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.


Trustees have agreed a recovery strategy for the staged reopening of St Nicholas Priory.  We are starting with outside tours in July. Each tour will be limited to six people and will run in accordance with physical distancing rules.

Tours will focus primarily on the outside of the building and the Priory precinct, some of the archaeology surrounding as well social history, and with a bit of detective work you will gain an understanding of the changes from Medieval priory to Tudor merchant house to humble tenements.

Tours will be on Sundays from 2pm for general public starting on Sunday 5th July. The tour will last about 25 minutes with the optional extra of a 15-minute visual presentation of the Priory upstairs in the Meeting Room (North wing).

Tuesdays 7th, 14th and 21st July from 11am for family learners, home schooling – you must bring your own pencils and paper if you want to draw or take notes. Tour sessions will be led by our experienced education guides. The session was last about 25 mins but, of course, you may stay longer to finish any work.

For both tours, the meeting place will be the garden next to the Priory.

Tours are free but you must book in advance by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/nicholaspriory


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