St Nicholas Priory

Mint Lane, Exeter, EXETER, Devon, EX4 3BL

Tel: 01392 276255

St Nicholas Priory, exterior


St Nicholas Priory is Exeter’s oldest building. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, the priory with its extensive grounds was dissolved and partly destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Turned into a rich merchant’s town house, the priory was linked to the woollen cloth trade and the busy life of commerce in the city. Turned into homes and later tenements, the city council rescued the building and made it accessible to the public as a living history museum.

In September 2018, Exeter City Council handed over the priory to Exeter Historic Buildings Trust and the building is now used as a performance and conferencing venue. The tranquil meeting room  in the North Wing is a dedicated conferencing space. The West Wing and gardens are also available for events hire.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Mint Lane is just off Fore Street in Exeter's city centre.

Public Transport Directions

Exeter Centre Station is a 10-minute walk from the venue. Buses stop on High Street (7mins) and on Fore Street (2mins).


Conference Room 30122045 - -
West Wing (whole building) - - - 45 - -


Conference Room Banqueting
Conference Room Boardroom
Conference Room Classroom
Conference Room Theatre
West Wing (whole building) Theatre



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Cater for Special Diets
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Catering by approved caterers
  • Own Catering Allowed

Establishment Features

  • Access to PC
  • Areas for Team building
  • AV Equipment
  • AV Technician Available
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • 'Break-out' Space for Informal Meetings
  • Broadband Internet Access
  • Flipchart and Pens
  • TV and DVD
  • Video Conference Facility
  • Whiteboard and Pens

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • Parking Off Site

Payment Methods

  • Booking essential

Room / Unit Features

  • All rooms offer natural daylight

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Venue Facilities

  • Area for musician/band
  • Choice of marriage rooms
  • Late licence for evening receptions
  • Lawn area for marquee
  • Marriage / Reception Room decoration
  • Master of ceremonies available
  • Range of drinks packages

Opening Times

St Nicholas Priory (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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