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Exeter Cathedral

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1a The Cloisters

Exeter Cathedral is one of England's most beautiful Medieval cathedrals and represents one of the finest examples of Decorated Gothic architecture in the country. For centuries Exeter has been dominated by the Cathedral with its two massive Norman towers and its West Front decorated with sculptures of kings, saints and angels.

Inside the Cathedral are treasures in abundance: an astronomical clock more than five hundred years old, the Great Organ still in its original position since 1665, the Minstrels' Gallery with carvings of angels playing fourteenth century instruments and a Vault which stretches unbroken for one hundred metres.

There is a huge medieval window with nineteen full-length figures including Sidwel, the local saint, and a fifteenth century wall painting. Around the north and south wall of the Nave are cushions, on the original stone plinths, which depict the history of the Cathedral, city and county from Roman times to the present day. Together with the natural colours of the stone the whole building creates a space for peace and meditation, while offering much for the visitor to see.

There are regular daily services, which visitors are welcome to attend, as well as concerts, organ recitals and other cultural events.

Guided tours are available daily. Group and Education bookings can be made through the group booking co-ordinator +44 (0) 1392 285983 groupbookings@exeter-cathedral.org.uk.

The Cathedral Shop is open Monday to Saturday 9.45am to 4.45pm, except when services are taking place. The shop stocks a wide variety of books, compact discs, cassettes, postcards and gifts.

The Refectory is situated in the Cloisters. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.45am to 4.45 pm serving coffee, tea, lunches, home-made cakes, scones, etc.

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Exeter Cathedral Postcode for SatNav: EX1 1HS


+44 (0)1392 285 983 (General Office & Cathedral)
+44 (0)1392 477 913 (Cathedral Services)
+44 (0)1392 285 986

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