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Weddings
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Hire out the Priory for your Special Day
Make your wedding day extra special and celebrate in a truly historic and unique setting.
See our wedding page for more information on what we can offer you.
Private Tours
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Book a Private Guided Tour
Learn more about the Priory’s rich and varied history from one of our knowledgeable guides
Guided tours can be booked on any day of the week
Meeting Space
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Looking for a Unique Meeting Space?
We have two spaces ideal for meetings, workshops and training sessions
The rooms have capacity for 12-50 people depending on the layout

St Nicholas Priory is Exeter’s oldest building where heritage, culture and creativity meet.

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087 as a priory and later turned into a rich merchant’s town house, the priory has now been made accessible to the public to visit. Explore the priory for free on Sundays and Mondays, or join us for our many events throughout the year. Book a private tour or a school visit. You can even get married here.

Visit and experience 900 years of Exeter’s history in the medieval priory turned Tudor home.

Events

Volunteer Fundraiser: Songs without Words – musically-illustrated talk

28/04/2024
jacsho
jacsho
2022-11-22
worth a breif stop Interesting to learn about the history of this place see the reconstructed rooms. Also free to go in.
879Annie105
879Annie105
2022-08-19
Interesting place Came across this place and were delighted to find it open. Interesting building with some history. Interesting wallpaper design and lovely ceilings. Liked the newly planted garden out back too.
TUFC
TUFC
2022-05-17
Wonderful Building We were warmly greeted by one of the volunteers who then gave us a summary of the history of the monastery using a wooden model of the building that takes apart to reflect the areas lost over the years . The monastery changed into a family home after the dissolution of the monastery by Henry the eighth. The remaining rooms are furnished as the home would have been at that time and using a lot of original pieces from the period . Each room has paddle boards will tell you more about the family and also the furniture. It was very interesting to see the two fire places in the kitchen one for boiling and one for roasting and the ornate dining/ living room
Entry was free but donations were requested
johnandlizb
johnandlizb
2021-11-02
Really interesting. Free entry but donations welcome. This is a beautifully restored and sensitively preserved old building (or what’s left of it). The staff/volunteers are very knowledgable and friendly. There were also information boards available throughout the building. It was decorated beautifully for Halloween/harvest too. Really enjoyed our visit here.
KinverDenizen
KinverDenizen
2021-05-24
Hidden Gem I was born in Exeter and lived here for over 25 years, but I did not know this existed. I stumbled upon it accidentally on a trip down memory lane when I noticed a lady sweeping up the petals under a wisteria arch. What a gem of a find! Everybody was so helpful, explaining the fascinating history. Superb example of a medieval building dating back to 1067
Victoria F
Victoria F
2020-03-08
So much history in one building It's fascinating to see how the building has been used over the centuries. Loved the ceiling with the original wooden beams. Conservation work is ongoing. The parlour is stunning. You can have a tour or go round on your own. The refectory is across the lane which the guide will take you round if it's open. Well worth seeing.
anglicano
anglicano
2020-03-02
Worth Seeing This is a well restored mediaeval building run by enthusiastic volunteers. The Tudor parlour is particularly eye catching. An interesting place to visit.
Roz
Roz
2020-02-18
A Real Hidden Gem This is a real hidden gem tucked away in the centre of Exeter. Small but loads of history and free entry. We joined a free guided tour which was really excellent, really knowledgeable and friendly guide. Highly recommend a visit.
kevin e
kevin e
2019-10-07
Fantastic Experience Extremely old building and the history will excite you if you are able to get on a tour. You can almost feel the past
Beatrice H
Beatrice H
2019-09-26
Another wonderful walk through time This super performance, which was a series of cameos, was very engaging, informative and entertaining. Well done to the historical society. All new material despite our previous visits to this oldest building in Exeter. Bravo

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