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50th At the Officers club

We went to the Officers Club which is only accessed by going through St Johns Gate. This is a... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2017
Stanford-Le-Hope, United Kingdom
Another photograph opportunity

If you like your architecture and historical buildings this is worth the walk. The 15th century... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2016
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

This gatehouse is all that remains of a Benedictine abbey of St. John, built in the early 15th century. So there is not much to see, but it makes for a great photo op. And you can stand at the gatehouse and imagine what the...More

Thank barbara361
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Just in the heart of Colchester, easy to access. Lovely spot and very interesting. Easy to take a tour around from others historical sities if you plan at once

Thank Kristina K
Reviewed 1 February 2018

St Johns Abbey Gate is all that is left of St Johns Abbey, a forlorn relic of an unpopular, unlucky institution built to protect its monks from the unhappy townspeople. The Gate makes for a good photo, and will probably have a new lease of...More

Thank castlecorbenic
Reviewed 3 October 2017

A monument which I think is a gateway to the Abbey which has been dismantled a few ways by various leaders in the past.

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Colchester has so much history packed into this town - whether Iron Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Tudor, Victorian or Georgian. This particular piece of history is about the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1500s by King Henry VIII. It was the home of Blessed...More

Thank A-More-Excellent-Way
Reviewed 16 April 2017

It's quite impressive to look at but that is it, no rooms that can go in or anything like that. There are many of these up & down the country & would say better ones but like St Botolph's Priory if passing then have a...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

We went to the Officers Club which is only accessed by going through St Johns Gate. This is a excellent venue having a lovely set of interconnecting rooms that can all be opened up to form a larger area. There is a very good well...More

Thank PartyMason
Reviewed 29 October 2016

very difficult to find as signage was rubbish! not really much to see but a good photo opportunity. there are some signs to give you the history of the location.

Thank ForeverKatie
Reviewed 21 September 2016

If you like your architecture and historical buildings this is worth the walk. The 15th century gatehouse is well preserved (by English Heritage). Didn't go on a guided tour but there is an information board nearby which gives you the history of the gatehouse. It...More

Thank DRMR119
Reviewed 14 August 2016

We had some difficulty in finding this gateway because of a complete lack of signage, and it is rather a trek to reach it from the town centre. The 15th century gateway is very well preserved and well worth the effort of finding it.

Thank Michael C
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