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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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Charismatic.

This charismatic art gallery has one of the most comprehensive collections of his drawings and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ultron-8
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Norwich, United Kingdom
via mobile
Fascinating, a must.

Recommended by an art teacher friend and not disappointed. We spent a glorious 2 hours here before... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
gwaterton
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Shaftesbury, 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
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Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This charismatic art gallery has one of the most comprehensive collections of his drawings and watercolours by Victorian art critic and social commentator, John Ruskin. The modern collection has some sculptures too.

Thank Ultron-8
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks for your review I am pleased you enjoyed your visit, we have just changed the Ruskin exhibition with one of Percy Kelly so next time you visit there will be more to see!

Reviewed 26 August 2017

Recommended by an art teacher friend and not disappointed. We spent a glorious 2 hours here before heading south on a long journey home. The permanent exhibition on the ground floor was very interesting, including the information about the furniture. Upstairs was a Pop Art...More

Thank gwaterton
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Thanks so much for your review! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forwards to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 13 August 2017

The staff and volunteers were delightful. The permanent exhibitions fascinating. The 60's exhibition is a must see with work from Peter Blake and a room with artefacts from the era. The star for us was Rake's Progress by David Hockney. Don't miss the Cafe, signage...More

Thank Cooksy6
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Hi, thanks so much for the review, I am delighted to see you enjoyed the visit. Our cafe is new so its great to see you enjoyed it and I take on board your signage comments! I really do hope that you visit us again...More

Reviewed 11 August 2017

This gallery has a deserved reputation. This was my first visit and I was impressed by the Romney permanent exhibition and the pop art temporary exhibition. There is plenty of exhibition space here, so it is possible to show a variety or works.More

Thank J_Jarndyce
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2017

Hi, thanks for the review, I am pleased you enjoyed your visit and recognised the quality of the exhibitions we put on. We try to put on exhibitions that are national and international quality within a local environment allowing people to see fantastic art without...More

Reviewed 31 May 2017

A fascinating display of art and local items. Ground floor has furniture and artefacts. Second floor has "guest" art exhibitions, which obviously change depending when you visit. Do not miss The Lakeland Museum of Life on the other side of the site, also the neighbouring...More

Thank pbramham
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Hi, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your visit! I am pleased to see you enjoyed it and thanks for recommending the museum and the gallery! I hope that you managed to see our new The Bakestone cafe which reopened after the...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

A lovely collection of paintings by George Romney set in a well restored building. The guest exhibitor is Julian Cooper (who I'd not heard of before) but has created some truly magnificent paintings. Well worth the visit.More

Thank Kay W
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Hi, Thanks so much for your review! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the visit and found the exhibition so pleasing! I hope you managed to try a cake in the temporary cafe too! Our new facilities open in a few weeks so...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

A lovely art gallery with a thoughtful collection of pieces and the current guest exhibitor is john cooper, which is brilliant. We did the combined ticket for the museum and it was a perfect introduction to Kendal life and the Lake District as first timers.More

Thank skichick09
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Hi, thanks so much for you review, I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the gallery, Julian Cooper exhibition and the museum of Lakeland life. Our new facilities will be ready soon too so next time you visit why not try the new cafe for...More

Reviewed 2 February 2017

Visited on a rainy day, it was warm and welcoming. The special exhibition was really good and the permanent display was very informative. The staff were friendly and helpful, they had been affected by floods so the toilets and cafe were in temporary accommodation. The...More

Thank walkerhb
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Hi, Thanks for your review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the visit and got to see the National Gallery works we have on display at the moment! We are working hard to get the new facilities open as soon as possible so...More

Reviewed 19 January 2017

The gallery has an excellent permanent collection which includes some marvellous works by local George Romney (1734 - 1802); a huge 17th century triptych known as The Big Picture; and a good selection of modern works by the likes of Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach, Kurt...More

Thank Roger W
Reviewed 4 December 2016

Thoughtful temporary exhibitions complement the permanent displays including a small, excellent collection of Kurt Schwitters' work from his time in Cumbria which is worth the visit in itself; I always make a point of looking at them again to understand his overlooked contribution to art....More

Thank PDeZylva
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