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The Minories Galleries

74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
+44 1206 712437
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Ranked #6 of 44 Attractions in Colchester
Type: Art Galleries
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... more » 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. « less
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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

Cambridge, UK
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Had a brief look at the Gallery, but found it a little tricky with a troublesome three year old in tow. Need to revisit alone to fully appreciate. However, I didn't manage to escape from the shop. So many fabulous items in there that I caved in and bought a gorgeous clutch purse by Aeron Hall-Apps. Now I just need... 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 such a positive review following your visit to The Minories last month. We love Aeron's unique work as well, and we are always happy to welcome families and youngsters. We change our shop stock regularly, so please do come back and visit us again soon. More

Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Minories is a wonderful gallery. The building itself is amazing. A great example of Georgian architecture. The garden is a little oasis of calm, with an old folly which is great to see, although I'd love to see it redecorated. The cafe serves delicious food and drinks. It's the perfect place to meet friends The Minories is a real... 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 visit to our Galleries and Garden Cafe. We love it when friends and families use us a a meeting place, whether it is just for a coffee and a chat or a full family lunch out, we are a great place to socialise. Of... More

Essex, United Kingdom
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48 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We've visited this gallery a number of times, and have always enjoyed it. There's always something interesting to see, although it doesn't take long, as the gallery is quite small. A drink and a snack in the cafe (or the lovely garden, given the right weather) is a lovely way to end your visit. It's a shame that the peace... 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 following your visit to mour 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 the... More

Colchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A small but interesting gallery, easy to pop into when you are in Colchester shopping to see what is on display, it changes often. Also lovely walled garden at the back to sit and have coffee, you would not realise you were in the heart of a town

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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 following your 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 the... More

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