An impressive front view of St Botolph's Priory

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St Botolph's Priory was the first English Augustinian priory church, founded at the end of the eleventh century by the Anglo-Saxon minster community of Colchester just a stones throw outside of the Roman city walls. Sadly, only the ruined remains of the nave survive today, having been severely damaged during the Siege of Colchester during the English Civil War, however in many ways it is remains one of the most interesting and visually appealing historic sites in Colchester; a relatively hidden gem right in the heart of the city.

The site remains under the care of English Heritage and the modestly sized grounds are free to explore, with benches and grassland providing opportunities for picnics. 

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Road Directions

From colchester High Street turn right in to Queen Street. Queen Street turns into St Botolphs Street, take a left into Priory Street.The nearest railway station is Colchester Town, which is 0 miles away.


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St Botolph's Priory, Colchester


St Botolphs Prioy, Priory Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QA

Tel: 01206 282931


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