Welcome to St James Priory



In line with the latest Government Guidance the Church of St James will  OPEN on Sunday the 5th July for Holy Mass.

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

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

It will continue to 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 will be closed.



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.


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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