Outdoor tour of St Nicholas Priory
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.
These tours provide an opportunity to explore the outside of St Nicholas Priory and the local precinct. You will also learn about the history of the building and the surrounding archeology. This will be followed by an optional presentation which will take place upstairs in our meeting room at 21 The Mint.
The outdoor tour lasts approximately 25 minutes.
The presentation lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Where will the tours start from?
Your tour guide will meet you in the garden next to St Nicholas Priory at your designated time.
What safety measures will be in place for the tours?
For the safety of the public and our staff we enforce a strict two metre social distancing policy and our tours are limited to a maximum of 6 people. All tour guides and volunteers are instructed to wear masks. All chairs and handrails are cleaned thoroughly before and after use. Hand sanitiser and disposable masks will also be available on request.
St Nicholas Priory is on Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street, which is a five-minute walk. Exeter Central railway station is a ten-minute walk. The bus station is a 15-minute walk with many buses stopping on the High Street which is ten minutes away.
Visitors are required to walk/stand for the duration of the outdoor tour but there is seating available for the presentation. The outdoor tour is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access for our upstairs meeting room.
Our main block of toilets is currently closed due to building work. The toilet at Number 21 the Mint can be made available on request.
If you have any questions or concerns about the tour please email our buildings manager Abi on firstname.lastname@example.org.