Exeter Historic Building Trust (EHBT) exists to preserve for the benefit of the people of Exeter and the nation 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.


St Nicholas Priory receives lifeline grant from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

St Nicholas Priory is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government to help them through the coronavirus pandemic thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The Culture Recovery Fund is provided by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Priory will receive a total of £42,700. This money will pay for essential repairs, some development work; equally importantly, the grant enables Exeter Historic Buildings Trust to retain its part-time staff until the end of March.

St Nicholas Priory – Sunday Opening 1pm – 4pm

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

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and gratefully received. To book a place visit: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nicholaspriory

What safety measures will be in place?

  • We will be allowing people into the building at regular, pre-booked intervals throughout the afternoon in order to maintain social distancing. Unfortunately, we are unable to admit latecomers so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
  • For the safety of the public and our staff, we enforce a strict two-metre social distancing policy and a one-way system, and groups are limited to a maximum of six people.
  • 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 will also be 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.

Even when St Nicholas Priory is closed you can still explore the building. Check out these 360° images from Creation Graphics www.nicholaspriory.com/visit-us/

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