Exeter's Underground Passages, C. Pincesshay & High Street, Exeter

Exeter's Underground Passages, C. Pincesshay & High Street, Exeter

Medieval passageways

Exeter's Underground Passages are medieval tunnels running underneath the city of Exeter. The tunnels were built to supply water to the city. 'No similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain.' (Source: guidebook available on site)

Today, you can experience a guided tour in the tunnels.



Exeter's Underground Passages are located at the top of Exeter Princesshay. John Lewis is across the way.

We've positioned the passages on Google maps so zoom in to see their location.


Film, guided tour and visitor centre

You watch a short film outlining the history of the tunnels before putting on a hard hat for a guided tour. It's great fun, especially for kids, but one to avoid if you are claustrophobic. 

There's also a visitor centre with plenty of information boards, a reconstruction of the tunnels and a small section of the original medieval lead piping through which the water flowed.


Water in the City

If Exeter's Underground Passages are of interest, read Mark Stoyle's 'Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter'. Expensive but worth it.


Rainy day activity

If it's raining, this is a top rainy day activity for Exeter, Devon and South West England.


Also see

Whilst you're in the city, we'd recommend visits to Exeter Cathedral and Exeter's Historic Quayside.

Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) is superb.