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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: Promenade East Cliff | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
Phone Number: 01202 451858
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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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Really great house-museum!

Great place for adults & kids - fascinating collection (if a bit over-the-top!) of curios from the owners' round-the-world travels. A real glimpse into the lives of 19th-century... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Seville, Spain
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Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Great place for adults & kids - fascinating collection (if a bit over-the-top!) of curios from the owners' round-the-world travels. A real glimpse into the lives of 19th-century travellers. Incredible house, great garden too, and good cafe inside, with marvellous sea views. Some activities for kids (not bad, but could be better). Will definitely visit again.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This beautiful building houses a treasure trove of wonderful artefacts, paintings and furniture. It deserves a couple of hours of your time if you're visiting Bournemouth. Just a short walk from Bournemouth pier, it is surrounded by gorgeous gardens that are a treat to explore. A great cafe rounds off your visit - such a nice place to sit! Definitely... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This property and its contents was donated by Sir Merton and Lady Russell-Cotes to the town. It is extremely well preserved and maintained and close to the town centre and beaches so very convenient to visit. Something to interest everyone. Also used to host some lovely civic events. Marvellously atmospheric.

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Thank colinmpipe
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful evocation of victorian times, great paintings, sculpture and interesting items from around the world - all with wonderful views over the bay. Currently they are fund raising to renovate the verandah - can't wait to go back and check it out.

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Thank Wylie3Peakers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fabulous local gallery with awe inspiring artefacts and just breath taking rooms. A definite must for all visiting holiday makers.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A fabulous step back in time. A unique Victorian property full of beautiful art and sculpture well preserved and displayed as intended. The building commands a fantastic position on the cliffs above Bournemouth beach with fabulous views of the coat to Old Harry rocks to the West and The Isle of Wight to the East.

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Thank Tony G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have visited this gem of a Museum and gallery before and will time and time again as it's a fantastic find! Was a little disapointed I couldn't see my favourite painting as the room was in use for a private function but bought a print of it anyway. Would advise a review of the cafe though as only one person... More 

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Thank Gary S
Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I advise everyone staying in Bournmouth to visit this museum and gallery as it is the most interesting place I have seen. The items in this place are unbelievable and it is so user friendly. Lovey cafe and people very friendly. A real must see place He

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was one of the most interesting museums I have visited, lovely staff at the ticket desk. we also had lunch at the café small menu but all freshly made sandwiches and sconces again friendly and helpful staff

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Through a narrow entrance you step like a time-traveller back into Victorian times. Several rooms are set out just as if the people who lived and visited had just left. There is so much to see that several visits would be justified. Many of the collected paintings are stunning. Information boards add more interesting detail. Plus the cafe and gift... More 

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