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Address: 74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 712437
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Description: 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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Quiet oasis in the town

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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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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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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This beautiful and historical house has a haven of tranquility behind it, a much loved garden which is delightful to sit in with your cup of coffee/cake bought from the Minories cafe. The Minories shop sells handmade crafts created by the students at the Colchester Institute, and is well worth a look for really individual gifts. The quality of the... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

Called in here after visiting First space and was a lot more impressed. Small but interesting exhibition.First rate cafe with fantastic outdoor seating area!

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Popped in here one July lunchtime for a wander around and was very impressed. The grounds have a homely feel and had I not already eaten I would have been enticed by the cafe. However, the galleries themselves are fantastic. Interesting selection of art - not all to my taste, but still capable of being appreciated.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Enjoyed a baguette and cake here. We sat outside and brought picnic rugs for the babies. Staff were friendly and helpful. Very relaxed and will plan to come again!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We visited the gallery which is free and houses a small collection of interesting modern art. The eating facility is fairly basic but good value and staff very friendly.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is an impressive building from the outside which feels somewhat run down once through the door. There are a number of rooms on both the ground and first floor today housing an exhibition entitled "Form and Dysfunction" by one Karen Densham comprising miscellaneous objects. There is a small bookshop and a garden cafe at the back. From the evidence... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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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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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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