The Old Exe Bridge is a ruined mediaeval bridge in Exeter in the south west of England. It was built around the year 1200 and originally consisted of 17 or 18 arches spanning the River Exe. Believed to be one of England's oldest surviving mediaeval bridge works, the remnants are a grade II listed building and scheduled monument.
Exeter was founded as Isca Dumnoniorum by the Romans. It became an important administrative centre for the south west of England, but travel to the south and west (to the remainder of Devon and the whole of Cornwall) required crossing the River Exe. There are records of a crossing from Roman times, most likely in the form of a timber bridge. No trace of any Roman bridge survives; it is likely that, once replaced, the bridge deck was simply left to degrade and any masonry supports would have been washed away by floodwaters.
P J S | May 7, 2018
This is less touristic than the cathedral and in my view the city doesn’t do it justice. It is sitting between to roads with heavy traffic and we missed it and had to go back as we did not expect it to be between two roads. We walked on the bridge which was epic knowing it was built a few centuries back.
Anthony Payne | Oct 13, 2017
Yes me and my kids found it very nice walking around it knowing it was build hundreds of years ago.
Lea S | May 8, 2017
Nice piece of medieval architecture. You can pass by (on your way to the Quay) and stop to admire it (but don't go out of your way to just come down to this part). Sit down and enjoy the greenery of the park around it. Sadly there's also the busiest crossroad in Exeter (the bridge is right in the middle of it), but try to ignore it.
ebeneezer hall | Oct 4, 2017
Of great historical interest to anyone who knows a little of Exeter's history. However the detritus left by the vagrants who frequent the area stops me taking my children there.
YM P | Oct 26, 2017
Well kept medieval ruins, easy access, very interesting.
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