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“Great afernoon tea!”

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
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Owner description: Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built.
London, United Kingdom
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“Great afernoon tea!”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Visited the Russell Cotes Museum during a two day break to Bournemouth. Stayed at The Royal Bath Hotel next to the museum. Really enjoyed the house & the staff were so friendly and helpful. Met up with an old friend for afternoon tea in the Urban Renaissance Cafe at the museum. At £3.50 a head this is a really good deal. Wonderful home made scones & huge pots of breakfast tea. Had paid £3.00 a cup for really not very good coffee in the hotel the day before! Would recommend both the museum and the cafe to anyone visiting Bournemouth.

Visited January 2014
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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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“Met high expectations”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

I walked in here with very high expectations, having heard by word of mouth some friends experiences. Although the entrance is a bit confusing and could do with some more signage, once I reached the first room of the museum I was blown away! Suberb pieces and wonderful display.
Cannot believe that it's still free of charge to enter outside of high season

Visited December 2013
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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“Super quirky house and museum”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

Sir Merton had the house built for his wife. The architecture and design features are magnificent. What a devoted couple they must have been. The artworks are bonuses, especially the many and varied pieces of sculpture and the huge biblical-themed canvasses of Sir Edwin Longsden Long.The works by Paul Kidby and others in the Angels, Faeries and Femmes Fatales exhibition is worth catching before it finshes at the beginning of March 2014

Visited December 2013
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Lovely Museum”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

Just had our second visit, the last one about six years ago. There has been a few alterations, namely the entrance is now from the beautiful rear garden.

The museum, being a residence of an extensive world traveller/collector is just amazing. Well worth a visit. Full of interesting curiosities from around the world. Not to mention a stunning house which has wonderful furniture.

You could spen quite a long time in there as there is a LOT of this to read about, or you can just browse through. So difficult to recommend a lenght of visit time.

A very nice cafe with a really nice lady working there to chat with. Looking forward to a return visit in the future. (No entry fee for this season, we understand there is a modest fee at other times)

Visited November 2013
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“free culture”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

excellent activities in school holidays, stained glass dome by Sasha ward! great variety of exhibits in a lovely venue.
Cafe and shop good too! Go back often, good access for disabled people

Visited September 2013
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