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Interesting ruined Norman priory, free to visit

This priory was built by the Normans just outside Colchester's city walls, using Roman bricks. It's... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2018
Folkestone, England
Delightful place

Quiet and away from the crowds of Colchester no longer the haunt of too many winos and druggies... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
David Patrick W
Saint-Malo, France
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Priory Street, Colchester C02 7EE, England
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

Every time I park nearby, I walk through the Priory, and there is always a group of homeless or junkies... and I don't feel 100% safe. Would NEVER go at night time! The place is dirty, cans, cigarette butts...

2  Thank Veronica W
Reviewed 13 October 2018

It took a long time to find the priory, the signage in the town as a whole was poor. On arrival we were met by noisy, barracking people, drinking or worse who made us feel unwanted. Tried again later and the position was the same....More

1  Thank Anne M
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Quiet and away from the crowds of Colchester no longer the haunt of too many winos and druggies. This was the first ? one in the country ?

Thank David Patrick W
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Seeing the old parts of Colchester are very cool. The history in the city is just amazing. We enjoyed every moment of the tours.

2  Thank 649briank
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Fabulous historical remains of a Norman building that in it's time, played such an important role in English history before the dissolution of the Abbeys/Priorys under King Henry the VIII's ruling which is actually in the oldest town in Britain, I wanted to stay longer...More

Reviewed 27 September 2018

This priory was built by the Normans just outside Colchester's city walls, using Roman bricks. It's an interesting example of the early use of brickwork in England. The priory was dissolved under King Henry VIII in the 16th century, but most of the damage was...More

Thank Numismatist
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

The priory was destroyed in the reformation and later in the civil war it’s in the care of English heritage and local museum service open till dusk and free to walk round a couple of information signs on the site

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Often have drinks and druggies sitting on the grass or benches shouting, this is not what we should be subjected too when l looking around a piece of Colchester's History

Thank Marie R
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Though surrounded by busy town life, it is a peaceful place. You can just relax here, imagine what the place used to look like in the time of its glory.. And you can be sure there'll be some squirrels accompanying you :)

Thank romanan2013
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Definitely worth visiting if you are in the area. There are enough ruins left for you to imagine what the place looked like before the priory was closed by Henry VIII and ruined during the Siege of Colchester in 1648. There is a small park...More

Thank barbara361
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