We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Beautiful gallery”

Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Ranked #9 of 42 things to do in Kendal
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Winner of the Art Gallery of the Year Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works. Conveniently located in the town centre, Abbot Hall enjoys a pretty riverside setting. Just a stone’s throw from leafy Abbot Hall Park and Kendal Parish Church, it makes for an inspiring day out for all. On permanent display in the period Georgian rooms is a selection of works by Cumbrian born artist George Romney (1734-1802), one of the greatest of all eighteenth-century portrait painters. The centre piece is what many perceive to be his masterpiece, the beautiful The Gower Family: The Children of Granville, 2nd Earl Gower (1776-7). Also on show is The Great Picture which is an impressive triptych commissioned by Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1678) in 1646. It depicts the story of her life-long struggle for, and ultimately succession to, the family inheritance.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 7, 2013

The gallery is housed in a beautiful building on the banks of the river at Kendal. It is a great size, enough to see without becoming overwhelmed. We liked the Great Picture, and finding out more about Lady Anne Clifford, and were impressed by the paintings by Kurt Schwitters. There seems to be something for everyone in this delightful art gallery

1  Thank TopTapir
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (125)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

98 - 102 of 125 reviews

Reviewed February 1, 2013

Not as big as I'd expected but with some very interesting local pieces, well worth a visit. The cafe is quirky but quiet good too, even had some gluten free cake!

1  Thank morlandmonk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 20, 2012

On our way up to Scotland we make a pont of visiting this great gallery. Parking is great for our motorhome. I always enjoy the exhibitions here as they are of such a consistently high standard. You can see everything from JohnRuskin to Lucien Freud for example, but much more from all over. Generally we are talking of 20th century, but in the downstairs there is the permanent collection which is much older. In the main galleries there is a shop with a good selection of medium priced art books, also souvenirs and postcards etc. There is a tearoom attached to the building with clean toilets. The gallery is situated beside the river, with gardens , and only a short walk from the town centre.

Thank COSTGA
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 8, 2012

The gallery is in a lovely old house with great views of the adjacent river and park. All the rooms have distinct decorative styles to complement the works of art therein. Pleasant staff. Handy gift shop.

Thank scotsjimbo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 23, 2012

What a hidden gem - great paintings and temporary exhibitions and a really nice cafe with good selection of lunchtime food. The shop also has a very good selection of art books and gifts.

Thank Michael_Anderson107
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Abbot Hall Art Gallery also viewed

 
Kendal, Lake District
Kendal, Lake District
 

Been to Abbot Hall Art Gallery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing