Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon
Gothic architecture at its finest and a lovely setting on the cathedral green in the heart of Exeter where you can browse the shops or sit outside one of the cafes and take in the ambience. The cathedral has many remarkable features, including the West Front Image Screen with rich carvings of plants and animals, and three rows of statues in niches; inside the 14th century stone vaulted ceiling of the nave and the quire is to be marvelled at, likewise the medieval stained glass in the Great East Window. Don’t miss the Minstrels Gallery on the north side of the nave, with colourfully painted angels playing musical instruments, nor the Exeter Astronomical Clock, a working model of the solar system as it was understood in the late 15th century. Carved from Devon oak, the Bishop’s Throne is one of the best examples of medieval woodwork in Europe; it was among several items removed from the cathedral to be stored safely during the Second World War; good job too as the cathedral suffered much damage when it was bombed in 1942.
Free tours are run by experienced guides several times a day and there’s a cathedral shop selling souvenirs and gifts; the café, with its fan vaulted ceiling, is an absolute gem.
Exeter 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