The Minories Galleries

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74 High Street

  • Phone: 01206 712437

    A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester. The Friends of the Minories and Victor Batte-Lay Trust have ensured the building be used to the benefit of the local arts community. This continues with Colchester School of Art providing contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings. As well as studios for the MA students, the site also houses a public gallery and café surrounded by a walled garden. The Minories is next door to firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.

    Further information

    Opening Hours:

    Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm


    Free Entry - Open to the Public.

    Travel directions:

    By Road: Coming from either Colchester bus station or Colchester Town Station follow Queen St towards the Castle Park. Before you get to the castle park you will see a side entrance to the Minories which is signed. If coming from the High St please follow the road to end, we are on the right hand side just past the Castle Park. Accessible by Public Transport : Colchester Town station

    Upcoming events:

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    Facilities and services


    • High chairs in café/restaurant
    • Baby changing facilities
    • Meeting room available
    • Facilities for private functions and events
    • Conference facilities available
    • Wheelchair access to all public areas
    • Toilets for disabled
    • Toilets
    • Shop
    • Restaurant
    • Refreshments
    • Members/Friends facilities offered
    • Licensed bar
    • Lecture theatre
    • Late night openings
    • Gardens open to public
    • Cinema/film screening facilities
    • Cafeteria
    • Study facilities
    • Research facilities for academics
    • Library

    Facilities information:

    Cafe / Shop Accessibilty: Disabled access via the garden entrance


    • Volunteering scheme offered
    • Pre-booking service for groups
    • Online shop
    • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
    • Information point provided
    • Guided tours
    • Events and resources for children and families
    • Public access available to collections information
    • General guide to collections available
    • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
    • Adult lectures and courses held
    • Academic publications and resources available
    • Professional development and training for teachers
    • Member of staff available with responsibility for education

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