Though many of English Heritage’s Free to Enter sites remain open to visitors, unfortunately it has been necessary - as a result of advice relating to coronavirus - to close Blackfriars for operational reasons, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of visitors, volunteers and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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
Access: Blackfriars is in Blackfriars Lane, off Ladybellegate St. The site is wheelchair accessible.
Parking: There is a charged car park next to Blackfriars. It is not managed by English Heritage.
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 email@example.com.
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.