"St. Boltolph's Priory - a gem within a gem" Colchester Things to Do Tip by comagirl

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This very lovely, ruined monastery church was probably our favorite surprise of our trip in March 2005. In the fascinating bustle that is Colchester, it is an astonishing site of quiet beauty. The remains include most of the facade of the church, with its gothic arch doorway; most of both walls the northern aisle, and not quite as much of the southern aisle. There are some flooring tombstones in the center of the roofless edifce. A small walled graveyard is adjacent; the Victorian church by the same name is immediately south of it.

Take the time to walk all around & through the standing walls and look up at the sky and trees through open roof and windows. Even though there are playing fields at the other end of the park in which the Priory stands, a few minutes of stillness on your part will yield the serenity this place has to offer.

Directions: Walk south from the Tourist Info Office; you'll spot the Victorian church of St. Boltolph rising on your left. The Priory is immediately before it, with a small, low-walled graveyard before that.

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 3, 2007
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