Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon

Exeter Cathedral stands on the green in the heart of the city just as it has for hundreds of years, although parts of it had to be rebuilt after a night of bombardment in the Second World War. Luckily, most of the treasures had been moved to a safer place so you can still see them. The cathedral is famous for a lot of things - the rich carvings on the West Front Image Screen, the medieval stained glass in the Great East Window and the astonishing 14th century stone vaulted ceiling of the nave and the quire, the longest continuous one of its kind in the world. 

Other glories include the medieval Bishop's Throne carved from Devon oak and the Exeter Astronomical Clock which is a fascinating working model of the solar system as it was understood in the 15th century. On the north side of the nave, in the Minstrels Gallery, if you look up, you'll notice the colourfully painted angels playing musical instruments. And that's another thing about Exeter Cathedral - when you look about you'll see that it's very colourful, from the statues and the roof bosses to the embroidered cushions that line the nave, over 70m long, known as the Exeter Rondels. 

Join a free guided tour, tuck in to tea and cake in the cafe, treat yourself to a little souvenir of your visit; most of all, enjoy the mellowness. 

The cathedral is open daily for prayers and worship and is generally open to visitors from 9.00am-5.00pm.

All information correct at the time of writing

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