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Address: 74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 712437
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A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the...

A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester. Gifted to the town by the Victor Batte-Lay Trust, and occupied by Colchester School of Art. The Minories provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings. The building has gallery spaces and a popular café surrounded by a walled garden. The Minories is next door to firstsite, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.

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I love it here! Visited a few times, loved the cafe been for breakfast a few times and food has always been lovely! People are chatty and welcoming! Also love the shop!

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My day trip to Colchester proved fruitless in my search for Old Masters - Dutch, Flemish, Italian, anything! Here the large gallery had the usual twigs, stones and upside down legs. Perhaps these should be in the Firstsite Gallery next door which seems to have very little on show. Nice cafe at the back.

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Thank christy21040
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

I love it here! Visited a few times, loved the cafe been for breakfast a few times and food has always been lovely! People are chatty and welcoming! Also love the shop!

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Thank hlanders87
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This breakfast has everything you want including refills. The garden is great for a sunny morning too. Need to remember to visit later in the day as they serve alcohol.

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Thank samearley
Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

A very old mansion with some art work, a tiny shop and cafe with garden and a small turreted building. Displays do regularly change

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Thank robbutcher2015
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

artists and talented students exhibit their work here throughout the year, the gallery is used to its full potential with a beautiful garden ideal for summer and a great restaurant which makes good food that suited for everyone!!

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Thank Vijdancik18
london
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I came here to use the cafe which was closed for rennovation. I had a look around the 2 gallery rooms open but did not feel there was really a great deal to see or much information. There is a nice little shop but the 10 minutes spent here felt plenty.

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Thank sheepygold
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Fab place, lovely little restaurant and gardens and intersting shop. Met one of the artists who was happy to chat about their work really lovely gallery space.

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Thank Silverblade67
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We got married at the Minories three weeks ago and had the most incredible time. The Minories is a perfect place to get married if you want a laid back, informal wedding in a lovely setting. The garden is gorgeous and lovingly tended, which provided a beautiful backdrop to our small-ish (60-70 people) outdoor ceremony and reception, and the staff... More 

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Thank Bex P
colchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We regularly have lunch in the cafe or have a look at new exhibitions, food and service are usually good and the gardens are very nice to relax.

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Thank lex1981
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This gallery is still going strong. Based in a Georgian building with Tudor bits, and a charming garden where they sometimes hold outdoor events, it is worth a look. And eat in their cafe while you are here - very good value.

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