On Sunday morning, we took Sausage to feed the ducks at Priory Park in Southend on Sea. The ducks weren’t really biting, so we decided to have a walk around the park and I’m so glad we did. In the middle of the park is a medieval priory, which has been open to visitors on and off over the last few decades. What we didn’t know is that the whole place has been restored and given a makeover and it’s now a gorgeous museum and visitors centre.

The restored Prittlewell Priory opened just two weeks ago, their website has since informed me, and they’ve really done a beautiful job. The last people to live there were the Scratton family, who added an extension to make it a residence in Victorian times, and that’s been restored to how it would have looked then, but the actual Priory has been taken back to what it would have looked like when the Clunian monks lived there back in 13th century.

It was brilliant to learn so much about the history of my home town and I’m so impressed with the restoration of the buildings. The grounds were spectacular too, and I thought I’d share some of my photos with you in the gallery below.

The best bit is, entry was totally free! It was such a treat to stumble upon this hidden gem on a glorious Sunday morning and I’d recommend it to anyone who is in the area and has a spare hour to kill. To be honest, I could have sat in the Priory gardens, just watching the butterflies go by for hours!