Heritage Open Days

Date: 10th September 2021 - 17th September 2021
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Exeter Cathedral is delighted to be participating in Heritage Open Days 2021. We’d love you to come and join us.

Please see below a list of all the different FREE tours we have on offer this year. To make things extra special at the end of your tour, a member of our Library and Archives team will escort you to view some documents from our treasured collections relating to this year’s theme ‘Edible England’.

Advance booking is essential. For more information and to book tickets, please click the links below.


Ground Floor Guided Tours
One of our experienced guides will lead you through the Cathedral on an enthralling tour. Discover the characters that have influenced the Cathedral through its long history, hear about the building of this ancient masterpiece and uncover secrets from its past.

Friday 10th Sept, 10.30am
Monday 13th Sept, 10.30am
Wednesday 15th Sept, 10.30am
Thursday 16th Sept, 10.30am
Friday 17th Sept, 10.00am

Duration: 90 minutes (includes visit to the Library and Archives).

Find out more here.


Romanesque to Gothic: A tale of two Cathedrals
This outdoor tour looks at the exterior of the Cathedral and considers the successive phases of medieval building work from the twelfth century onwards, starting with a Norman cathedral and culminating in the current decorated Gothic cathedral. The tour discusses why some parts of the Norman structure were retained and what the influences were on the styles of the two cathedrals. What is unique about Exeter Cathedral, and how has its external appearance evolved over nine hundred years? To what extent would the structure we see today be recognisable to those who lived in previous centuries?

Friday 10th Sept, 2.30pm

Duration: 90 minutes (includes visit to the Library and Archives).

Find out more here.


The Corbels of Exeter Cathedral
Learn more about the highly decorative projections at the top of the pillars supporting the vault above (known as corbels). Among them are many fascinating images: kings and queens, musicians and a tumbler, green men and even a dragon! (Binoculars an advantage.)

Monday 13th Sept, 2.30pm

Duration: 90 minutes (includes visit to the Library and Archives)

Find out more here.


The Medieval Stained Glass of Exeter Cathedral
This tour looks at the windows that have survived the Reformation & Civil War. We’ll discuss the special qualities of medieval glass; the fabrication and restoration of the windows, and the glaziers involved. Containing the earliest documented stained glass in the country, Exeter Cathedral boasts a proud heritage. (Binoculars an advantage.)

Wednesday 15th Sept, at 2.30pm
Duration: 90 minutes (includes visit to the Library and Archives)

Find out more here.


Roof Tour
This fascinating tour takes you into the roof void high above the Nave, into the South Tower, the Lead Room and the Ringing Chamber and then through the spaces in the North Tower. Weather permitting, the tour is extended onto the North Tower to enjoy some of the best views of Exeter (and beyond).

Thursday 16th Sept, 2.30pm
(Roof Tour Terms & Conditions can be viewed here.)

Duration: 90 minutes (includes visit to the Library and Archives)

Find out more here.


As an additional extra we’re offering you a 10% discount in our shop (excludes stamps and vouchers) and at our outdoor refreshments van. Please present your ticket to a member of staff when making a payment.

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