Blackfriars

This site is currently closed. Unfortunately, government restrictions relating to coronavirus mean that we cannot open Blackfriars safely for our members, visitors or staff. We will be re-opening Blackfriars from Monday 17th May, on Sundays and Mondays, until the end of September.

Free Entry

The priory is open Sunday's and Mondays from 17th May until the end of September

Address:

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

Open Days: Blackfriars will be open on Sundays and Mondays 10am - 3pm from Monday 17th May 2021 until the end of September. Booking is not required. Please be aware all visitors will be required to take part in the NHS Track and Trace.

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 blackfriars@gloucester.gov.uk.

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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