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A stunning Grade I listed Priory and the oldest continuously occupied building in Southend. Prittlewell Priory has been a monastery, a private house, and a museum. What you see today is but a fraction of what was here in the middle ages, when much of what is now Priory Park was occupied by buildings, farmland, orchards and gardens. 

Follow in the footsteps of the 13th century Cluniac monks through to the Scrattons, a Victorian family who were the last to live in this wonderful home. With some incredible examples of natural history on display, we are now also home to some wonderful protected wildlife!

There is so much to do and see on your visit, both inside the Priory and around the beautiful walled gardens and park. You can then finish your visit with some simple refreshments in our visitor centre and gift shop.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Capacity limit
  • Face mask essential (not provided)


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Venue approved for civil marriage


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs allowed in the Visitor Centre
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets



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      Well connected by local bus routes and only a short walk from Victoria bus station in central Southend. Train links with the nearest train station being Prittlewell, which has frequent trains running between Southend Victoria and London Liverpool Street. 

      Prittlewell Priory


      Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend, Essex, SS2 6NB

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      * Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. In winter, closes at 4pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.

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