Welcome to St James Priory

A very special place – Healing, Heritage and Hospitality in the heart of Bristol

Healing: The Church has been a centre of healing since the 12th Century. Our residential support services for vulnerable people are open to all in need, whatever their background or circumstance.

Heritage: The former Benedictine Priory of St James is the oldest building in Bristol! It has a fascinating story to tell and has witnessed almost a millennia of Bristol’s development.

Hospitality: Like our Benedictine predecessors we extend a warm welcome to all who visit. Our refectory café serves delicious refreshments and our well-equipped meeting rooms and central locality make us an ideal venue for conferences and community group bookings.





SUNDAY MASS is at 8am.

The Church will be open from Monday to Friday from 12.30 – 15.30 for personal private prayer.


Next ones are Wednesday 27/10/21 & Thursday 28/10/21.



We recommend that visitors to the Church continue to wear Masks and observe Social Distancing guidance.

Please continue to use the Hand Sanitiser which will be available.

TRACK & TRACE records are no longer required on admission to the Church.

But the government recommends linking with the NHS Covid -19 App via the QR Code.



Our CAFE is still CLOSED and we do not anticipate re-opening until 2022.

Our MEETING ROOMS are OPEN subject to Covid Social Distancing Guidance and Sanitising.

Please see:    MEETINGS


St James Priory Project Bristol – Coronavirus Appeal:

St James Priory Project is the Charity which has responsibility for the Historic Grade 1 listed Priory Church which dates from the 12th Century. It also operates the Café and St James House, which provides onsite Supported Housing accommodation for people in recovery from addiction. Walsingham House, in the grounds of the Church, is currently leased to St Mungo’s who provide a Men’s Mental Health Crisis Centre.

The impact of Coronavirus is widespread, well publicised and ongoing. The Charity has been adversely affected by this pandemic, especially financially:

  • Our Café, an invaluable source of revenue, has been closed now since March 2020.

  • Our Meeting Rooms, also a key revenue stream, have been closed for the same period.

  • Donations via the Church from visitors has ceased.

We estimate that these have contributed to a 2/3rds drop in revenue.

There seems to be no chance of an early return to the pre-Covid 19 status which means a longterm funding issue for the Charity.

Whilst we are hopeful of a limited return for some of our revenue sources – eg limited Meeting Room Hire – there seems to be little chance of re-opening our café, and this revenue supply, before 2021 at the earliest.

We are, therefore, appealing to our friends, followers and supporters to ask if you are able to consider committing to a donation to the Charity.

Donations can be made via our website and can be for one off or regular payments. There is also the facility to Gift Aid as well.

The donations link on the website is via the Virgin Money Giving button which can be found in the right hand column of the Home Page.                  www.stjamespriory.org.uk

Susan Jotcham MBE   – CEO                     Updated 05/08/21



Friends of St James Priory


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Newsletter August 2021

St James is still a place of Christian (Roman Catholic) worship and devotion but  is open to all people from any faith or none. Our Core Values are:

  • Compassion
  • Acceptance
  • Respect
  • Empathy

Currently (July 2021) the Priory Church is open between 12.30pm &  3.30pm  from Monday to Friday.

MASS on Sunday is at 8.00am.


Our Charity relies on Donations to assist our charitable aims of supporting vulnerable people and maintaining the Historic Priory Church.

If you would like to contribute please click on the tab below:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Walsingham House

This building is now operating as a Men’s Mental Health Crisis service run by St Mungos . Please contact St Mungos for further information. Telephone: 0117 9349848 Web: mungos.org.uk

St James House

St James House is an independent supported housing provision. The service provides housing support for single people in recovery from addiction for up to 24 months. Referrals will be accepted from individuals as well as agencies. Please contact us for a referral or if you would like further information. Telephone:  Sean on 0117 9338945  or Email to: sean.dennedy@stjamespriory.org.uk

Jobs / Supporters / Volunteers

Please  telephone:  0117 9299100

Cafe Volunteers

Cleaners – for helping 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Washers-up for Cafe, hours to suit.

Apply now Email: info@stjamespriory.org.uk Phone: 0117 9299100; Call in to see the Cafe Manager.



Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving


Contact details

Email: info@stjamespriory.org.uk Church 0117 9338945 Cafe 0117 3790009 Admin 0117 9299100 Follow us on Facebook