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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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Thank goodness this house was saved from demolition years ago

I love this house/museum with its fascinating and personally displayed history of Margaret Cameron... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Haslemere, United Kingdom
We just dropped in on our way to another destination.

Certainly worth a visit. Very interesting museum. Younger people would learn about photography... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work - Vintage cameras - Programme of changing exhibitions - Victorian dressing-up room - Isle of Wight Festival displays - FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information. Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this house/museum with its fascinating and personally displayed history of Margaret Cameron and her family and literary/artistic friends. It has an amazing atmosphere with breathtaking views. The cafe serves high quality home baked food and tea served in china cups - the quiche,...More

Thank Lucy1862
Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly worth a visit. Very interesting museum. Younger people would learn about photography before digital came along. Cafe was good too.

Thank gwyneth_smith1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good historical background and interlinked galleries with a nice level of information. The dressing up room was great and the festival section slightly odd in the Victorian setting - but interesting all the same. Nice cream tea in the attached cafe but the book shop...More

1  Thank screennameinhere
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been here a couple of times in recent years, and I enjoy both the permanent and the temporary photography exhibitions. The permanent exhibition on the 1970 Isle of Wight festival is really interesting, and at present there is a visiting exhibition of some fantastic...More

Thank DianeKn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in for a cup of tea at the Cafe and decided to have a look round the museum. We were glad we did as we found it interesting and educational. Would particularly suggest worth a visit for young people who only have knowledge of...More

Thank Alan J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very keen to see the house and the various artifacts relating to Julia Margaret Cameron - but slightly disappointed to find rather more of the house was given over to being a gallery with unrelated photographic exhibits - although I can see this...More

1  Thank KarenKew
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in here just as it was opening on a Saturday morning, so had the place to ourselves. The house itself was a nice old building and there was a lot of information about its history and that of the founder of the Photography...More

Thank pauline a
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started our visit in the tea room! A good choice of snacks and cakes in a lovely sunny room that used to be the salon of Julia Margaret Cameron. All around the room are dressers and shelves filled with old cameras. It was a...More

Thank Dawn C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested in the history of photography or you want a nice tea room then Dimbola is worth a visit, but our visit this time was enhanced by a community music event. Local performers from singers to dancers and a harpist performed in...More

Thank lizbrian
Reviewed June 11, 2017

If you like photography this is worth a visit. The old home of Julia Margaret Cameron it has exhibitions, displays of equipment and is nice house too. Nice tea shop. I particularly liked the exhibition and memories about ferry crossings.

Thank XHarry
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March 12, 2017|
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Response from RoddymacInnes | Reviewed this property |
If you fall into the magic of Dimbola Lodge and Julia Margaret Cameron's work and life, give yourself a few hours at the Lodge. I also spent a few hours walking around Freshwater Bay, and on the beautiful beach. I then took... More
July 25, 2015|
Response from Debbie S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Dimbola is open all through the year, but not on Mondays. :-)