St Nicholas Priory, Exeter
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 11th century vaulted cellars and Tudor plasterwork
Over the next several centuries the priory accumulated more land and built a range of monastic and domestic buildings. Among the latter was a guest house to offer accommodation to important visitors and pilgrims.
Over the parlour is a chamber for guests, with an arch-braced 15th century timber roof and a 15th century garderobe in one corner. Also on the first floor is the Great Chamber, where the Prior entertained important guests. The chamber retains its 15th century timber roof, oak screen, and fireplace, and you can still see traces of painted arabesques in several places around the room.
The Priory is furnished as it would have looked in 1602 when it was home to the Hurst family. It is furnished in late Tudor style, though the furniture is largely reproduction. Items from the city's collection of historic artefacts are used to bring the Tudor period to life. It is administered as part of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
The Priory is a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away up a lane off Fore Street, but it is located only a short walk from the city centre and is reasonably well signposted. It is usually open during school holidays and on Saturdays at other times of the year.
After our visit we learned that the Priory is undergoing another restoration to deal with essential repairs to the medieval structure, and is temporarily closed while these repairs are carried out.
About St Nicholas Priory
Address: The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, England, EX4 3BL
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Tucked up an alley off Fore Street
Website: St Nicholas Priory
Phone: 01392 265858
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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