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 – Sunday Openings Suspended

St Nicholas Priory will be closed to the public until further notice. We look forward to welcoming visitors again as soon as it is safe to do so. 

In the meantime please visit the St Nicholas Priory website for updates or subscribe to the mailing list at www.nicholaspriory.com

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/

On-line Activities for Families over the February Half Term and Beyond…

From Monday 15th February families will be able to access a series of online activities which are aimed at helping children to connect with the some of the rich and inspiring stories associated with the Priory’s past. Families will then be invited to send in their completed activities which will be presented in an online exhibition as well as a live exhibition when the Priory reopens later this year

There will also be an extra special challenge in the form of a competition to design a stained-glass window panel for the Priory’s Great Hall. The winning entry will be made up and displayed in the Priory this summer.

Activities will be available to download from www.nicholaspriory.com/education from Monday 15th February 2021

While St Nicholas Priory is closed we present the following FREE online events:

  • Lunchtime Interview:  Dr Ian Mortimer – Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 1pm
  • Lunchtime Lecture:  The Healing Garden – Sue Minter – Wednesday 10th March 2021 at 1pm
  • Benedictine Day:  The Archaeology of Benedictine Monasteries in Devon – John Allan – Wednesday 17th March 2021 at 1pm

For more information and to book visit www.nicholaspriory.com

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.