Exeter Historic Building Trust (EHBT) exists to preserve for the benefit of the people of Exeter buildings and other structures in and around the city of particular beauty or of historic or architectural merit.

EHBT was founded in 1996 to rescue the former refectory wing of the 11th century Benedictine monastery of St Nicholas Priory.



For more about events at St Nicholas Priory and to subscribe to our mailing list visit www.nicholaspriory.com

CONFERENCES – Our dedicated conference room is one of the most unique and special spaces in Exeter. Ideal for workshops, training and meetings, cabaret or lecture style, we can accommodate your needs.  For more information visit www.nicholaspriory.com

St Nicholas Priory – SUNDAY OPENINGS from 1 to 4pm – FREE ADMISSION

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS – Friday 13th September to Sunday 22nd September 2019 – FREE ADMISSION

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September – from 11am to 4pm

Monday 16th to Saturday 21st September – Guided tours at 3pm.  Friday 20th September will also see the Creative Llama Music School Open Day from 11am to 5pm

Sunday 22nd September – Exeter is initiating an exciting Heritage Haiku project where visitors are encouraged to write a haiku when visiting – this should be inspired by the building. The idea is to collect their output on a pin board and post online.

LUNCHTIME TALK by NIGEL PLATT – ‘A CHEAPE PIECE OF MAGNIFICENCE’: DECORATIVE PLASTERWORK AT THE PRIORY AND BEYOND – Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 1pm – South West England is immensely rich in decorative plasterwork from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A distinct local tradition grew up in the period and produced plaster ceilings, overmantels and friezes of a variety and an abundance not seen in other parts of England. Using the plasterwork from St Nicholas Priory as a starting point, this illustrated talk by Nigel Pratt will focus on the decorative plaster tradition and how this fitted in with the wider developments in architecture. For tickets visit www.nicholaspriory.com or www.ticketsource.co.uk or phone Exeter Ticket Information on 01392 665 885.

TIME TRAVEL EVENING TOURS – Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th September 2019 at 6.30pm – Join us for a journey back in time to explore the rich past of the Priory building and its place in Exeter’s ever-changing history as told by real characters.  This is a partnership tour between Exeter Cathedral and St Nicholas Priory.  Tickets £15 – For more information and booking visit www.ticketsource.co.uk

LUNCHTIME TALK by KATE OSBORNE – EXETER’S ELIZABETHAN IMMIGRANTS – Tuesday 29th October at 1pm – Sixteenth Century Exeter was a thriving port city with contacts across the south-west as well as with London, Europe and the wider world.  Dr Kate Osborne explains how exploration of local archives has shone light on the lives of people not born in England who made Elizabethan Exeter their home. For tickets visit http://www.ticketsource.co.uk

ALL HALLOWS’ EVE SPECIAL OPENING – Thursday 31st October 2019 from 6 – 9pm – FREE ADMISSION – St Nicholas Priory invites you to our special opening on the eve of All Hallows’.  Stand on the threshold of past, present and future on the last day of the pagan year, when the borders between the worlds are thin and magic is in the air.  Explore the seasonally decorated building, join a tour, follow the brass rubbing trail and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the priory.

LUNCHTIME TALK by IAN VARNDELL – SAINT’S REST: EXETER DISSENTERS AND THEIR GRAVEYARD – Wednesday 27th November at 1pm at 21 The Mint – Tickets £5 from www.ticketsource.co.uk

Booked GUIDED TOURS for groups – For more information see www.nicholaspriory.com

DEVON & EXETER MEDICAL SOCIETY partners with EHBT to provide an opening exhibition as part of the visitor attraction