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Exeter's Red Coat Guided Tours

 Red coat tour guide with group on Exeter Quay


Update 31 December 2020: Due to the current Tier 3 restrictions, our Red Coat Guided Tours are cancelled until further notice.


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.

Daily until 31 March 2021

All tours depart from the Hooker Statue on Cathedral Green

Walking tours last approximately 90 minutes

Guided tours may be subject to cancellation without notice

Guided Tours will only go ahead with a minimum of 2 people


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

  • All tours must be booked in advance, please visit select a tour from the list below to register
  • NHS Track & Trace details will be collected when a booking is made
  • Tours will 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


Custom House Visitor Centre, The Quay Exeter EX2 4AN

T:01392 271611


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.


Georgian Exeter

Tuesday at 11am

Discover how Exeter changed from an industrial hub into an elegant Georgian city. Hear about the royal visit in 1789. See the historic George’s Meeting House and then admire Southernhay, a street of elegant Georgian townhouses, before learning of Exeter’s progress into the 21st century. The tour finishes in the Princesshay shopping centre


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


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