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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...

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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Best breakfast in Colchester

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank samearley
Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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!!

Thank Vijdancik18
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1,035 reviews
423 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 555 helpful votes
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.

Thank sheepygold
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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.

Thank Silverblade67
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4 reviews
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 

Thank Bex P
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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.

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.

Thank relaxee
Essex, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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 

Thank Elizabeth P
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!

Thank AndyA104

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