Monday, 31 October 2016

Exeter Cathedral Close


Thank for visiting.

Exeter Cathedral is set in the delightful Cathedral Close. This has been the centre of Exeter since Roman times when a basilica and bath house was built there.

Let's take a stroll round the Close.

I can't believe that a week after visiting this beautiful Close, the big white hotel behind the tree above, built in 1769 and which hosted Nelson, Beatrix Potter, Clark Gable, Thomas Hardy and David Cameron, has sadly burnt to the ground.  Fortunately, guests were evacuated during the night so there were no injuries. The fire started in the gallery next door.

BBC photo. Such a tragic sight.

If you'd like to know about the buildings in the photos, click here.

There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the Cathedral grounds.



  1. Some lovely buildings on the Close! It's such a shame about the hotel:)

    1. Awful isn't it. I wonder if they will rebuild it.

  2. It is so sad about the hotel isn't it. To think you were there so recently and all was well and now it isn't at all. Very sad.

    1. Very sad. I'm glad I didn't have to use the fire escape in the middle of the night.