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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

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Address: Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
Phone Number: +44 1938 756814
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Description: Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret...
Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work - Vintage cameras - Programme of changing exhibitions - Victorian dressing-up room - Isle of Wight Festival displays - FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information. Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available.
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A fascinating museum

We were fortunate to visit on the first day of the Annie Liebovitz exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed everything we saw. Lovely cakes in the tea room too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Gloucestershire, UK
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Gloucestershire, UK
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We were fortunate to visit on the first day of the Annie Liebovitz exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed everything we saw. Lovely cakes in the tea room too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Have never been here before but it had been recommended. We were so glad we went. The guide was very knowledgeable and the photos are incredible!

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South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I was really looking forward to this but it was a massive disappointment. It seems to be run by volunteers but who is curating or managing? They could do so much more! To be frank, it looks kind of amateurish and not 'The Isle of Wight's best kept secret' as advertised. The cafe wouldn't serve us a sandwich because it... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Take as much or as little from it as you will. If you want to spend a few hours soaking it up it's there for you to do. Equally you could just drop in for an hour and still have an experience.

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Senior Contributor
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10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Popped out last weekend after a nice walk up to the Tennyson monument. Although the building is a little bit tired, the interior is a reflection of times passed when the Island was a very Victorian place to go to. The exhibitions are a good mix of the history of photography through to the era of modern music on the... More 

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Freshwater, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Dimbola Museum & Galleries is located just off Gate Lane & just a little inland from Freshwater Bay's beach. Entrance to the delightful tea room is free (but naturally one pays for one's food & drinks). There is also a little tea garden that's lovely to sit in whilst enjoying the fabulous views of the bay & Tennyson Down. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Very good value 4money, delicious and extraordinary lovely service!!! Would go again! It just was lovingly served&enough to share!

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I love Dimbola & have a yearly pass with my husband. I can't praise it enough! The cafe serves fabulous food, the setting is beautiful, the galleries & art on display is always changing (apart from the Julia Margaret Cameron display which is permanent as it was she who lived there) & there are plenty of events held there all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Let's be honest. We drove over to Freshwater to find out whether or not Tennyson's former home Farringford House was open to the public. My mother remembers having a cream-tea at the hotel sometime in the 1990s. The House is undergoing a renovation. On our way back from Freshwater Beach we thought we'd drop into Dimbola Lodge for a light... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Had great afternoon tea and sandwiches here. Museum is basically exhibtions of photographs. Found it a little yawnworthy. Good local artist exhibiting - excellant line drawings. Another more amateur artist downstairs. £5 admission we thought would be VERY expensive. Luckily we have National Art Passes so admission was free. Otherwise would have felt anything over £2 would have been a... More 

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