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St Martin's Church

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Take time to take a peak

This gorgeous little Church in the heart of Exeter - Blink and you might walk past it! But please... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2018
London, United Kingdom
Very peaceful

Known as the gingerbread church, it is small and has an usual shape due to the fact that when it... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2018
Ian M
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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A thousand year old church at the heart of modern Exeter, St Martin’s props up the black-and-white building of Mol’s Coffee House on a corner of Exeter’s historic Cathedral Close. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city, consecrated in 1065...more
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Cathedral Close, Exeter EX1 1EZ, England
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

This gorgeous little Church in the heart of Exeter - Blink and you might walk past it! But please do stop and have a look in! It is around 1000 years old and exquisite inside - and very tiny.

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Reviewed 29 June 2018

Known as the gingerbread church, it is small and has an usual shape due to the fact that when it was built it size was constrained by the proximity of the other buildings. The church is no longer used on a regular basis for services,...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 1 May 2018

This is a very historic church having been opened in 1065 AD. It's small and just across a square from Exeter Cathedral, but a beautiful place, no longer operating as a church and now run by The Churches Conservation Trust of UK. Worth a visit...More

Thank CBrown1992
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Lovely little spot for some quiet contemplation - just a stone's throw from the bustle of the Cathedral square and the nearby High Street. Some fabulous memorial art. Couldn't find the box for donations.

Thank Christopher K
Reviewed 16 November 2017

This is not a church operating as part of the CofE or any other part of a practising faith group. It is maintained, cared for and administered by the Churches Conservation Trust. I'm not sure if that made me feel very different when I took...More

Thank Jannerbloke
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

St. Martins was built in the 15th century on top of an older church. There are signs of Norman pieces still in this church and is very interesting to see. Located just behind Exeter's cathedral green.

1  Thank rayrest
Reviewed 20 September 2017

A delightful little church that merits a short visit.Very near the Cathedral it is much cared for and I enjoyed a few moments peace here..

1  Thank glyn l
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This gem of a Chapel, seclusion and retreat from the busy frenetic City surroundings, can quite be overshadowed by Exeter Cathedral itself, which naturally draws the crowds and visitors : However, St. Martin's is a wonderful Church in which to find quiet contemplation, meditation and...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Situated on the corner of cathedral close is this tiny medieval church. One of the oldest in Exeter, interesting history board inside explaining the use of volcanic rock as a building material. Definitely worth popping in.

1  Thank GLPJ62
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This is a small, ancient church, with an interesting history. Unlike the cathedral, there is no entrance charge, although you are encouraged to leave a donation, or join the CCT.

1  Thank sloughrushhour
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10 March 2017|
Response from The_CCT | Property representative |
H ithere, thanks for your question Kaybee. We do host regular medieval choral performances at the church during the summer for private groups. Best wishes, Katrina (On behalf of CCT)