St Nicholas Priory

The Mint, Off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL

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St Nicholas Priory


Situated off Fore Street down Mint Street in Exeter City Centre, Saint Nicholas Priory was founded by William the Conqueror in about 1087. The 2 ranges remaining from the original 4 sided structure are now managed by Exeter Historic Buildings Trust (EHBT).

The West Range, originally the Guest Wing of the Priory, is presented as the 1602 home of the wealthy Hurst family, who acquired it after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It is adorned with quality replica furniture and displays Tudor panelling painted in the bright colours of the period.

The North Range, originally the Refectory Wing, was rescued from near-dereliction in the 1990s by EHBT. The top floor room allows a close look at the fine 15th century arch-braced  timber roof. The 2 dwellings below contains features from medieval to Georgian and later times. A large part of the cloister garden still exists, with planting reminiscent of monastic times.

St Nicholas Priory is open on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4pm – admission is free.

Check out the EHBT website for upcoming events at St Nicholas Priory.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

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


Road Directions

Nearest major road is M5. Follow signs to city centre car parks. Site is centre of city location. Follow heritage signs.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train stations are Exeter St David's and Exeter Central.



St Nicholas Priory is in The Mint, a footway leading off from Fore Street a little down the hill from the traffic lights and The Mint Methodist Church. The 2 Ranges are either side of The Mint and the Cloister Garden is visible through a large gate.

Opening Times

St Nicholas Priory (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday13:00 - 16:00
Bank HolidayClosed

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