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The Minories Galleries

74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
+44 1206 712437
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Ranked #5 of 43 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, Essex, Uk
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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
24 helpful votes 24 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

Essex
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I've visited the galleries two weekends in a row, the first time with my mother and aunt who really enjoyed the current exhibitions followed by a coffee and cake in the Garden Cafe, it was a glorious sunny afternoon and busy. I went back this weekend with a friend and her two girls aged 4 and 5 who were fascinated... 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 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

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I've had for a very long time. The black pudding=simply delicious. Seriously, what is there not to like about the The Minories Galleries and the Cafe?

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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 Garden Cafe. Our Full English Breakfasts are really popular, and we pride ourselves for using the best local produce, we can tell you all about our sausages and bacon, both from our local family butchers, just a short walk away from... More

Colchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I love this gallery, the exhibitions are great, the cafe is brilliant. The employees are friendly and informative.

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

Hi There, Thank very much for taking the time to write your short and sweet review, following your visit to our Galleries, Shop and Garden Cafe, earlier this year. We appreciate your feedback and positive comments, especially about our wonderful staff. Hope to see you here again sometime soon. More

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