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The Minories Galleries

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Address: 74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
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+44 1206 712437
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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 beautiful walled garden, which is home to 'The Batte-Lay Tea Room'. The Minories is next door to firstsite, in the centre of the town's cultural quarter. Opening times: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.

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Christmas shopping

I hadn't visited the gallery for about five years - so long overdue. the shop is amazing - stuffed full of beautiful and great value art and crafts. I have bought so many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 25, 2016
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very underused space, the main exhibition hall had only about a dozen pictures, and the hall smelt damp and bad. A second smaller hall displayed pots and vases, quite small but nice items, many also for sale. The shop had an interesting range of prints and gifts, but the main purpose of the building, ( an art gallery) was a... More 

Thank Andy E
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

I hadn't visited the gallery for about five years - so long overdue. the shop is amazing - stuffed full of beautiful and great value art and crafts. I have bought so many christmas presents already - well worth a visit to get great and unique stuff which also supports this great space.

Thank Shoebattymell
Marks Tey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The wife and I had a very interesting visit to this art gallery which was so original in there ideas.

Thank Mark E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

This review relates specifically to the Minories as an exhibition space and gallery. When visiting, the gallery appeared to have two exhibitions. The first floor was an exhibition of printmaking students' work and the ground floor an open exhibition celebrating 70 years of the Colchester Art Society. The setting was fusty, tatty and in desperate need of some sort of... More 

Thank dollychops
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

Nice place to eat in town with a very large outside area. This is great for a sunny day as you cant believe your in town. However I believe this place must be owned by (Wilkinson's) the Tiptree jam co. as everything (incl. the price) is related to them. I found the food Good, Pricey, and short on staff. Shame... More 

Thank Colin S
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

If you're looking for good, healthy food, friendly service and the chance to sit out in the sun (or shade), The Minories is a good bet. Interesting menu (including some great homemade cakes), cosy atmosphere, and good service. The garden is a delight.

Thank Lazlo_Almasy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

Different exhibition over the year ,housed in an old converted house, some rather wacky,very nice historical garden ,with seating outside so you can consume the food from the establishment ,rather relaxing and quiet and tranquil.

Thank fruitbun
Colchester, Essex, Uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

We meet here with a group quite often through the summer and can chill out with our lunch in the garden after a tour of the exhibits. There have been many interesting works on display, the tours are interesting. I have also done drawing classes here and had a great time. The cafe has recently been taken over by Tiptree... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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110 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

A quick glance in the gallery rooms and you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd arrived in the middle of a house removal - lots of empty space and a few forgotten items haphazardly placed on the floor. Nevertheless, on our way through to the cafe some of the sculptures provided a source of amusement (and/or bewilderment) to myself and my... More 

Thank GameOf_scones
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2016

Just popped in one day with friends whilst in the area, and thought it was great. Lovely little place - would be great for a wedding or special occasion - just a little bit different. Great café too!

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