St Mary's Priory Abergavenny: The Priory Centre

WELCOME to the Tithe Barn, St Mary's Priory, Abergavenny

Opening hours Monday – Saturday 9.00am – 4.00pm

The Tithe Barn was originally built in the 12th Century to store Tithes – taxes paid to the Priory’s monks by the people living on the monastic estate. Following the dissolution of St Mary’s Priory in 1542, the building was used for many different purposes, including a theatre in the 17th Century and a discotheque in the 20th Century.

The Church took ownership of the Tithe Barn and conservation was undertaken in 2002 to stabilise the building allowing it to continue to be visited almost 900 years after it was first built.

Today, visitors from all over the world come to learn about the fascinating and turbulent history of the Priory Church and to marvel at the magnificentAbergavenny Tapestry which took a dedicated team of 60 ladies almost four years to complete. The exhibition is enhanced by state-of-the-art interactive displays.

Entrance to the Tithe Barn exhibition is free, although a donation towards the upkeep of the building is welcomed.

After your visit, why not refresh yourself with a visit to our Food Hall where you can enjoy a true taste of Wales. Or browse our shop, which stocks a wide range of quality gifts, souvenirs and local history publications.


Guided tours

Guided tours of the Priory Church and Tithe Barn, including a presentation by the some of the original stitchers of the Abergavenny Tapestry, can be arranged by contacting the manager by e-mail manager@stmarys-priory.orgor Tel 01873 858787. There is something for everyone to ponder, to admire and from which to learn, in an environment that both welcomes and captivates.

"Thank you all for an interesting and enjoyable second visit to the Tithe Barn and St Mary’s Priory. Liz Brown gave us a fascinating talk about the wall hangings. It was really good to add to our knowledge following Sir Trefor Morris’ guided tour last year." Thornbury U3A

"My WI enjoyed the talks given by both ladies regarding the wonderful tapestry... and were all enthralled by Sir Trefor's tour of the Church. As I went around the village today I have only heard praises for the Tithe Barn. Everyone was delighted with such a wonderful meal and the friendly service provided by all members of staff."Ponthir WI

“Everyone enjoyed every part of the afternoon and were very impressed at the depth and knowledge of our guide and the beautiful way the Church is being kept and renovated." Llangrove WI

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