COVID-19: Information

Hello Everyone

We are really sorry but due to the spread of the Coronavirus, as a precaution to protect our visitors and artists in line with all other galleries, museums and theatres, we have decided to close our Gallery to the public from 5pm on Wednesday 18th March 2020 until at least the 19th of April.

Work will continue behind the scenes until we can re-open. We will be reviewing the situation in early April

The Wilkin Tearoom will stay open, via the Garden Gate from Thursday 19th March to Sat 21st March as normal, and will be offering a takeaway service and selling gifts next week between Monday 23rd and Saturday 28th March. Please note there will be no access to the gallery, shop or office at all, this is just the Tearoom.

Location – Access and Directions


Follow the A12 north bound to junction 27 and follow the road signs directing you to the Town Centre which takes about five minutes. The Minories Galleries are located just at the end of the High Street at the top of East Hill.


We are housed in a Grade II listed building, which is a mix of Tudor and Georgian. So we are sorry but we don’t have a lift and that does restrict access to the first floor unless you are sufficiently able to use our two staircases. Currently our wheelchair access is via the garden gate.


The closest car parks are:


By Train

There are two train stations in Colchester, with the closest being Colchester Town Station, which is located in the Town Centre. This is approximately a 5-10 minute walk along the length of Queens Street where you will see Colchester Castle across the road at the top and the Minories Galleries is just round the corner on the right, opposite Hollytrees. Colchester North Station is the town’s main station and is a 20 minute walk, which is now guided by the Fixing the Link walking route

By Bus

Colchester Bus Station is located on Osbourne Street in the Town Centre and runs regular services locally and regionally. There is also a Park and Ride from the A12 at junction 28.

Passengers travelling along the High Street can alight at either stop Ha, which is opposite the Minories Galleries at the top of East Hill, or Ja in Queen Street depending on the bus service. Passengers travelling up East Hill towards the Town Centre can alight at stop Hb.

By Air

Stansted Airport is just 50 minutes away from Colchester by road via the A12 and A120, and there are regular Coach transfer services available between Marks Tey Train Station and Stansted Airport.