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The Minories Galleries

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Nice art gallery at top of East Hill

Often missed as the far larger and brasher 'Firstsite' art gallery just round the corner seems to... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2018
Colchester, United Kingdom
Nice gallery at the top of hill coming into town

Small and often quirky gallery at the top of East Hill as you come into town from that way. Usually... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Colchester, United Kingdom
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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...more
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74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE, England
+44 1206 712437
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

We really enjoyed our visit to The Minories and viewed a great exhibition by local tutors from Colchester Institute University Centre

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 16 November 2018

Often missed as the far larger and brasher 'Firstsite' art gallery just round the corner seems to hog the limelight these days. This one shouldn't be missed, however, as there are often great little exhibitions of local art and some quite quirky stuff. Nice little...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

My husband and I visited to see the WW1 exhibition. Personal, poignant and tasteful, arranged to tell a story informative and moving.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Diane B
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Have had lunch here over the years and it’s still great. Pleasant choice of dish of the days, sandwiches, baked potatoes, homemade cakes and teas, coffees and drinks. Garden tables very pleasant and inside equally nice. Friendly service too.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 27 July 2018

A place to unwind. Beautiful garden to sit in or inside and food is lovely. Glad it still there after many years and still as popular.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kim S
Reviewed 22 July 2018

The Minories is a friendly gallery with the pleasant ambience of a Georgian town house. It holds regular exhibitions, including the annual show of the Colchester Art Society. The best exhibitions of recent years have been one-man shows including wonderful landscapes by Michael Goodey and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Tamsyn T
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Small and often quirky gallery at the top of East Hill as you come into town from that way. Usually a good selection of local artists' work which probably wouldn't get showcased. Easily overlooked, as the 'VAF' gallery is pretty much next door, so needs...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank sfmann106
Reviewed 17 April 2018

The Minories is part of the Colchester School of Art and so provides a great space for student work to be exhibited alongside that of established artists. We enjoyed our look around and particularly liked the shop! There is a nice garden at the back...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank EH-in-York
Reviewed 20 September 2017

After being in the lovely litttle cafe, decided to have a look around the Galleries. One room had some nice paintings, one had about 500 photos, of nothing really interesting, another, modern art stuff... Not our thing so did not really appreciate it

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank alisdairt
Reviewed 1 September 2017

This review is about the cafe, not the gallery. It's a lovely place, with a nice garden, however the service I received was poor. It's not cheap and I would expect better. Dirty, uncleaned tables. I had to ask for mine to be wiped and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank gill h
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