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“The Garden Room” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
01227 452747
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Ranked #6 of 148 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
37 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“The Garden Room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The Garden Room, is one of the gallery's in the building, it has some massive very well done oil paintings, what I personally call proper art not the contemporary rubbish you see now a says. The painting that really caught my eye was one of a giant prize bull called 'Charlie' the descriptions given with the paintings were very detailed. The Tourist Information Centre is housed in this building

Visited January 2013
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“Great place in heart of Canterbury”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Interesting library and art gallery with pleasant cafe. All newly revamped. Efficient and well run. Interesting building. On the high street in the centre of historic Canterbury. Well worth a visit.

Visited January 2013
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“Poor book selection & generally ill-planned”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Very disappointed with the re-vamped Beaney Centre. One large accessible room dedicated to one local artist, permanently? This is fine for tourists but for appeal to those living locally this should have been a rotating exhibition room. I have now seen the works so have no reason ever to enter that room again. Literature selection in library is atrocious. One volume from Zola and one from de Maupassant (I accept these are not mainstream but they are classics) and would you believe, six from Katie Price! I was able to request a copy from another library at a cost of 35p but for a city the size of Canterbury this is unacceptable. Canterbury is teeming with coffee shops and snack bars so the large area dedicated to providing another one would have served better as an extension to the library.

Visited January 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“noisy and ill planned”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

sorry but this is not a library nor a museum. it is a sad conglomeration of both. noisy children's section, small quantity of books. more a money maker shop and cafe than anything else.

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“Fantastic, great for children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Brilliant as a museum and loads of hands on stuff for children to look at and get hands on with. Building really well used, space feels big light and airy but not intimidating. Children get lots of things to try, ours loved using an electronic microscope to look at fossilised sharks teeth. Anthony Browne exhibition also really well thought out, worth the small fee for this part, but the rest of the museum was free.

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