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A Guided Tour of Exeter’s Gothic Cathedral & its Library Mark Cottle Wednesday 13 March 2019

At Exeter Cathedral. Meet there at 9.30 for 10am, or join our minibus service from Liskeard (see below). The Exeter visit is planned to end at around 3-3.30pm.

Described as England’s most beautiful Decorated Gothic Cathedral by English Heritage, Exeter Cathedral is a striking example of this style. Imposing Norman towers flank a massive 14th century nave with the longest unbroken rib-vaulted ceiling of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.  In terms of aesthetics, acoustics and engineering it marks a high point in medieval cathedral building.

Decorated Gothic sees an abundance of naturalistic carving, and is rich in gilt, paint, marble, alabaster, brass and Purbeck stone. Larger windows with elaborate tracery let light flood into the building. The Aim of the Discovery Day is twofold: firstly, to illustrate the defining features of Decorated Gothic at Exeter; secondly, to look more closely at the cathedral as a product of its own time, revealing insights into the spirit of the age of the great cathedrals.

After his talk in the cathedral lecture room, Mark proposes splitting us into three groups, which will each in turn have a guided tour of the cathedral, a tour of the library (only rarely available), and time on our own to appreciate the wonders of this truly remarkable building. 

Booking is required, and the cost for the day is £25 per person plus £7 (as at July 2018) for the guided tour of the cathedral and library. Our booking form gives all the relevant details; pick up a printed copy at our January and February meetings,* or for a pdf version send an email to, or use the Contact Us form on this website. 

(* There's a priority booking period for our existing members and their guests, and then general booking opens on 1 February.) 

We anticipate that many participants would like to car-share, and we'll help arrange this if required.