Benedictine Day 25 March 11-4pm

Benedictine Day at the priory is dedicated to our building’s medieval period, spanning from Norman to Tudor times. From the founding of the priory to its dissolution, we will explore the lives of the monks at the priory, from their daily routine to their place in the life of the city of Exeter.

We welcome Prof James Clark with a talk about women’s perspectives on monastic life, Sally Dyer for a medieval food session, Rosemary Griggs will bring Bessie, the serving woman, to talk about a woman’s tasks, children’s activities throughout the day, and for the first time stone masonry with Paul Ellis – up close and personal! With music and refreshments.


Children’s Activities

Medieval Food

Benedictine Life – Temporary Exhibition

Guided tours

Family tours

11-2pm: Bessie, the serving woman

12:30-1:30pm: National Lottery Open Week Offer: free medieval food session, drop-in

1:30 – 3:30pm: Paul Ellis, Stone Carver & Mason

2pm: Prof James Clark: “Lifting the veil” – please buy your tickets here.

3:30pm: A Benedictine Office – music in the Undercroft with Dr Richard Parker and friends


St Nicholas Priory is in Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street (5 mins). Parking at Smythen Street and Harlequin Shopping Centre is also available.  Exeter Central railway station (10 mins). The bus station is a 15-minute walk away with many buses stopping on the High Street (1o mins).


Unfortunately, only the ground floor of our building is wheelchair-accessible.

Accessible loos and nappy-changing facilities.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visit, please email


Mar 25 2023

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St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane, Off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL
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