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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England (Kensington and Hyde Park)
020 7602 3316
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Ranked #116 of 1,084 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Tucked away behind Kensington High Street is this amazing house created by Sir Frederic Leighton. What a remarkable man he must have been to have had the imagination to have put everything together. As you go in the deep rich blue of the tiles in the Arab Hall is quite breathtaking. A fascinating item in the drawing room is the... More

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed the visit to Leighton House and took the time to write a review. Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in London this winter we would be delighted to see you again at 'A Victorian Obsession exhibition' (14 November -... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Have now been to Leighton House twice. For the first time with my wife just to see it and the second time with my parents as I wanted them to see it too. Some of the interiors are absolutely stunning and not what you would expect having just stepped off the upmarket suburban pavements of Kensington. The house is laid... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

When I first walked in, I was a little confused on the coloration between the Victorian paintings, greek looking sculpture, the Persian figurines and God's word in Arabic. But it made sense because the museum is basically the house of the victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The house was built in the 19th century and he turned it into an... More

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting Leighton House and for your kind words; we are glad you enjoyed the visit! We have noticed you were disappointed about the lighting of the house; the lighting is set at the kind of level it would have been in Leighton’s time to give the visitor an authentic experience. With regards to the interpretation... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The former home of Frederic Leighton a British artists of the Victorian era this house is fascinating. The decoration is stunning with the Staircase Hall, Narcissus Hall and Arab Hall having amazing tiles. The Arab Hall has a splendid domed gilded ceiling and amazing woodwork. The remainder of the rooms are more conventional and give an insight into Victorian life.... More

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Off High Street Kensington and owned by the National Trust. This is an amazing house once owned by the English painter and sculptor Lord Leighton. Reopened in 2010 after a major refurbishement it shows off Leighton's lavish home which is an exotic work of art in its own right.

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting Leighton House and taking the time to write a review. The Museum is owned and operated by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since the end of 1920's; The National Trust is a Museum's partner and National Trust members receive a 50% discount on admission to Leighton House Museum on presentation of their... More

Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The artist's former home was fascinating. The rooms were thoughtfully explained on information boards. Audio guides would be even better.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a real gem, a bit further away from the typical tourist area but more than worth the visit. It shows the house of a victorian painter and his taste. In addition, you will see how creative (and successful) persons lived in the victorian area.

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Newton, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The museum is small, but it's worth a visit if only to see the Arab Hall (what I call the Opium Den). The tiles and the sound of the water. You can just imagine the conversations and activities that must have taken place. For lovers of the Arts & Crafts movement this is really an adventure. Regrettably I've never visited... More

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Norwich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

A recent trip to an Albert Hall concert meant that we were staying close by and had 2 or 3 hours to spare. Inspired by the tv series "Professor Huttons Curiosities" (check it out, an excellent series) we sought out this museum. Wonderful ...... Amazing interiors and interesting exhibits and all in an air of complete calm, whilst just a... More

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Duras, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

A great place to spend the afternoon whether you are familiar with Leighton or not. Fabulous Arabic hall, a tiled room with a very tranquil feel. I visited this as part of my arts and crafts "experience" ! The house is well laid out with interesting artefacts, paintings etc and the staff are helpful and informative. It's not too large/overwhelming... More

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