We are again pleased to be an official supporter of the Food Festival.  We will again host a larger number of the stalls in our courtyards and Master classes in the Priory Centre.


If you are looking for an  oasis of calm-  why not try Traditional Tea on the Vicarage Lawn, available on the Saturday. The Priory Church is also open for those looking for a piece of quiet or wanting to visit our magnificent monuments. During the Festival there will be a display of a replica of the Turin Shroud and Jez Thomas’ Gospel Art will also be on display.

Again this year we will be supporting local Syrian Refugees by giving them space to sell their baked foods.

Our volunteer guides aim to deliver an inspiring and entertaining tour of St Mary’s Priory Church and the Beautiful millennium Tapestry. Step inside into “The Westminster Abbey of Wales” and be transported by our tour guides as they inspire you with the monuments and medieval effigies surviving within it. Be led through the church to our Jesse which is unique in Britain and described by Tate Britain as one of the finest medieval sculptures in the world. Our guides will fill you with knowledge of all parts of our church and town throughout your visit.

To add to your experience at St Mary’s you can also have the chance to see our magnificent Tapestry situated in the Tithe Barn. In the tradition of the great Bayeux Tapestry, it tells the story of Abergavenny on a grand scale.  The masterpiece became a labour of love for the team of over 60 ladies who worked on it, Stitchers viewed their work on the tapestry as “painting with wool”. The tapestry is viewed by people who travel far and wide to see the impressive display. Ending with our intriguing exhibition giving visitors an interactive history of Abergavenny.

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For information on booking a tour with us please contact:

01873858787 / manager@stmarys-priory.org

“Wonderful history, heritage and hospitality” 

“Highlight of Abergavenny”

“This is a must-see place if you’re nearby.”  

Here at St Mary’s Priory we are proud to be able to say our caterers are ‘Sugar Loaf Catering’ a family ran business who have won Caterer of the Year at The Food Awards Wales 2019. Sugar Loaf catering provide us with catering for all our events in the Priory Centre whether you are having a small intimate dinner party, corporate event or a beautiful wedding, you will get service with a smile and fantastic food made with local ingredients. food awards


Building on the success of the first courtyard event held in December, the next market is being held on Saturday, 4thMay 2019 in the Prince of Wales Courtyard at St Mary’s Priory Church.

A partnership between St Mary’s Priory Church, Made in Monmouthshire and the Welsh Centre of Excellence, the aim is promote the creative talents of local makers and artists and their roles in keeping alive traditions that have shaped the landscape, as well as well Welsh language and culture. It will also highlight St Mary’s Priory as a place to visit, enjoy and learn about its 1000 years of heritage and religion.

The Spring event will see over 20 local artists and makers joined by musicians including a local harpist, jazz quartet and an acoustic session from a Priory Session musician, amongst others.  Cymraeg i Blant will also be organising a craft/story and rhyme time session in the Tithe Barn.

Welcoming the second courtyard market, Canon Mark Soady, Prior of St Mary’s Priory said, “With Spring in the air our minds switch to alfresco eating drinking and shopping. The Prince of Wales Courtyard is an ideal place to while way a glorious Spring Bank Holiday weekend.”

Jan Thomas of Made in Monmouthshire also commented

“We are thrilled to be involved in another Courtyard event and this year have two more events planned for later in the year.”

Rhiannon Davies, Welsh Language Officer with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board at the Welsh Centre of Excellence said

“We are delighted to be a part of this exciting initiative and look forward to engaging with members of the public and teaching them some useful Welsh phrases”.

The event will start at 10am and finish at 5pm with car parking nearby as well as the town’s bus and rail station. The Tithe Barn will also be open where you can view the Tapestry and learn about the activities of the Welsh Centre of Excellence.

The event is being sponsored by local business Chris Jones Regeneration.

The TIthe Barn is closed on Good Friday,  Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, but open on Easter Eve (Saturday)

At the AGM today the following officers of the Priory Development Trust were elected:

Chairman: Sir Trefor Morris

V. Chairman: Tim Pratt

Secretary: Maggie Pratt

Treasurer: John Williams

The Lord Rowe-Beddoe will continue as President.


St Mary’s Priory Development Trust

3pm on March 19th in the Music Room


Parish Abergavenny Parochial Charity

Easter Vestry / AGM: 7pm on April 30th at the Priory Centre