Blackfriars Priory tours start this Sunday
1st July 2011
Blackfriars Priory will open its oak doors to an eager public this weekend, following painstaking restoration work thanks to investment from English Heritage and the South West Regional Development Agency.
It is the best preserved medieval Dominican priory in Britain, built in the 13th century on the site of Gloucester's Norman castle.
The tour visits the church, dormitory, and the school or scriptorium where the friars were trained for their preaching mission. The original study cells or carrels are housed in the oldest surviving library building in the country. The priory was converted into a private mansion house and cloth making factory by Sir Thomas Bell in the 16th century and visitors will see his banqueting hall and kitchen.
Tours last about an hour and cost £3.50 for adults, £3.00 for English Heritage members and are free for children.
The first tour of the season starts Sunday at 3pm and runs every Sunday throughout July and August.
Private tours can also be booked by contacting the Tourist Information Office.