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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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A real surprise , well worth a visit

Having visited Kendal quite a few times I was really surprised to discover this excellent venue... read more

Reviewed November 16, 2016
Gerri H
Southport, United Kingdom
Partly closed during our visit

We bought a joint ticket to visit the Art gallery when we visited the adjacent Museum of Lakeland... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2016
Matlock, United Kingdom
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Abbot Hall was designed as a opulent house by architect John Carr of York in 1759 for Colonel George Wilson of Dallam Tower. Recognised as Kendal's finest building, it was lived in by a succession of different families over the next century. It was purchased by the Kendal Corporation in 1896 for £3,750. Together with the Castle and the Parish Church, Abbot Hall was the only Grade I listed building in Kendal. By the 1950s it was almost derelict and threatened with demolition until a group of local people formed a charitable trust and raised money to save it. It opened as a public art gallery in 1962. Today Kendal’s finest historic house is an award winning art gallery. Our exhibitions showcase a variety of works by a wealth of international artists. The Georgian period rooms allow you to glimpse what life was like in another time and provide views of the River Kent and Kendal Castle.
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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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Reviewed November 16, 2016

Having visited Kendal quite a few times I was really surprised to discover this excellent venue. The building itself is a delight,,elegant and quite grand. The art collection however is just a joy. It is varied and well presented , a good mix of traditional...More

Thank Gerri H
Reviewed November 9, 2016

We bought a joint ticket to visit the Art gallery when we visited the adjacent Museum of Lakeland Life. Unfortunately, we arrived just before a new exhibition was being curated, so some of the rooms were closed – for which we received a reduction on...More

Thank PJandSJ
Reviewed October 21, 2016

That's what I felt. Some very nice Romney's but not too much else. The exhibit on the 1st floor left us flat. Price is too high for what was there.

Thank cordyroy
Reviewed October 13, 2016

This has to be one the best small galleries in the U.K Currently there is an extensive exhibition of Winifred Nicholson's art which is well worth a visit but there is also a permanent collection of first class art : Piper, Kaufman , Romney and...More

Thank worbillyuk
Reviewed October 3, 2016

We visited this Art Gallery as an-add-on to the Museum of Lakeland Life, and it proved to be well worth the time and money. The portraits painted by George Romney are magnificent and the old photographs by Joseph Hardman are fascinating. We only got to...More

Thank Graham J
Reviewed August 29, 2016

Lovely looking building , visited on the late august bank holiday , it was quiet but maybe this was because it really nice outdoors . Would be a great place to spend an hour or two at if the weather is bad. Does not seem...More

Thank Peter e
Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Abbot Hall has an art collection to rival any in the country, including some wonderful pieces by the celebrated 18th Century portrait painter, George Romney, who lived in Kendal at the end of his life. Adjacent, is the charming "Museum of Lakeland Life", with an...More

Thank Howi58
Reviewed July 4, 2016

We wanted to see the Lowry paintings but there were 5 of us and it would been too expensive . Ended up walking the grounds and taking photos instead of going in. Shame because it is a lovely looking building.

Thank graham198
Reviewed June 28, 2016

This is a very civilised way of spending an hour or two enjoying a range of artistic styles. Whether you like eighteenth century portraiture ( its star artist is local boy George Romney, once as highly regarded as Gainsborough and Reynolds who have held onto...More

Thank simon r
Reviewed May 16, 2016

Had visited this weekend to see the Rembrant painting which has been touring and had been really looking forward to it, even knowing it was going to cost us £7 to enter. Having recently had a baby we were accompanied by our baby and a...More

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