St Nicholas Priory

Mint Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL

Tel: 01392 276 255

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 the West Wing, visitors can now experience the Undercroft and Tudor Parlour, the medieval kitchen, the Great Hall and Tudor bed chamber, and special exhibitions by Devon and Exeter Medical Society, who also have their home at the priory. The tranquil meeting room in the North Wing was rescued from near-dereliction in the 1990s by the trust, and now allows a close look at the fine 15th-century arch-braced timber roof.

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 with public opening on Sundays, guided tours, conferences, school visits and a wide variety of plays and concerts. For details of all events and how to book, please visit  

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



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

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • One way system
  • Online booking only
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

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 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday10:00 - 16:00*
Tuesday - SaturdayClosed*
Sunday13:00 - 16:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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