Benedictine Days 19-20 March, 11-4pm

Benedictine Day at the priory is dedicated to our building’s monastic 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.

The day will also be the launch of our new exhibition and new interpretation of the building, a project we undertake together with the University of Exeter’s Head of Research in Humanities, Prof James Clark, and our dedicated PhD student interns, who are part-funded by the university.

Join us for this exciting new exhibition, music to gain an impression of the divine offices, talk and tour about St Nicholas Priory’s place in the community, and learn about the food the monks would have enjoyed.

Free event, no booking required:

  • New exhibition: St Nicholas Priory in monastic times
  • Devon & Exeter Medical Heritage Trust: Hildegard von Bingen, herbal remedies, and medieval healing.
  • Medieval music
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Monastic tours of the priory
  • Children’s activities throughout the day


Ticketed events:

Lecture: James Clark: ‘A day in the lives of medieval monks and nuns’, 2pm on the 19th. Tickets £12, booking available here.

Art workshop: Naomi Hart, “Healing Nature”, 3pm on the 19th.  Tickets £12, booking available here.

Storytelling: David Heathfield, “A monk’s tale”, 2pm on the 20th, online! Tickets £5, book here.

Show-and-Tell: The Beltmakers – Making Belts: a history from Benedictine times to nowadays, 1pm on the 20th. Tickets £5.00, booking available here.



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 19 - 20 2022


11:00 - 16:00

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