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The Minories Galleries

Address: 74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 712437
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Ranked #7 of 72 things to do in Colchester
Type: Art galleries, Museums, Shopping & Fashion
Owner description: A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of...
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Type: Art galleries, Museums, Shopping & Fashion
Owner description: 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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is what a art gallery should be like. varied exhibits, a lovely old building and an excellent restaurant. Wonderful garden to relax in, you would never know you were in the heart of a town

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The exhibitions of art and crafts always of interest. Also an excellent restaurant which serves homemade snacks and full meals with a variety of beverages. Always well attended.

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Wethersfield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I don't know much about "the minories" but there was a vintage cocktail night that I attended last minute (because there is a trio called Fox, Wiggle and Sass that I like and they were playing there). It's a great place and we had a lovely evening. The cocktails were a roaring success and helped us ease into the Christmas... More 

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Spent the day in Colchester and were pleased to discover this beautiful Georgian house so close to everything else on the High Street, where we not only enjoyed the art displays but also had lunch in the very clean, relaxing café. As soon as you walk in the front door you are in an oasis of calm with very friendly... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Always pop in and take a look at the art, it's great on your own or with the family. Highly recommend (especially if you head for coffee at the cafe afterwards). It's a little piece of peace and quiet in the heart of Colchester, the gardens are gorgeous too.

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Romford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Fantastic location , tucked away in a peaceful garden setting, in the centre of town. Good choice of yummy cakes well priced. A great stopping point on a day out. The gallery is always interesting as well.

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Clacton-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I love going to the Minories. Sitting in the garden and having a coffee after the noise of the town is more relaxing than a health spar. The staff are very friendly and no request is too much effort. I thou roughly recommend it!

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Colchester, Essex, Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We always visiting the Minories and especially enjoy the free tours with our Home Educating group. The galleries are always well done and engaging. The cafe and garden are lovely to enjoy tea and cake after a couple of hours of the arts!

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Minories art gallery always has really interesting exhibitions that allow you to get into the back story from meeting artists to discussion groups and days of creative activities. I have visited many times and enjoy a piece of cake and tea in the garden after. My husband and I love it so much we got married there last year.... More 

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CI_Minories, Manager at The Minories Galleries, responded to this review

Hi There, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review about your recent visits to our Galleries and Garden Cafe. Of course, having the galleries, shop, garden and garden cafe makes us a really unique and interesting venue to visit, we are so lucky! Thanks again for the super review, positive feedback is appreciated by all of... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Always excellent food and ideal location for centre of Colchester, castle, buses etc. Nearby VAF Art Gallery (not always good exhibitions!).

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CI_Minories, Manager at The Minories Galleries, responded to this review

Hi There, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review about your recent visit to our Galleries and Garden Cafe. Of course, having the galleries, shop, garden and garden cafe makes us a really unique and interesting venue to visit, we are so lucky! Thanks again for the super review, positive feedback is appreciated by all of... More 

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