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Exeter's Red Coat Guided Tours


 Red coat tour guide with group on Exeter Quay

Red Coats Guided Tours Programme 

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, may only exceed 15 people at the guide's discretion 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.

Dates for your diary:

Heritage Open Days: 6-15 September 2024

 

GROUPS TOURS & TALKS

Red Coat Group Tours, Coach Commentaries and Illustrated Talks

Groups of 6 or more are not permitted on public tours. Group Tours, Coach Commentaries and Talks must be booked in advance and incur a small charge. A minimum of 14 days' notice is required.

If you wish to make a group booking, please contact guidedtours@exeter.gov.uk 

 

SPECIAL TOURS

Online booking essential in advance

All special tours start at the Hooker Statue on Cathedral Green unless otherwise stated.

 

Royalty in Exeter

Saturday 15 June at 11.15am & Thursday 14 November at 11.15am

Book online/ More Info

 

Red Coat Mystery Tour

Sunday 24 December & Monday 1 January at 11am

 

Writers Around Exeter

Thursday 6 March 2025 at 11.15am

 

Herstories

Saturday 8 March 2025 at 11.15am

 

Special Talks:

Tales of the Land and Songs of the See

at Custom House Visitor Centre

Sunday 26 May & Sunday 8 September at 2pm

Book online/More Info

 

Enquiries:

Exeter's Red Coat Guides, Exeter Tickets, 89 Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3HX

T: 01392 265866 Email: redcoat.admin@exeter.gov.uk

Custom House Visitor Centre, The Quay Exeter EX2 4AN

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

 

SUMMER PROGRAMME 2024

1 April 2024 – 30 September 2024

Daily Tour Programme until 30 September 2024

Tours depart from the Richard Hooker statue on Cathedral Green unless otherwise stated.

 

Forgotten Exeter

Monday 11.00am & Thursday 11.00am

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. Monday's tour finishes outside St. Nicholas Priory and Thursday’s tour finishes outside Tuckers Hall on Fore Street.

This tour is not accessible to wheelchairs & mobility scooters

 

Medieval Exeter

Monday 2.00pm, Wednesday 11.00am & Sunday 11.30am

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.

 

Cathedral to Quay

Friday 11.30am & Sunday 2pm

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.

 

Tudor Exeter

Monday 11.30am & Friday 11am

Some of the surviving buildings from the turbulent Tudor period.

 

Ghosts & Legends 

Thursday 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.

 

Heart of Exeter and the Devon & Exeter Institute

Wednesday 2pm

From ancient times to present day - discover Exeter on this thought provoking tour.

 

Exeter Old & New

Thursday 11.30am & Saturday 11.00am

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.

 

Introducing Exeter

Tuesday 11am (1 hour)

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.

 

Exeter’s Historic Quayside

Tuesday 11.30am & Saturday 2pm

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.

 

Exeter's City Wall (2 hours)

Wednesday 11.30am & Sunday 11am

Discover the fabulous history of the Roman's City Wall, of which 70% still remains.

Some uneven surfaces and steep slopes.

 

Churches, Cemeteries & the Catacomb

Tuesday 2pm

Visit some of the city's medieval churches and burial grounds, and, if the bats allow, discover the cathedralesque Victorian Catacombs.

Entry to the catacomb is dependant on bat activity and may not always be possible.

 

Canal Boat Trip (July - August) 1 hour

Wednesday 11am

A brief description of the Historic Quayside, followed by a 20-minute one-way trip along the canal as far as Double Locks pub. You may wish to buy a return fare on the boat.

There is a fee for this tour. Tickets available from the boat operator.

Tour starts from outside the Custom House Visitor centre

 

Georgian Exeter

Friday 2.00pm

Hear how Exeter’s transformation came about, from industrial hub into an elegant Georgian city. Discover how trade was replaced with commerce. Explore the architectural splendours of Southernhay and find out about some of the colourful characters that resided in Exeter at the time. This tour finishes in Princesshay.

 

Markets, Merchants & Mariners

Thursday 2pm

Exeter's commercial prosperity, past and present, will be highlighted by this walk through some of its lesser known areas. It will also introduce you to some truly fascinating characters whose lives contributed to the story  of this ancient city.

 

Royalty in Exeter

Saturday 11.30am

A new tour that highlights visits to the city by Royalty, from Alfred the Great on the 9th century through to the present day. And they weren't all gracious visits!

 

Please note that online booking is no longer required.

If you wish to make a group booking, please contact guidedtours@exeter.gov.uk 

 

WINTER PROGRAMME 2024/2025

1 October 2024 – 31 March 2025

Daily Tour Programme until 31 March 2025

Please note that online booking is no longer required.

No tours on 25 & 26 December 2024.

Throughout the period of Exeter Cathedral's Christmas Market all tours (unless stated otherwise) will start outside the Devon & Exeter Institution, No 7 Cathedral Close

 

Forgotten Exeter

Monday 11.00am & Thursday 11.00am

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. Monday's tour finishes outside St. Nicholas Priory and Thursday’s tour finishes outside Tuckers Hall on Fore Street.

This tour is not accessible to wheelchairs & mobility scooters

 

Medieval Exeter

Monday 2.00pm & Saturday 2pm

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.

 

Cathedral to Quay

Tuesday 11am & Friday 2pm

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

Friday 11am

Hear how Exeter’s transformation came about, from industrial hub into an elegant Georgian city. Discover how trade was replaced with commerce. Explore the architectural splendours of Southernhay and find out about some of the colourful characters that resided in Exeter at the time. This tour finishes in Princesshay.

 

Ghosts & Legends 

Tuesday 7.00pm

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.

 

Cathedral Close & Bishop's Palace Garden

Wednesday 2.00pm

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

This tour is not accessible to wheelchairs & mobility scooters

 

Exeter Old & New

Thursday 2.00pm

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.

 

Introducing Exeter

Sunday 2.00pm (1 hour)

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.

 

Exeter’s Historic Quayside

Sunday 11.00am

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.

 

Tudor Exeter

Tuesday 2pm

Some of the surviving buildings from the turbulent Tudor period.

 

City Wall

Wednesday 11am

Discover the fabulous history of the Roman's City wall, of which 70% still remains. Some uneven surfaces and steep slopes.

 

Royalty in Exeter

Saturday 11am

A new tour that highlights visits to the city by Royalty, from Alfred the Great in the 9th century through to the present day. And they weren't all gracious visits!

 

Please note that online booking is no longer required.

If you wish to make a group booking, please contact guidedtours@exeter.gov.uk