Sunday Opening 1pm – 4pm

Our Sunday openings offer an opportunity to explore Exeter’s oldest building in small groups of up to six people.

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

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and gratefully received.

What safety measures will be in place?

  • We will be allowing people into the building at regular 15-minute intervals throughout the afternoon in order to maintain social distancing.
  • For the safety of the public and our staff, we enforce a strict two-metre social distancing policy and a one-way system. Groups are limited to a maximum of six people from the same household/support bubble.
  • All visitors, staff and volunteers are required to wear masks while inside the building.
  • All handrails are cleaned thoroughly before and after use. Hand sanitiser is also available on site.
  • If you feel unwell, or have recently been in contact with someone with symptoms of Covid-19 please do not visit St Nicholas Priory.

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.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of this historic building, there is no wheelchair access for our upstairs rooms.

Our outdoor toilet block can be made available on request.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visit please email our buildings manager Abi on


Jan 24 2021


13:00 - 16:00