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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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • W5733GNstepheno
      Playa de Fanabe, Spain
      Beautiful place
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 26th June 2019
      Had a wonderful time here. Really beautiful building with lovely staff. Definitely visit if you’re nearby. Read full review
    • 803shahzadm
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Great place to be... Bristol oldest and finest building
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 28th June 2019
      Building is amazing and very well managed. Must visit and enjoy the story behind. A very fine painted black gate and cleared gullies Read full review
    • Vanessa85Clevedon
      Clevedon
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      A lovely cafe and church
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 6th August 2019
      Definitely pop in if you're in the area. Cafe has a great range of delicious looking food and cakes! Read full review
    Whitson Street
    Bristol
    BS1 3NZ

    Tel: +44 (0)117 929 9100

    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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

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