Lady Chapel and Bishop’s Palace Garden Tour

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Exeter Cathedral

A grand canvas filled with small treasures, brimming with interesting things in interesting places. The Bishop’s Palace garden offers beautiful scenery that feels away and cut off from the city life of Exeter – animals can be heard with greater frequency than the hubbub of near traffic, and with the rising green wall of trees one would hardly know that one was in the city at all. It sits as an idyllic space, befitting its grand history.

This is a historical tour (duration c. 90 minutes) including views of the exteriors of the Bishop’s Palace and the Lady Chapel which can only be seen from the private gardens of the Bishop (not normally open to the public).

A journey through time starting from the earliest days of the building of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral, looking around the Lady Chapel from inside AND out, hearing a tale of political murder and ending up in the private gardens of the Bishop of Exeter. It is not a tour that is limited to the enclosed space of the palace, but instead features many tales that relate to the history and makeup of all of Exeter. Its histories range from Roman times to yesterday, and it is the niche stories (some literal) with their little, niggling intrigues that become the true spectacle of this wonder-ensconced palace garden.