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St James Priory

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St James Priory

About

St James Priory is the oldest church in Bristol that’s still in use.

It is listed Grade 1, as a building of outstanding architectural and historic interest. Between 2009 and 2011 a huge £4 million HLF funded repair, conservation and renovation project has restored the building to its current grandeur.

St James Priory was founded between 1124 and 1137 by Robert, first Earl of Gloucester, who owned the castle at Bristol. To start with, there were 11 or 12 monks and a Prior, who lived under the rule of the Benedictine Abbey of Tewkesbury. Robert died of fever in 1147 in Bristol and was initially buried in St James Priory.

As well as a spiritual role as a Benedictine Priory, St James played a significant part in the social and economic history of Bristol. In addition to providing support for the poor its activities include being a key player in the urban development of Bristol, the landlord of the Whitson Fair (a major medieval South West trading fair) and offering an important place of burial.

St James Priory continues today to offer a haven of serenity and peace in the heart of the city for all visitors and travellers. It also provides charitable support for people in recovery from drugs and alcohol dependency and those with mental health problems.

St James Priory is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm, with Mass starting at 8am on Sundays.

There is a café (Café Refectoire) attached to the church, which provides a welcome for those visiting this historic site.

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Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

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Recent Reviews:

  • gdegdegde
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Business
    Peaceful city retreat
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 4th June 2018
    Oldest building in Bristol located next to the bus station. It has a lovely cafe with plenty of seating. Nice selection of cakes, hot and cold food, everything we ordered was very nice and came... Read full review
  • Dazzler83
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    What a delight!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 7th June 2018
    I’ve lived in Bristol for 12+ years and only recently uncovered this little gem. It’s a beautiful little cafe tucked away behind the bus station which extends onto the oldest building in Bristol that... Read full review
  • Michaelmckirgan
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Charity day
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 26th June 2018
    Had a lovely day hearing of the great work St James Priory today from Susan Jotcham Really saw the value in cleaning up the gardens and painting doors and supporting the great work this charity does. Read full review
Whitson Street
Bristol
BS1 3NZ

Tel: +44 (0)117 929 9100

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* St James Priory is open from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm, with Mass starting at 8am on Sundays.

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