Skip Navigation Go to main navigation

Visitor information

Unfortunately St Nicholas Priory is currently closed for essential building repairs.

Now furnished as an Elizabethan town house, visitors will be able to experience Tudor life right in the heart of Exeter.

The Chamber at St Nicholas Priory Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowAdorned with quality replica furniture and painted in the bright colours of the period, the Priory is presented as the 1602 home of the wealthy Hurst family. The display of Elizabethan items from the city's collection, the addition of modern amenities and new interpretation allows greater access to the Priory and gives a wonderful insight into Tudor life.

For more information please call 01392 265858

Opening hours

The priory can be booked throughout the year for tours, school visits, wedding ceremonies or special events.

Open Sat 18, Sat 25 Oct and the autumn half-term Mon 27 Oct to Sat 1 Nov 2014, 10am to 5pm.

Tickets also available for tours on Tues 28 Oct and Fri 21 Nov 2014, 11am to Noon. £7 (£5 concessions).

Online booking available from What's On

For further information contact us on 01392 265858 or email

Entrance fees

Valid from April 2014 to March 2015

  • Adult:  £4.20
  • Pre-School: voluntary donation
  • Child (5 - 17 years):  £1.60
  • Family  (2 adults and up to 3 children): £10.50
  • Students (proof of status required): £2.10
  • ECC Xcard holder:: Adult £2.10
  • ECC Xcard holder: Child £0.80
  • Senior Concession (over 60 years): £3.10
  • Members of the Museums Association: voluntary donation
  • Friends of RAMM: voluntary donation
  • Council of British Archaeology members:  voluntary donation
  • Young Archaeologist Club (and their registered supervisors):  voluntary donation

Booked tours

We welcome group bookings and can arrange a special talk or guided tour at a time to suit you, either during the day or in the evening. Email or call 01392 265858 to book.

School workshops

Tudor workshops developed at RAMM are delivered in the priory by external providers: Tudor Life for KS2 or Wood and Wind for KS1. Please contact Neil Heasman on 07872 538132 or Visit The Time Travellers more information.

Wedding Ceremonies and Corporate events

The Priory is available to hire for wedding ceremonies and corporate events. Call 01392 265858 for more details or email

How to find us

St Nicholas Priory is in the centre of Exeter in The Mint, a pedestrian passage running between Fore Street and Bartholomew Street West. Fore Street is a continuation of Exeter High Street, running down towards the river Exe. Enter the passage at the Mint pub, below the Fore street zebra crossing.


There is no parking at St Nicholas Priory and poor vehicular access. There are three city centre cars parks nearby at Mary Arches, Harlequins Shopping Centre and Guildhall Shopping Centre.

Map of central Exeter

What you can see and do on a visit to the Priory

Originally part of a medieval priory, the building is now presented as the furnished Elizabethan town house of the wealthy Hurst family. Replica furnishings allow visitors to experience Tudor life first hand. There is also a small display of original artefacts.

Special events

Occasional special events range from living history days where you can meet people from the past, to lunchtime talks, tours and family activities.

Families and early years

There's plenty to keep all ages amused with activity boxes, items you can touch and special family activities in some school holidays. There is level access for pushchairs to the shop and toilets. There is a baby change facility in the accessible toilet. Future developments include a hands-on early years trail.

Particular needs

Some of our visitors have particular needs, if you can't find the information that you need here, please contact us to find out how we can assist you.

Tell us what you think

We welcome your comments and questions. Contact us via this website or leave your comments when you visit.

Gift shop

Enjoy browsing around our gift shop. Here you will find fascinating and unusual items.

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore St, Exeter EX4 3BL


Cookie Policy

Our site uses cookies to store information on your computer; this allows us to give you the best experience possible and to continually improve our site by giving us a better understanding of how it is being used.

By clicking Proceed or continuing without changing these settings, you consent to this but if you would like to change your settings you can do so at any time at the bottom of the page.

Proceed Change Settings
Find out more about Cookies