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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

Address: 12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England (Kensington and Hyde Park)
Phone Number: 020 7602 3316
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Ranked #29 of 924 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The only...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

This place is definitely worth a visit. It's an artist's house and isn't huge (i.e. don't expect a stately home) but a gorgeous and lavish Kensington home with the artist's studio and work. Also, you can go back for free for a year after your first visit.

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Orpington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The oriental interior of the house is endlessly fascinating and stunning but was matched by the fabulous Perez Hilton collection of 19th century art displayed in the house. Alma Tadema is a favourite of mine and it was a genuine thrill to see his Roses of Heliogabalus which was brilliantly displayed in a separate room. Not to be missed is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Despite the very negative review in the Times, my husband and I still decided to visit the exhibition, and we were glad we did. The interior, especially the entrance and Arab Hall are stunning. The free booklet and audio guide provide a good introduction to all the pictures on exhibit. I loved Edwin Long's "Queen Esther" and my husband found... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The current exhibition has some fantastic Alma-Tadema paintings including the Roses of Heliogabalus which is really breathtaking in its beauty. The interior of the house is very interesting and the audio guide included in the price is a bonus. National Trust members get a 50% reduction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

A house owned by a very famous President of the royal academy of arts in the 19th century . Collected many valuable items from all around the world has a beautiful sense of taste in mixing many cultures together in an English house . Love to visit again .

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

An amazing Victorian setting, showing the stunning Alma-Tadema masterpiece, Roses of Heliogabalus together with other pre-raphaelite/neo-classical works, should not be missed.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I hadn't been to the house since the refurb and am delighted to see that it hasn't lost its character. The exhibition is very good, although you'll need to bring your glasses as the info is all in a (excellent free) booklet and the lighting levels are very low, presumably to protect the paintings. The house is unique and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Visited for the Victorian obsession exhibition. Glorious pictures and what a setting ! Astounding interiors. The exhibition had an audio guide which was very good ( and free) the young girl handing these out was utterly charming and very helpful. I'm an artfund member so the cost was very reasonable. The museum is easy to find and well signposted (... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Recently visited this wonderful museum and art gallery to see the Perez Simon collection and thoroughly enjoyed it. Had a recorded guide set which talked us through the paintings and the house itself was impressive and it felt like being back in time. A surprise awaited us when entering the room to see the picture The Roses of Heliogabalus -... More 

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Frome, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

To come off the bustle of Kensington High Stree and to step into this house is like stepping back in time. The collection of paintings are surely in their right home . A most wonderous selection of paintings you would not normally get the opportunity to see individually never mind side by side. The show stealer is The Roses of... More 

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