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.

Opening Hours

Our Summer and Winter opening times change at the same time as the British Summer Time (BST) and the UK Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Summer (BST)

Start at the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October.

Monday to Saturday:

09:30 – 17:00

Sunday:

10:00 – 16:00

Winter (GMT)

Start at the last Sunday of October and end on the last Sunday of March.

Monday to Saturday:

09:30 – 17:00

Sunday:

Closed

Christmas/New Year

Opening times between the 24th December to 2nd January.

Monday to Saturday:

10:00 – 15:00

Sunday:

Closed

Bank holidays

We are open as normal on the Bank Holiday Mondays (Summer bank holiday, Spring bank holiday, Early May bank holiday, Easter Monday) and are closed for all other Bank Holidays.

Café Opening Times

The Tiptree Tea Room has it’s own opening times. More details can be found on the café page.