Prittlewell Priory

Travel back in time at the Prittlewell Priory. The enduring example of a 12th Cluniac monastery can be found at the heart of Priory Park which boasts 45 acres of tranquil gardens and parks, sports pitches, and a children’s playground. Through the years, Prittlewell Priory has been a monastery, a residence, and a museum.


The Prittlewell Priory was founded in the early 12th century by the Cluniac Order as a cell to the Priory of St. Pancras at Lewes, Sussex. Housing only 18 monks, the Prittlewell Priory was considered a lesser monastery during its time. The monastery was among the casualties when King Henry VIII ordered for the dissolution of monasteries in 1536.

After the Dissolution of the Priory, the monastery became a private residence and was granted to Lord Chancellor Audley, who conveyed it to Robert, son of Lord Rich. Various families came to live in the monastery-turned-private-residence. The last family to live there were the 19th century Scrattons until the building was bought by Robert Jones who later turned it into Southend’s first museum in 1922.

More alterations to the structure were done in the early 20th century, where the Refectory was restored and partly rebuilt. Some of the surviving original features you will see on the Prittlewell Priory include a 12th century doorway with chevron and dog tooth ornamentation. The existing buildings were refurbished and the new Visitor Centre building was built in 2011. The construction costs ran up to £2 million and was 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. The project was completed in 2012 and the Priory was reopened to the public in June while the new Visitor Centre followed in February 2013.

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The Priory is a two-storey building. Its second floor is accessible via a self-operated lift and one area, The Minstrel’s Gallery, is accessible in a wheelchair. The Visitor Centre is all on one level which allows easy access throughout the facility. A disabled toilet can also be found at The Visitor Centre. There are also limited disabled parking spaces at the side of the Visitor Centre. The Prittlewell Priory is a short walk away from the free car park.


Refreshments are available in the exhibition room at the Hall. Here, visitors can enjoy freshly ground Fairtrade coffee, premium hot chocolate, and specialty teas from the outdrinks machine. Unique gifts, toys, and stationery can be purchased at the museum’s gift shop.

Priory Park can accommodate up to 100 people for a ceremony, allowing you to invite many of your loved ones to celebrate your wedding.

Fees & charges

If you are considering to hold your wedding ceremony at Prittlewell Priory, here are the schedules and accompanying fees you should know:

Tues, Wed, Thurs before 6pm – £1,015.00
Tues, Wed, Thurs after 6pm – £1,350.00
Fri, Sat before 6:00pm – £1,560.00
Fri, Sat after 6:00pm – £2,200.00
Non-refundable Deposit £250.00


Getting There by Train:
There are two direct rail lines that operate between London and Southend: Fenchurch Street to Southend Central (C2C line) and Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria (Greater Anglia line). The trip will take around 45 minutes to an hour. The closest station to Prittlewell Priory is Prittlewell Station on the Greater Anglia line.

Getting There by Bus:
The nearest bus stops to Priory Park are located on Victoria Avenue and Fairfax Drive. These bus stops are close to Priory Park’s main entrances.

Getting There by Car:
To get to Priory Park, take the A127 and A13 link Southend to the M25.
From the north, Southend is accessible via A1, M11, M25 (Junction 29 – 20 miles) and A127.
From the south, you can reach Southend via the M25 (Junction 30 – 26 miles) Dartford Tunnel & A13.

Opening Times

The Priory is closed two days a week (Monday and Tuesday) and open from 11am to 5pm at Wednesday to Sunday from March 1st to October 31st, including bank holidays. The Priory’s opening schedule is open from Wednesday to Sunday at 11am until 4pm from November 1st through February 28/29th, including bank holidays.

For further inquiries, you can reach out to Southend Museums by dialling 01702 212190 or sending an email to

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