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Exeter's Red Coat Guided Tours


 Red coat tour guide with group on Exeter Quay

 

Update 24 March 2021We are aiming to open our Red Coat Tours on 1 May 2021 and will be offering the daily tours as listed below.

The City's FREE award winning Red Coat Guided Tours are provided by Exeter City Council and are the perfect way to explore Exeter, one of the oldest cities of England.  Run by experienced qualified volunteer guides a variety of tours are available, each one focusing on a different aspect of Exeter's history and culture.

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

Our walking tours depart from the Hooker Statue on Cathedral Green (apart from the Historic Quayside tour) and last approximately 60 minutes. 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.

Bookings will be available from Monday 19 April 2021

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have had to introduce some further restrictions:

  • All tours must be booked in advance, and by 4.00pm of the day before.
  • NHS Track & Trace details will be collected when a booking is made.
  • Tours will be limited to a maximum of 5 people.
  • Face coverings are not mandatory but strongly recommended.
  • A social distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.
  • 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.

 

Enquiries:

Custom House Visitor Centre, The Quay Exeter EX2 4AN

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

 Daily Tour Programme 1 May - 30 June 2021

Special Tours: Exeter Blitz 

Tuesday 4 May at 2pm, 2.15pm & 2.30pm

Discover how Exeter was affected by the air raids of 4 May 1942. Find out about the devastating Baedeker raids on this annual commemoration and how this event shaped the city we see today.

 

Cathedral to Quay

Monday at 11am & Friday at 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.

 

Exeter's Historic Quayside

Tuesday at 11am

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.

 

Medieval Exeter

Wednesday at 11am & Saturday at 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

 

Forgotten Exeter

Thursday at 11am

Be intrigued by hidden corners and curios of the city, long since gone from memory. The tour is mainly focused of the north west corner of the the city within the city walls. The tour finishes on Fore Street

 

Ghosts & Legends 

Thursday at 7.00pm

Exeter is reputed to be of one of the most haunted cities in the country. Hear chilling stories about many of the historic buildings within the city. Suitable for all ages

 

Exeter Old & New

Sunday at 11am

Discover the history of Exeter from pre-Roman times to the present day. Visit the 11th century Castle Gatehouse, probably Britain’s oldest surviving Norman building, and Northernhay Gardens, the first public garden in the country. The tour finishes outside the Guildhall