Welcome to St James Priory


 The Church of St James is OPEN for Holy Mass and Private prayer.

Mass will be celebrated on Sundays at 8am and from Tuesday to Saturday at 1.05pm.(Confession from 12.30pm).

Visitors & Participants MUST follow Social Distancing Guidance (2 metres recommended) and further guidance on display in the Church.

The Church will be open for Individual Private Prayer from Monday – Friday from 12.30pm – 3.30pm.

Social Distancing will be maintained and there will be a one way system in operation.

Hand Sanitiser will be available but the Toilets are closed.


Track & Trace records are required on admission to the Church.

Please link with the NHS Covid -19 App via the QR Code or complete the Form as you enter.



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.

  • 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 at the bottom of the Home Page.  www.stjamespriory.org.uk

Susan Jotcham MBE   – CEO                      4/08/2020


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.


IHBC Article -History


Promotional Video


Newsletter January 2020


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

The Priory is a Catholic Church and is open between 10am and 5pm (4.30pm in Winter) from Monday to Friday and on selected Saturdays during the year.


AND ON TUESDAY – SATURDAY  at 1.05 pm.  (Confessions from 12.30pm)


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.


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

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