Blackfriars

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***Please note that Blackfriars Priory reopened in line with Government guidance for viewings and wedding ceremonies from 4th July 2020. Preparations for a gradual reopening are being made, with the safety of staff, customers and visitors being highest priority in these unusual times. Bookings are still being taken, so please get in touch at blackfriars@gloucester.gov.uk or call us on 01452 396 384 if you would like to enquire. Please check their website for further information. ***

 

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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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Facilities must be booked
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Online booking only
  • Online ordering available
  • Open now - for events & pre-booked viewings
  • Outside seating
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Virtual menus

Establishment Features

  • Event Venue
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • In town/city centre - In the city centre. Five minutes from the Cross.
  • Max group size - maximum 50.
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Built between 1239 and 1270, it is the most complete Dominican priory to survive from the middle ages.

Parking & Transport

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

Payment Methods

  • Min group size - minimum 11

Tours and Demonstrations

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

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

Map & Directions

Blackfriars

Type:Abbey/Priory

Ladybellgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2HN
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Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0)1452 503050

Tel+44 (0)1452 396 384

Awards

  • Visit EnglandCode of Practice Code of Practice 2014
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021

Opening Times

* Open for viewings and wedding ceremonies only.

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