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St. Botolph's Priory, Colchester

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St. Botolph's Priory was a Medieval Augustinian religious house in Colchester, Essex and had the distinction of being the first and leading Augustinian convent in England until its dissolution in 1536.
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  • July 14, 2017
    Just admire the stunning beauty of these Roman ruins, preserved to our days. Well done to the Italians-such beauty built. Already a thousand years and still stand will be, if not destroy again. Nearby is the old church and St Botolph's Priory works with 1100 years. Too was destroyed and rebuilt later.
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  • July 10, 2017
    Colchester is a wonderful place. Full of the most amazing architecture. Hidden away behind a car park stands St Botolph's Priory. Nothing more than a ruin, you can, however, imagine how it would have ...  more »
  • June 7, 2017
    The ruins that the visitor sees now reveal the Roman bricks recycled for use in the building of the Priory. When first built it would have been finished in mortar or similar to give a clean surface. T...  more »
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  • This place would benefit from a bit more information, but none the less is definitely worth a visit. Even if you only spend two minutes it is a fascinating and beautiful ancient attraction just a few yards from the high street.
  • Awesome ruin! Great place just to walk through on your way somewhere else. It's was foggy when we went which gave it a spooky feel.
  • Hidden Colchester history next to town centre, worth a visit, great for photography students and plenty of information boards around tell the story of these ruins. Worth a visit.
  • A peaceful, dreamy and relaxing place to escape the noise of traffic.
  • An interesting ruin to visit.

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A short train ride from London, Colchester is a university and working town. Hotels in the town center are near the main attractions, but for less expensive lodging consider a room near the university campus, which is situated in a tree-filled parkland.
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