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Founded as the base for Vespasian’s Second Augusta Legion, Exeter has a compact walkable centre that reflects its rich but also sometimes difficult history. Our itinerary is structured around the historic core, which was walled by the Romans, with Anglo Saxon and medieval improvements, but extends to take in the historical extramural areas, notably the river bank, for Exeter was long a major port.

Along the route we discuss the place of Exeter in historic eras, more especially as county and episcopal centre, as fortress besieged by William I, as bastion of the medieval cloth industry, site of Reformation struggles and Civil War conflict, as genteel city visited by George III and mentioned by Jane Austen, as railway centre, target for German aerial devastation, and postwar reconstruction.

Jeremy Black, Emeritus Professor of History at Exeter University, is one of the most distinguished historians of our time. Author of over 140 books His works focus principally but not exclusively on 18th-century British politics and international relations. 

Start and finish

10.00am & 5.00pm, Exeter Central Station


£180. Includes admissions, morning refreshments and a good lunch.

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Group size

Maximum 12 participants.


Walking: probably 4–5 miles. 

Are you fit enough to join the tour?


We will return the full amount if you notify us 22 or more days before the event. We will retain 50% if cancellation is made within three weeks and 100% if within three days. Please put your cancellation in writing to We advise taking out insurance in case of cancellation and recommend that overseas clients are also covered for possible medical and repatriation costs.