The Minories

The Minories Galleries

The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art, part of Colchester Institute. The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region, has meeting rooms for hire, and can also cater for weddings and other events. A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester.

The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, over the years assisted by the ‘Friends of The Minories’ support group, have ensured the building be used to present art for the community of Colchester and visitors to the town. This has continued and now ensures the Colchester School of Art provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings.

As well as the public gallery and shop, there is also an onsite ‘Tiptree’ Tea Room and a wonderful walled garden that is looked after by The Friends of The Minories.

The Minories is next door to Firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.

The Galleries are open Monday – Saturday

10.00am – 5.00pm.

Entry is Free.

The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street, CO1 1UE, Colchester

Tel: (01206) 712437 


‘Tiptree’ Tea Room at The Minories

Tel: (01206) 765131


The Minories Galleries
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Image Gallery
Exhibitions, Events and Projects

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Venue Hire
The Garden, and some areas of the main building are available for private hire, for business meetings, conferences or training sessions.

The Gardens and Building are also a wonderful setting for wedding receptions, private parties and other celebrations.

Contact us for more information.
Tel: (01206) 712437

Hire The Minories 

  • Weddings
  • Exhibition Hire
  • Private hire (parties and celebrations)
  • Business meetings
  • Conferences
  • Training sessions
The Minories Shop
Support local artists, designers and makers by visiting our shop at The Minories Galleries. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm, located in The Front Room on the ground floor.

We stock exciting and unique artworks by local artists and makers including jewellery, greetings cards, prints, original artworks, ceramics, glassware, and cushions - All made by artists from Colchester and surrounding areas.
We also sell a range of catalogues from previous exhibitions at the Minories Galleries, clothing and accessories by local textile designers and artist's furniture.

If you are interested in selling in The Minories Shop please contact us on

Tel: (01206) 712437 or E-mail: