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Exeter's Red Coat Guided Tours

 Red coat tour guide with group on Exeter Quay


Daily Tour Programme 2021/2022

Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England with Exeter’s Red Coat Guides.

These FREE guided walking tours operate daily throughout the year, offering a wide range from which to choose.

Meet your Red Coat Guide at the starting point and discover historic Exeter for yourself.

Tours will only go ahead with a minimum of two people and may be subject to cancellation without notice.

Our walking tours depart from the Hooker Statue on Cathedral Green (apart from the Historic Quayside tour) and last approximately 90 minutes, unless otherwise stated. All tours start promptly at the time advertised.

Only assistance dogs are permitted on tours, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


  • All tours must be booked in advance, and by midnight of the day before.
  • The number of people per tour is limited.
  • Face coverings are not mandatory but strongly recommended.
  • A social distance of 2 metres is recommended.
  • Do not attend a tour if you are feeling unwell
  • Tours will only enter sites or properties that are Covid secure.
  • Please do not just turn up to a tour if you have not booked, the guide will not let you join the tour.



Custom House Visitor Centre, The Quay Exeter EX2 4AN

T:01392 271611 E:customhouse@exeter.gov.uk


All tours must be booked in advance, and by midnight of the day before


Red Coat Guided Tours - Winter Programme

From Monday 1 November 2021 until Thursday 31 March 2022


Forgotten Exeter

Monday 11am & Thursday 11am

Be intrigued by hidden corners and curios of the city, long since gone from memory. The tour is mainly focused on the North West corner of the city within the city walls. Tuesday’s tour finishes outside St. Nicholas Priory and Thursday’s tour finishes outside Tuckers Hall on Fore Street

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Cathedral to Quay

Tuesday 11am & Friday 11am

 Starting in the picturesque Cathedral Close, proceed into elegant Southernhay before viewing the impressive city wall. The tour then continues to the river Exe and finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

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Ghosts & Legends

Tuesday 7pm

Find out why Exeter is reputed to be one of the most haunted cities in the country. Visit many of Exeter’s historic buildings and listen to chilling tales about their ghostly history. Suitable for all ages.

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Medieval Exeter

Wednesday 11am & Saturday 11am

This tour celebrates the time when Exeter grew rich from the woollen cloth trade. See many of the surviving medieval buildings, including ‘the house that moved’, then walk across the Medieval Exe Bridge to view the restored Cricklepit Mill. The tour finishes on Exeter’s Historic Quayside.

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Cathedral Close and Bishop's Palace Gardens

Wednesday 2pm

 See how the buildings in Cathedral Close have evolved through time before exploring a section of the City Wall and entering the Bishop's Palace Garden itself, enjoying unique views of the Cathedral and learning of the development of the Palace and its uses over 800 years. This tour finishes on Cathedral Close

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Exeter Old and New

Thursday 2pm & Sunday 2pm

Learn about Exeter’s history from pre-Roman times to the present day. Visit the 11th century Castle Gatehouse – probably Britain’s oldest Norman building – and Northernhay Gardens, the first public gardens in the country.

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Introducing Exeter

Saturday 2pm

This circular taster tour does exactly what it says in the title; glimpses of over 2,000 years of history, and introducing visitors to Exeter of its rich and varied past.

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Exeter's Historic Quay

Sunday 11am

Starting at the Custom House, discover the port of Exeter, once one of Britain's busiest, and hear about its fascinating history. Stroll out and back along the river and canal and finish at the Custom House.

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All tours must be booked in advance, and by midnight of the day before