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Prittlewell Priory, Southend-on-Sea

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Prittlewell Priory is a medieval priory in the Prittlewell area of Southend, Essex, England. It was founded in the 12th century, by monks from the Cluniac Priory of St Pancras in Lewes, East Sussex, now known as Lewes Priory, and passed into private hands at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII. The last private owner, the jeweller R. A. Jones, gave the priory and the grounds to the local council. The grounds now form a public park, Priory Park, and the Grade I listed building is open to the public as a museum. Priory Park is located adjacent to the priory.

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  • There is free parking in the park. Unfortunately even during these socially distanced times the cafe in the park only takes cash. It’s a short walk to the priory which is free to visit. The visitor...  more »
  • So much history to be found definitely worth a visit when in Southend, with a nice park to walk around and lovely flowers when in season.  more »
  • The heavily-restored remains of a priory, with atmospheric rooms and interesting audiovisual displays, but the highlight for me was the brilliant explanation of the volunteer guide.  more »
  • Such a beautiful place. Loads of history. Stunning park. Very peaceful even though lots of people. A must to visit if in Southend.
  • Very interesting and informative visit. Lovely surroundings and plenty of history. Free to enter Priory.
  • It is very peaceful. I had an amazing time as l learnt how long the buildings have been preserved by the government.
  • It child friendly, my 5 year old greatgrandson loved it and its free. Excellent.
  • It's nice to learn about the past but it's also good how they have done the displays that make it that children can interact

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