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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built.
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Promenade East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
+44 1202 451858
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All reviews beautiful house late victorian amazing collection guided tour treasure trove victorian era fascinating place on display overlooking the sea free entry nice cafe worth a visit royal bath hotel couple of hours entrance fee rainy day visiting bournemouth
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A fascinating slice of life of this nouveau riche couple's world. The house is an amazing example of its time.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Alison L
Reviewed 1 week ago

As houses go there certainly will not be another one like it ANYWHERE in the world... Its situation even on a dull and dreary January afternoon is spectacular... The house itself has obviously seen better days and the same comment applies to the Royal Bath...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just up the hill behind the Royal Bath Hotel, this elegant mansion was the first house to be in the town for Russell Coates the Lord Mayor of Bournemouth, now restored and open to the public as a museum, entrance is free, well worth a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dave-in-Bournemouth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful museum, situated in the Victorian villa of the Russell-Cotes family, which they left as their legacy to their beloved town. The Russell-Cotes family were of great importance for Bournemouth. As owners of the Royal Bath Hotel they acquired a fortune, which they spent on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 500dank
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on New Years Day and this place is fascinating with some excellent artwork and historic photographs plus a very nice cafe to sit and relax

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dave R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the privilege of visiting this wonderful house and exhibits at the end of December. Less than 10 minutes walk from the pier on the seafront. Staffed by enthusiastic volunteers whose passion for the place shone through. A very reasonable £7.50 for an adult...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MartinLondonTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No visit to Bournemouth would be complete without a visit to this gloriously eccentric and entertaining museum and art gallery. This was a result of numerous tours of the world by the Cotes family and they really had an eye for the weird and wonderful...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Richard G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This charming museum is a must-see if you are anywhere near the pier. Unlike most museums, which are rather cold and sterile, this was once a house - and a grand house it was and is. But it's more like walking through a Victorian mansion...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank marvinbnaylor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

+ A quirky building and contents. Staff very pleasant. Lovely cafe. - Though there were information boards in each area, they didn't relate directly to many items on display, so I sometimes felt disappointed that I wasn't able to identify or find information about some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rose C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely museum crammed with items collected by mr & Mrs Russell Cotes on their travels. There are some fabulous examples of pre Raphaelite art. All very interesting, displayed in a fantastic building that was their home. The cafe is excellent and can be accessed without...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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January 4, 2019|
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Response from X8085XIalanf | Reviewed this property |
Pay when you get there. They take cards. It’s worth thinking about becoming a Friend if you plan several visits. It’s a charity so Gift Aid helps the museum. Prepare to be amazed!
June 18, 2018|
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Response from sarab931 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, definitely child/baby friendly. Lift for buggy. Lots of families when we visited.
October 5, 2017|
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£6.00 per adult