Welcome to St Mary's Priory, Abergavenny
For over one thousand years we have served the people of Abergavenny and the surrounding area – after the model of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The website shows how we currently serve the community, and a little about our history. It is not intended as a replacement for actually visiting us, which we hope you will want to do after exploring our website. At the heart of our mission and witness is the worship of God. In fulfilling the commandments of Jesus Christ we seek to be a Eucharist-centred community where people of all ages are able to participate fully in the Body of Christ. Whether you are visiting our site as a fellow Christian, an historian, or for commercial reasons I, on behalf of the people of St Mary's, say welcome. Father Mark Soady
A new religious community called the Holywell Community and following the Rule of St Benedict will come in to being in September , 860 years after St Mary's was raised to a Conventual Benedictine Priory.
St Mary's Priory Church
The Church, described as the "Westminster Abbey of Wales", attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to view the fine collection of historic monuments, medieval carvings or simply to seek a quiet place for contemplation and prayer. The Church faces outwards to the community and welcomes a wide range of schools and group activities.
The Tithe Barn at St Mary's Priory
The restored Tithe Barn explains and interprets the history of the Priory Church through interactive exhibitions and activities for both children and adults whilst the Learning Service workshops enable school children to explore the Tudor life with hands on living history. The magnificent Abergavenny Tapestry, hand stitched by Abergavenny residents, celebrates the history of the town. For those seeking refreshment, the Foodhall offers delicious locally sourced food.
The Priory Centre at St Mary's Priory
The history, hospitality and incomparable setting of St Mary’s Priory make it an ideal venue for wedding receptions and celebrations and provides a meeting place for groups. The conference rooms, with state of the art facilities, make it the perfect place for creativity and problem solving.