EXETER Cathedral will throw open its doors with free entry on Thursday, as part of the Heritage Open Days event.
It is the first time the Cathedral has offered free entrance to visitors since 2008.
The open day also coincides with the filming of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow on the Cathedral Green all day.
Heritage Open Days is Britain’s most popular grassroots heritage event, offering free admission to some of England’s best architecture and culture.
Visitors will be able to explore the Cathedral, which is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. Those with a head for heights can also join a Tower tour, for which a nominal fee is charged. There are also tours of the newly opened Library and Archives, home to the 11th century Exon Domesday manuscript, and a tour of the Cathedral through the eyes of one its most famous Bishops, Grandisson, on Friday and Saturday. For more information about the tours see www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk
The Dean of Exeter Cathedral, the Very Revd Jonathan Draper, said: “Exeter Cathedral is pleased to be able to open its doors in a different way onto the wonderful heritage of which we are custodians. We hope many people will come and enjoy the beauty of the architecture, marvel at the skill and craftsmanship that built it, and learn something about the faith which sustains it to this day. As we approach the 900th anniversary of the present building, we hope our generation will grow to love it as countless generations have before us.”
The Cathedral is introducing a new card offering free entrance for Exeter residents this autumn. Those living in postcodes EX1 to EX4 will be able to apply for a residents’ card next time they visit the Cathedral. Details will also be sent out in the post next month.