:

  • a 10 minute film presentation
  • a 25 minute tour underground
  • an opportunity to explore the exhibition.

The Exeter's Underground Passages appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Exeter!

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Visiting Exeter's Underground Passages


9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, 10.30am-4pm Sun Jun-Sep, 10.30am-4.30pm Tue-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm Sat, 11.30am-4pm Sun Oct-May


adult/child £6/4

Address: 2 Paris Street, Exeter, Devon
Duration: 20 minutes

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