The gateway to Rougemont Castle contains the oldest non-ecclesiastical Norman arch in the country.It was built after William the Conqueror marched into Exeter to resolve the first English Rebellion against his authority in 1068.The inner bailey of the Castle houses the county court built in 1774 for the assizes and is not opened to the public but you can explore the walls and gardens.
Powderham castle has been doing live concerts for the last few years,if you are visiting Exeter you might want to check the local press to see who is appearing there.In the past we have had Sir Elton John,Status Quo,Blue,West Life,shirley Bassey and Will Young. Its lovely going to see a concert in beautiful grounds.
One of Exeters most popular places to see is the Cathedral,It was built 1114 Norman times.It was finnished around 1375.Inside the Cathedral it has the longest unbroken gothic vault ceiling in Europe,with sculptured bosses.One of the bosses from 1350 shows the murder of Thomas a Becket..Also to be seen inside the cathedral are the Bishops Throne.
These medieval passage ways were built to supply some of Exeter with a constant supply of fresh water from the springs outside the walls.The water would travel through lead pipes.The pipes would sometimes leak,therefore to save alot of expense and digging up, the passage ways were built in the 13th century .Visitors can take a guided tour through the tunnels.
While you are at Powderham castle,take a look around the grounds they are beautiful,there is a childrens secret garden,they will take you there by tractor and trailer,you can visit the iron monger on route.
The museum which is situated in the town has lots of information on Exeter through the ages,it also has collections of silver,ceramics,fine arts,antiques and zoological presentations.The cost is free to visit and is opened daily throughout the year.
The Guildhall dates back to 1330 and is the oldest municipal building in the country.It has had various work done.A rebuild in the 15th century and new pillars and front in the 16th century,it is still in use today holding meetings,official receptions and the annual Mayors banquet.,
While taking a shortcut on the way back to the car I was surprised to stumble across some great remains of a great Chapel and Almshouses. They were founded by Canon John Stevens in 1457 to house thirteen poor men.
In 1894, Lady Hotham financed their restoration and they were handed over to the Church Army as a hostel. During the second war, servicemen were billeted in the buildings. The bombing of May 1942 destroyed the Almshouses and Chapel. Rather than clear the ruins, the City Council landscaped the ruins as a memorial to that dreadful night. The redevelopment of Princesshay has seen the area behind the ruins opened out and rear access created.
Glass panels have been erected where doorways used to be. In the glass panels you can see pieces of pottery, jugs and other historic finds which have been excavated at the site.
If this is your thing Exeter Cathedral is simply magnificent.
Rather than me gibbering away I'll let it speak for itself: visit the website, it has everything, from a guided tour to links to academic references.
The pic is of the statue of Richard Hooker on the Cathedral Green in front of the Norman North Tower. Richard Hooker is sometimes referred to as "The Father of Anglicanism" and was born locally at what was then the separate town of Heavitree. His education was at the Exeter High Street Grammar School before attending Christ Church College in Oxford where he became a tutor and subsequently took Holy Orders.
His "Opus Magnum" was the 8-volume "Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity" which advocated that Anglican Protestantism should "...hold up the highest ideal of a church...[and be]...open and tolerant."
His writings provided the basis for the philosophical evolution of the present-day Church of England and are still used as references when the church's Synod considers modern theological challenges.
Cathedral close is where the highest concentration of Grade 1 listed buildings are in Exeter,with narrow Tudor lanes branching off.There are some lovely little shops and cafes along here or you can sit in the grounds of the Cathedral.
Quayside is just only fews minutes walk from the Exeter Cathedral. This is the place where you can treated yourself with very fine Devon cream teas and other nice restaurants or even cruise along in a nice sunny day.. Wow here is my favourite place !!
PS: My favourite tea room is on the 'Restuarant page'
Powderham castle is the historic home to the Earl of Devon.Its a medieval fortress set in acres of deer park.You can go on guided tours of the magnificent state rooms.We loved the ghost storys and the secret doors.
Outside the Cathedral is just as breathtaking as inside.Underneath the Cathedral green is a Roman bath house,it now lies hidden,it was excavated in the 1970s and after a few years was covered over again.
A Norman Romanesque Cathedral was first built on the site of the Present Cathedral in 1114, it was two thirds of the lengh of the present building. The Norman Cathedral was re-built in 1265 and over the years has been enhanced and re-built in the decorative Gothic style and has since been preserved and protected in order to create the masterpiece which we see today. It is one of the most visited places in the west country. It has the longest uninterrupted medieval gothic vaulting in the world. If you are feeling particularly flush you can part with £8.50 and take a roof tour which takes you can walk along the medieval vaulting and climb to the North Tower where on a clear day you get some great views over the City. (251 steps in total).
Opening times and Prices;
Monday - Saturday
Open: 09.00am Last Entry: 4.45pm
Seniors and students £3.50
Within a family children under 18 years are free.
Running around Rougemont Castle,these gardens are beleived to be the first public gardens to be built in the country.They are also home to the 1914-1918 war memorial.In the summer the gardens look beautiful with all the flowers,there is also plenty of seating areas.