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On since 2021

Last update: February 2024

Boasting dreamy one-of-a-kind backdrops, St Nicholas Priory is an historic wedding venue in the cathedral city of Exeter in the heart of England's Devon region. This timeless property was built in 1087, making it the oldest building in the city. St Nicholas Priory was originally used as a monastery by monks of the Benedictine order who stayed there for over five centuries. Sold by The Crown following the dissolution of the order by King Henry VIII, it was purchased by Robert Mallet, who leased it out as a prestigious townhouse. Today, the priory is a Grade I-listed building and recognised heritage site. Make your wedding day extra special and celebrate in a truly historic and unique setting.

Facilities and Capacity

St Nicholas Priory offers couples a choice of spaces spread across two floors. The Great Hall boasts a truly unique aesthetic, with exposed original stone walls, high vaulted ceilings, and wooden beams. Coved ceiling and intricate designs dance across the wall, and stained glass windows and a large fireplace complete this look. The Priory offers a plethora of backdrops for the wedding photos of your dreams. Begin at the winding stone staircase and arched wooden doorways before strolling in the lush, picturesque gardens. The outdoor space, with a sheltered garden area, is also ideal for an elegant drinks reception. The venue can host both ceremonies and receptions for up to 40 guests, making it the perfect destination for intimate celebrations of love.


St Nicholas Priory works with various local partners who can provide catering for your wedding. Whether you envision only a ceremony at the priory, a glass of bubbly and canapes, or a beautiful reception, they'll tailor your experience to your needs. Their event coordinator will work with you to ensure your menu embodies your taste, style, and dietary needs.

Services Offered

The dedicated team at St Nicholas Priory would be honoured to bring your dream wedding to life and aim to create a bespoke experience for each happy couple. Their professional event coordinator will assist you at each step of your planning journey. The venue is licensed for entertainers and live bands and permits confetti on the property.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Confetti permitted
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