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St James Priory

Whitson Street, Bristol BS1 3NZ, England
+44 117 929 9100
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Easily overlooked gem tucked away behind Marlborough St Coach station

You enter it via their café called the Refectory. The building was started 900 years ago, has had... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It does look like the oldest building in Bristol with its long history but has been updated in... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Tauranga, New Zealand
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St James Priory is the oldest church in Bristol dating from 1129.Originally a Benedictine Priory it has survived the ravages of change,the Reformation,wars and time. St James still survives as a jewel in the crown of Bristol. Although hidden away it is a haven of peace and serenity in the middle of the city centre. Between 2009 and 2011the church was completely renovated and restored following a grant of £3.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A warm, friendly and relaxing cafe adjoins the Church at the east end.
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Whitson Street, Bristol BS1 3NZ, England
+44 117 929 9100
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You enter it via their café called the Refectory. The building was started 900 years ago, has had add-ons over the centuries, and has been catering to people needing hospitality and care since the 1100s. It's a beautiful space, which is described as offering 'Healing,...More

Thank PeakinDarien
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It does look like the oldest building in Bristol with its long history but has been updated in parts and seems fully functional as a church building. Amazing memorials on the walls. Are the bodies actually here? Lovely cafe. The milkshake wasn't as good as...More

Thank MatapihiLocals
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Spent a day at St James Priory doing some volunteering work (painting, gardening etc). We were welcomed by a very passionate lady (Susan) who has long be involved with both the work they do with the community and the restoration of the building. Definitely worth...More

Thank matthewjames902017
Reviewed 12 May 2017

We visited as volunteers to help out and what an amazing place, the people are lovely and it was very interesting to hear the story behind such an amazing place.

Thank Reedy's R
Reviewed 11 May 2017

We spent the day at St James Priory on our works Day to Make A Difference, helping them with gardening, painting etc. We were welcomed by the most inspirational lady, Susan and shown incredible hospitality. It's a lovely peaceful place and they do such wonderful...More

Thank roeselaarse
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Spent the day yesterday volunteering at St James Priory. What a magnificent hidden gem. The place is fantastic and Susan who runs the project is an inspiration. I would recommend a visit. There is an on site café, meeting rooms for hire and lots of...More

Thank Ben T
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

I have just spent the day here with a group of work colleagues helping with some painting gardening etc. I had no idea that this incredible place existed not more importantly of the valuable and amazing community work that goes on in this peaceful historical...More

Thank Samantha L
John J, Owner at St James Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Many thanks for your positive review but more importantly for giving your time to support our Charity and its work.

Reviewed 3 May 2017

Oldest building in Bristol - Norman priory church with an interesting history. Now an active catholic church that does lots to help support vulnerable people in Bristol. Was at a meeting using their good quality facilities with catering from the cafe. An oasis of calm...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

The oldest building in Bristol, this is a must see for anyone interested in historical buildings and Bristol in general. Really interesting to learn about how the building has developed over the years and the work it does for the community. And the cafe!! Great...More

Thank Hevcrandon
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Hidden treasure in the heart of Bristol. A wonderful quiet place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and connect with your inner self, and the adjoining cafe (Le Refectoire) will more than satisfy your earthly needs.

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