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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 #105 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The interior is simply stunning ... the Arab Hall transported me to the Middle East. If I rated this place on the building and contents alone, it would get 5*. The exhibition of Rudi Patterson paintings was lovely. However, the staff at the front desk seemed bored and were not particularly welcoming (didn't bother explaining anything) and didn't seem that... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Glorious evocation of Victorian concept of 'oriental', beautifully restored and presented with excellent notes on the rooms and paintings. Quite a dreamy sense of another time & place. Garden opens only in summer

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I had missed seeing the Leighton House Museum several times due to the distance from where I stayed. But this time I combined it with a visit to the V & A. It was well worth the trip. Leighton was a marvelous painter and President of the Royal Academy. His house is a beautiful example of the esthetic period.

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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We enjoyed viewing Leighton's house and it was well worth a visit. However the rating is low due to the very rude behaviour and attitude of the female admissions attendant on Saturday morning (5th April). She even managed to charge the wrong money for the tickets (£12 for 2 concessions) without a hint of an apology. Her rudeness certainly tainted... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

In a small stunning well renovated space that Lord Leighton initially created you get an insight into his life and works. A really fascinating hour. Wouldn't recommend for children.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

A very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. For someone not often been exposed to Islamic art, this is a wonderful collection which shows that it is broader in its scope than is sometimes thought. I understood, for example, that representations of living creatures, either human or animal were not allowed, but they figure here. This is secular Islamic art,... More

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Very much a place to visit to see something that is out of the ordinary. Some lovely masterpieces of both art and statues. The feel of North Africa is dominant but nice and soothing.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This well hidden museum is well worth a visit for the breathtaking Arab interiors. There is usually an interesting exhibition on and these change regularly. Your entrance fee allows return visits for a year. While you are in the area you can wander the streets spotting blue plaques, visit Holland Park or the Linley Sambourne House.

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Leigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Get away from the busy galleries and museums of Central London and spend an hour at Leighton house. The peacock feather coloured tiles are stunning and there is an interesting. Collection of art and carpets / wall hangings.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This building is a true gem. The rooms are certainly not what you'd expect from the outside and reflect artistry of the original owner. Well worth a visit.

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