School Visits

Explore over 900 years of History at St Nicholas Priory, from Benedictine Monastery, to Tudor Town House to Victorian tenements. There is plenty to discover inside Exeter’s oldest building.

St Nicholas Priory welcomes pupils from Primary and Secondary schools, as well as college and university students. We offer a range of workshops tailored to suit each school’s needs, and can offer half or full day workshops.

Example workshops could cover:

  • Religious history, and changes over time
    • St Nicholas Priory is an ideal place to explore the changes in religious history over the past 900 years. The building has a rich religious history, having been home to Benedictine Monks from 1087-1536; transformed by the Reformation in the 16th century, and housed a Catholic School in the 19th century.
  • Medieval life
  • Tudor living
    • Following the Reformation, the Priory became home to wealthy merchants, and is displayed as the 1602 home of the Hurst family. All aspects of Tudor life can be covered, including rich and poor differences, diets, games, schooling, etc.
  • Local History
    • As Exeter’s oldest surviving building (with a roof!), St Nicholas Priory has witnessed almost a thousand years of Exeter’s History. We can tailor our workshops to fit the area of local history being explored.
  • History of Medicine
    • St Nicholas Priory houses the medicinal collection, cared for by Devon and Exeter Medical Heritage Trust.

Education Resources to support visits (click here)

We also welcome students of all ages to use the building as inspiration for art, photography and literature.

Prices start from just £3pp, and include space for lunches to be eaten on site if required.

If you would like to discuss or book a visit, workshop or tour, please contact the team on with your requirements.

Family learning Resources  (click here)