The Niland Conference Centre

Set in the picturesque and tranquil grounds of Rosary Priory in Bushey Heath near Watford,  with its commanding views of the Hertfordshire countryside, the Niland Centre offers excellent modern facilities in purpose-built premises which are ideal for a wide range of activities and events from Parish Retreats to Corporate training days.

About the Centre

The Niland Centre is administered and run by the Dominican Sisters to promote and support Christian Spirituality, Education and Adult Faith Formation.

Our Programmes

Sisters offer reflections, retreats and courses to encourage ongoing faith formation.

We can also offer bespoke courses and inset/reflection days to suit your needs.

Make a Booking

You can book a single room or the whole centre. Perfect for conferences, retreats, reflection days, meetings and in-service training or faith events. 

Our Facilities

Conference Room

Suitable for groups from 25 to 125

The Conference Room is a bright, airy and peaceful space with under-floor heating and a good natural acoustic that can be enhanced by the PA system.

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Newcastle Room

First choice for groups of 10 to 24

The Newcastle Room is a smaller version of the Conference Room, an equally comfortable and flexible space that can be laid out in various ways.

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Lima Room

The Lima Room provides immediate access to the Kitchen and is a bright space that is ideal for enjoying refreshments and meals. Typically this is where all refreshments are served.

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History of the Niland Centre

The Centre is named after Mother Rose Niland OP, Foundress of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena in Newcastle, Natal, South Africa in 1896.

Mother Rose’s life-long commitment was to the education of young people and formation of young people and her Sisters in the Catholic Faith. She acquired the property at Rosary Priory in 1926 and continued here in England the mission of building Catholic schools begun in South Africa.

To celebrate our centenary, the Sisters established the Niland Conference Centre in 1997 to continue our mission of preaching through education and formation in the Catholic Faith in new ways suited to the needs of today’s world.

Mission Statement

 The vision of the Sisters was, and remains, to use the Centre as a foundation for preaching and teaching the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, in our time and society. Twenty years on, this remains our priority. The Niland Centre is still administered and run by the Dominican Sisters to promote and support Christian Spirituality, Education and Formation.

A mainstay of our ministry in the Centre is hospitality—welcoming groups from various walks of life, of different faiths and no faiths, and providing them with space and facilities for their various types of meetings.

Perhaps the greatest treasure we offer is tranquilitya tranquility that comes from the prayers of Sisters over the years and decades. We are truly a sanctuary from the pressures of everyday where, regardless of the nature of your meeting, you will find your spirit nourished.

Without exception, every person who passes through the gates into the grounds of Rosary Priory on his/her way to a meeting, course or retreat, experiences the unique peace of the property and is refreshed.

We had a work meeting here. Room was spacious, lovely lady serving tea and coffee. Beautiful views from the building
Nienke Mitchell

Peaceful place for sore eyes and reflection.

Lin C

Great venue for off-site meetings, lovely surroundings.
Stevie D

A place of great peace and hospitality.

Nicola Santamaria

Contact us

We will reply to your enquiry at our earliest convenience

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Niland Conference Centre
Rosary Priory
93 Elstree Road
Bushey Heath, Bushey, Herts. WD23 4EE


(+44) 07746 707 247


For room bookings or information about an event you are planning:

For the Dominican Sisters’ programme of events: