Exeter Cathedral, officially known as the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, is a stunning example of Gothic architecture located in Exeter. Its origins date back to 1050, though the current structure was largely completed by 1400. One of its most remarkable features is the longest uninterrupted medieval vaulted ceiling in the world, an intricate expanse that stretches 96 metres.

Visitors to Exeter Cathedral can marvel at the impressive west front, adorned with a gallery of carved figures, including kings, knights, and biblical scenes. Inside, the astronomical clock, dating back to the 15th century, is a fascinating sight with its intricate design depicting the medieval understanding of the universe. The cathedral’s misericords, carved wooden seats in the quire, are noteworthy for their intricate and sometimes humorous designs. The Bishop’s Throne, a towering piece of medieval woodwork, stands as a testament to the craftsmanship of the period.
Guided tours offer deeper insights into the cathedral’s history and architecture, including the rooftop tour, which provides panoramic views of Exeter from the top. The cathedral’s library and archives house a rich collection of medieval manuscripts and rare books.
Visitors can also explore the cathedral green, a tranquil space perfect for relaxation and reflection. Throughout the year, the cathedral hosts a variety of events, including concerts, exhibitions, and special services, enriching the visitor experience.

The cathedral’s close proximity to the city centre allows easy access to local shops, cafes, and historical sites, making it a central part of any visit to Exeter.

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