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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: Promenade East Cliff | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
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+44 1202 451858
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife...

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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Fantastic gem

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. We had lunch and then toured the amazing house coming across a wonderful exhibition. My bowl of soup was very generous with two slices of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. We had lunch and then toured the amazing house coming across a wonderful exhibition. My bowl of soup was very generous with two slices of toast - great value for £4 and recommended. The house is fantastic and a true find. Wonderful views of the tropical gardens and Bournemouth coast from the house also.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was the last Victorian House to be built and it has many beautiful rooms, paintings, statues and artifacts, collected by the Russell-Cotes family. The descriptions of them are all good, and a few hours spent exploring, represents very good value.

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Windsor And Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At only 6£ entry , this museum has something for everyone.A fine collection of Victorian paintings and interesting artefacts collected by the couple in the late 19 th early 20 th century .The gardens are beautiful and there is a very good cafe in which to pause, imbibe and reflect during ones visit.Children are made welcome and there are activities... More 

Thank mandyofart
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fabulous building with a commanding view of Bournemouth bay, Old Harry Rocks and Isle of Wight - on a clear day! Very interesting interiors with wonderful art collection. Fascinating history of how this family home evolved into the reknowned museum that it now is. Very easy to get round , easily accessible from Bournemouth town centre and has a lovely... More 

Thank debwoodrow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had previously never heard of this once family home, now a well preserved exhibition of artefacts collected from all around the world.

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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a wet day in Bournemouth, and we thought we would spend a couple of hours indoors. Well, a couple of hours wasn't nearly enough! This is a fabulous place. We stopped for lunch (in the museum) and went back for another hour! Imagine that you and your wife have so much money that you can indulge your love... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum to visit. The rooms are spectacular and have not lost the feel the feel of being a families home. Fascinating and eclectic mix of exhibits. Even if you know nothing about the art world, there are paintings to enjoy for all tastes. There is so much to take in that it all becomes overwhelming and would certainly... More 

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked here from out hotel in Bournemouth on a very wet and windy day. It was a haven. So much to see with beautiful light all around and amazing views. It seems throughout the year there are various activities you can join in, for instance in February a 2 day art course. The collection of a huge variety of... More 

Thank lynnc185
Bournemouth, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I joined Russell Cotes for a year and love to visit and sometimes just look at the paintings but today I joined a paintings' tour. Hosted by Nick we learned more about the house, family, house decorations and a couple of the artists' paintings. Great to get an insight into these things. Nick was educational, easy to understand and entertaining.... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A hidden gem, definitely worth visiting. T he best collection of paintings and Art Deco we have seen.

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