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Ladybellgate Street

Tel: +44 (0)1452 503050

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Blackfriars Priory Gloucester

Blackfriars Priory, with its magnificent timbered roof, is the most complete example of a medieval Dominican Priory in Britain. The original medieval cloister, completed in 1239, includes the scriptorium where the friars were trained for their preaching mission over 750 years ago. The original study cells or carrels are housed in the oldest surviving library building in the country.

Following renovations, the beautiful historic fabric has been retained and you can now experience the beauty of the site including the private courtyard garden, the magnificent scale of the original scissor-braced roof and the Scriptorium, the oldest and most well preserved, medieval library in Britain.

The site is available for use for weddings, parties, educational activities, as well as being open to the public on Sundays and Mondays..

With various spaces around the site and a beautifully enclosed traditional cloister garden, capacities range from 10 people in one of the smaller rooms, to 240 in the main North Range.

For general enquiries call +44 (0)1452 503050 or for venue hire call +44 (0)1452 396 384.

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Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Prior bookings must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance
  • Lawn area for marquee
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • In town/city centre - In the city centre. Five minutes from the Cross.
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Built between 1239 and 1270, it is the most complete Dominican priory to survive from the middle ages.


  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - The nearset car park is Blackfriar/Ladybellegate in Ladybellegate Street.
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Max group size - maximum 50.
  • Min group size - minimum 11

Establishment Features

  • Event Venue

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free EntryFree
Tours£4.00 per ticket

Private guided tours can be arranged with well respected and knowledgeable members of the Gloucester Civic Trust. Our guides have been offering tours of the site for many years - to put it simply - what they don't know about the history of the Priory, isn't worth knowing!

So for a fascinating and entertaining walk through our amazing collection of buildings, we recommend booking a tour. Packages for groups can be arranged, with afternoon tea and refreshments provided after the tour. Please contact us for more information.

Private Tours
Minimum 10 people £3.50 per person
Maximum 20 people

For larger groups, more guides can be arranged.

Pre-booked group tours are available throughout the year.
Heritage Open Days is a free event.

Road Directions

From the North: Get off the M5 at Junction 11, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A40 (signposted Gloucester/Cirencester). At Elmbridge Court roundabout take the 4th exit (signposted Ross). At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A38 and then at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A417 (St. Oswald's Road). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A417. Keep left around Westgate Island and take the first left into Westgate Street. Follow the road around into Upper Quay Street and then turn left into Bearland. Follow the road into Ladybellegate Street, turn left and the Priory is just to your right.

From the South: Get off the M5 at Junction 12, at the roundabout take the first exit onto the B4008. At the Cross Keys roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A38. At the next rounabout continue forward. At the traffic lights continue forward (stay in the left hand lane, signposted Ross) onto the A430, Secunda Way. Continue forward on this by pass until you come to a roundabout, stay in the right hand lane and take the 2nd exit (on to Hempstead Lane). Turn right into St. Ann Way and continue forward at the next 2 sets of lights. At the major cross road turn left into Southgate Street. Follow Southgate Street and continue on to Commercial Road. Take the first right onto Ladybellegate Street and then the next right, the Priory will just be on your right.

Public Transport Directions

Short stroll from Gloucester Train and Bus Station. Come out of the Train Station and cross Bruton Way into the Bus Station. Walk through the Bus Station and out onto Station Road. Continue forward into Clarence Street. At the end of Clarence Street turn right into Eastgate Street. At the end of Eastgate Street you will come to 'the cross' which joins the four main gate streets. Turn left into Southgate Street until you reach the Tourist Information Centre on the corner of Longsmith Street. Turn right onto Longsmith Street and left onto Ladybellgate Street. Continue until you see the Priory on the left hand side.

Opening Times

1 Mar 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

* All dates and times are subject to change as Blackfriars Priory is often used as an events venue and therefore may sometimes be closed to the public.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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