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“Wonderful exhibits!”

Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Ranked #9 of 40 things to do in Kendal
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wonderful exhibits!”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

I've never seen sculptures in a gallery before and being introduced to this by the works of Barbara Hepworth is a great induction. I was fascinated by her works and spent an age gazing at her delights. I also fell in love with the works of Scottie Wilson which I saw for the first time here.

A great day out and right next to The Kendal Museum too, so an Ideal day out.

Visited July 2014
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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Perfect gallery”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Went to se a touring exhibition of surrealist art. The exhibition was brilliant, but so is the permanent collection. Turners, Romneys, and an amazing Tudor Tryptich.

Visited June 2014
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cumbria, UK
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29 reviews
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“Unexpected treasures & a child's creativity room”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Had a great time at the museum this morning - my first time. Went with a friend and our two five year olds. We all loved it - highlights for the children were the 'Micky mouse cutting Dumbo's ear off" picture, the creativity room and the lovely cafe. Will definately be going back. And the children were free - bonus!

Visited May 2014
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Huntngdon, Cambridgeshire
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5 reviews
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“Lots of Surrealism”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

A couple of lovely pieces, including two Turners, but lots of Surrealism....Expensive for what it was, I thought.

Visited May 2014
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“For serious art lovers”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Some superb exhibits including Turner and Magritte.
The jewel is the Romney collection. Great for art lovers but miss it if you are not serious about art.

Visited April 2014
Thank cel_longridge
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