Exeter Siege – Tudor Re-enactment Days #allswell

In what has turned into our trademark style, St Nicholas Priory bring together heritage, culture and creativity. We are pleased to welcome back The Commotion Times to Exeter!

From 31st July to 3rd August we are hosting the re-enactment group led by historian Dr Ed Fox to commemorate the siege of Exeter in 1549. The priory will turn into a house under siege and visitors will travel back in time and step into a merchant family’s life, watch the servants prepare food, see the ladies at their spinning and needlework, learn how to put on an armour and hear scholars share their historical insights into the Prayerbook Rebellion in the West Country. Families can join in with medieval pastimes and younger visitors will have the chance to try out medieval games.

Visitors are encouraged to come in medieval dress and bring their own picnic to eat in our garden!

This event has FREE admission, but donations are gratefully received through our donation button: click here!

No booking required.


Covid-19: To make sure you have a safe experience, we encourage you to continue to wear a face covering for your own safety. There are hand sanitisers throughout the building for you to use, and we’ll make sure the building does not get crowded, so we can continue to ensure social distancing. Please follow our stewards’ guidance and advice when in the building.

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, St Nicholas Priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years and is the oldest building in Exeter. In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.

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 manager@nicholaspriory.com



Jul 31 2021 - Aug 03 2021


11:00 - 16:00




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