Exterior view of Blackfriars lit up at twilight and internal light shining through stone tracery window
View of roof space with wooden beams in Blackfriars

Free Entry

Open 10am-3pm, Sundays and Mondays, from April to September.


Gloucestershire, GL1 2HS

Before You Go

Blackfriars is one of the most complete surviving friaries of Dominican 'black friars' in England, later converted into a Tudor house and cloth factory. Notable features include the church and the fine scissor-braced dormitory roof.

The site is managed by Gloucester City Council. Please check their website for their events programme.

Read more about Blackfriars' history.


Before You Go

Parking: There is a charged car park next to Blackfriars. It is not managed by English Heritage.

How to Find it: Blackfriars is in Blackfriars Lane, off Ladybellegate St

Facilities: Gloucester has plenty of shops, facilities and places to eat and drink.

Tours: Private tours can be booked through Gloucester City Council. Call 01452 396384 or email

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Plan a Great Day Out

Blackfriars Priory sits in the heart of Gloucester city centre, and there are plenty of places nearby that illustrate the rich history of the city, including the impressive cathedral and the Gloucester City Museum.

The new Gloucester Quays development is a stone's throw away with plenty of shops, facilities and places to eat and drink. The Waterways Museum can be found here in a restored warehouse.

A short drive away is the small but charming Odda's Chapel in the idyllic Cotswold village of Deerhurst. Over Bridge and Great Witcombe Roman Villa are also nearby.

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About us

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.

How We Are Funded

Our target is to become completely self-funding by 2023. Our confidence in achieving this is based on our track record. During the past 10 years, our commercial income has doubled and we have raised nearly £60m in donated income.

  • 66% Self-generated income
  • 20% One off capital grant
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