St Nicholas Priory

Mint Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL

Tel: 01392 276 255

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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.

In the West Wing, visitors can experience the Undercroft and Tudor Parlour, the medieval kitchen, the Great Hall and Tudor bed chamber. 

The building is now used as a performance and conferencing venue with public opening on Sundays and Mondays, guided tours, conferences, school visits and a wide variety of plays and concerts. For details of all events and how to book, please visit  

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      Road Directions

      At the zebra crossing on Fore Street in the city centre, turn down Mint Lane and you will find our gardens and building.

      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). The nearest train station is Exeter Central, a five minut walk away.



      • Accept Children over 7


      • Guide Dogs Permitted
      • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

      Children & Infants

      • Accept Children Over 3

      Establishment Features

      • Conference facilities
      • Event venue
      • Toilets

      Event Facilities

      • Free Entry

      Key Features

      • In town/city centre
      • Indoor Attraction
      • No Smoking Attraction
      • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

      Parking & Transport

      • Parking (charge)

      Payment Methods

      • Solo accepted

      Specialist Features

      • Family Fun
      • Marketed towards children
      • Marketed towards families
      • Marketed towards senior citizens
      • Marketed towards student/youth

      Tours and Demonstrations

      • Demonstrations Given
      • Educational Visits Accepted
      • Guided Tours Available for Groups
      • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

      Venue Facilities

      • Groups Accepted

      Opening Times

      St Nicholas Priory (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
      Tuesday - SaturdayClosed*

      * St Nicholas Priory is now only open for events. Open Sundays and Mondays from 12th February 2023.

      Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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