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Opening Times

The Priory

1st March to 31st October:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 11-5

Thursday: 11-5

Friday: 11-5

Saturday: 11-5

Sunday: 11-5

1st November - 29th February:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 11-4

Sunday: 11-4

Please note we do not allow buggies, pushchairs, bikes or scooters in the Priory.

Prittlewell Priory was founded by the Cluniac Order in the early 12th century as a cell to the Priory of St Pancras at Lewes, Sussex.


It was one of the lesser monasteries housing not more than 18 monks. In 1536 much of the building was destroyed and what remained was much altered during the 18th Century. Alterations were made again in the early 20th Century, when the Refectory was restored and partly rebuilt. A number of original features do survive, including a 12th Century doorway with chevron and dog tooth ornamentation.


After the Dissolution the Priory was a private residence and it was granted to Lord Chancellor Audley, who conveyed it to Robert, son of Lord Rich. It afterwards passed with the manor to various families. The last family to live there, the 19th Century Scrattons, are explored in an exhibition inside the house. In 1917 the building was purchased by Robert Jones, and in May 1922 it opened as Southend's first museum.


In 2011 works began on refurbishing the existing buildings and the construction of a new Visitor Centre. The £2 million works were in part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Cory Environmental Trust in Southend and were undertaken by The Facility Architects and Ibex Interiors. Works were completed in the summer of 2012 and the Priory re-opened in the June of that year. The new Visitor Centre, adjacent to the Priory, opened in February 2013.

Visitor Centre

1st March to 31st October:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10-5

Thursday: 10-5

Friday: 10-5

Saturday: 10-5

Sunday: 10-5

1st November - 29th February:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 11-4

Thursday: 11-4

Friday: 11-4

Saturday: 11-4

Sunday: 11-4

Getting Here


Priory Park

Victoria Avenue





Telephone: 01702 212190


  • Getting Here by Train
    Two direct rail lines operate between London and Southend - Fenchurch Street to Southend Central (C2C line) and Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria (Greater Anglia). The journey time on both lines is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. The closest station to Prittlewell Priory is Prittlewell Station on the Greater Anglia line. Those arriving on Southend bound trains should exit the station and turn right onto East Street, those arriving on London bound trains will need to with the station via station approach leading on to East Street. Continue on until you reach the traffic lights and turn right onto Victoria Avenue, after a short downhill walk you will reach a set of traffic lights where Priory Crescent meets Victoria Avenue. Cross Priory Crescent and enter Priory Park.
  • Getting Here by Bus
    The nearest bus stops to Priory park are located on Victoria Avenue and Fairfax drive close the Main Entrances.
  • Getting Here by Car
    The A127 and A13 link Southend to the M25. From the north Southend is accessible via the A1, M11, M25 (Junction 29 - 20 miles) & A127. From the south, Southend is reached via the M25 (Junction 30 - 26 miles) Dartford Tunnel & A13. Parking at Priory Park is free and disabled parking is available

Visitor Information

Gift Shop and Refreshments

Discover unique gifts, toys and stationery in our museum Gift Shop. 

Refreshments are available in the exhibition room at the Hall. Visitors can enjoy a freshly ground Fairtrade coffee, premium hot chocolate and speciality teas - from ourdrinks machine. A range cold beverages and biscuits are available.

Prittlewell Priory Accessibility

The Visitor Centre is all on one level, allowing access throughout, and housing a disabled toilet. The Priory is a two-floor building - the second floor is accessible via a self-operated lift.  One area is inaccessible in a wheelchair - the Minstrel's Gallery (a small balcony overlooking the Refectory) though the Refectory can be seen from behind the gallery.

Limited disabled parking spaces are available to the side of the Visitor Centre. Access is through the Priory Park car park - on entering the park, keep going straight rather than turning right into the main car park.

The cellar area of the Priory is dimly lit and there is a video playing.

Weddings at Pritlewell Priory

Weddings at

Prittlewell Priory

Celebrate your wedding in the beautiful surroundings of Prittlewell Priory and gardens.

Sponsr a Paver

Sponsor a Paver at

Prittlewell Priory

Create a special memory, and let your message  become a part of Prittlewell history!

Events at Prittlewell Priory

What's on at

Prittlewell Priory

There's lots of great events all year round, exploring the history of this iconic building.

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