Guided Tours and Talks

New for 2018, Guided Tours of  the History of St. Mary’s Priory Church are available on most Saturday mornings (other days possible on request) – or we can bring the Tour to you with a talk on the history of Tutbury Priory Church.

Come and discover the history of our beautiful Grade I Listed Norman Priory, started in 1080, consecrated in 1089, completed circa 1160 – but continually changing over the centuries.

Follow the changes made during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the major restoration made by the Victorian aristocracy, or as the Rev Timothy Ganz once said, “the Victorians putting flesh on Norman bones” – and the floor that went up – and then down courtesy of 20th century industrialists!  What did it look like before the Dissolution – was it a Cruciform with tower, transepts, crossing and choir – or was it a nave with an apse?

Learn about the conservation of the Alabaster Arch on the Great West Door – the only external Alabaster Arch in the UK and the earliest alabaster carving in the UK – said by the head of conservation of the Church of England on a recent visit, to be of both national and international importance.

See the picture gallery below – hover-over or click-on an image for more information.

Various options are available:

Group Visit to St. Mary’s

Format:  The Tour consists primarily of a presentation on the history of this 900 year old Priory, pointing out the changes to the building over time (allow 45-60 minutes) followed by time to look round the Priory’s monuments, artefacts and stained glass with a free Guide Book.

Duration: Allow up to two hours for the visit. 

When: Tours work well on Saturday mornings between 10:00 and 12:00 when the Priory Pantry is open for tea, coffee and home-made cakes!  Other times can be arranged on request but refreshments may not be available.  Booking is essential in all cases.

Donations:  For group visits, a donation to the CoPAA Project of £50 or £2 per head, whichever is the greater, is suggested

A Visit to Your Organisation for a Talk

An expanded version of the presentation above at your location – allow up to an hour with questions.  We bring our own laptop, projector and screen (unless you have a screen at least 5′ diagonal) – allow 20-30 mins for setup.  Donations as above

Saturday Morning Introductions 

If individuals or groups of up to 4 people would like a 15 minute introduction on a Saturday morning then please contact us beforehand to make sure someone will be available.  The Priory Pantry will be open for refreshments.

Other Options

If your requirement does not fit into any of the above categories, then please contact us to see if something can be arranged although, please note that we are unlikely to open the church for fleeting visits by individuals.


How to Book: Please email ku.gr1544724442o.syr1544724442amtsy1544724442rubtu1544724442t@tg1544724442

Facilities: As well as refreshments in the (warm in winter, cool in summer) Priory Pantry on Saturday mornings, toilets (including for those with disabilities) are available

How Many: Please let us know how many people are coming and whether anyone will need ramps for a wheelchair.

Contact Details: Please supply us with an email address and a phone number so that we can contact you incase there are unexpected changes

Parking: Please see Visiting about parking arrangements

Note: Please see Renewal of Old Buildings

Note: the guides are local volunteers and not experts in church architecture – we welcome anyone who can tell us more about the building we love!