Leighton House Museum

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Leighton House Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
*Please note that Leighton House Museum opens on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 10am to 5:30pm, due to a major restoration underway. The Museum will reopen in Spring 2021 * Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in London, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
How to get there
  • Kensington,Olympia • 6 min walk
  • Kensington (Olympia) • 6 min walk
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silvernlilac
Coventry, UK53 contributions
A disappointing rip off
Oct. 2020 • Solo
This is the second time I have been to Leighton house museum. The first time was about 3 years ago. I appreciate that there is a renovation going on and some of the rooms cannot be opened due to social distancing but I found this a massive rip off and do not recommend anyone visit at least until the renovations are completed. I am disappointed that despite half the building being closed I was still charged £12 and was in and out in less than 30 minutes

Having said that the Arabic room is incredible and was the reason I gave 2 stars. This room is amazing and is by far the highlight of the visit. Unfortunately because this is the first room you will see, the rest of the house is a let down once you have seen this room.
Written 18 October 2020
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Hello and thank you for making the time to share your review. We would like to clarify that the current development does not affect the historic interiors as it is focused on the 20th century addition to the house, which will be converted into a new reception area, shop and cafe. With the exception of Leighton's bedroom and the garden, the rest of the historic interiors are fully available to visit. Also, the admission price is £9 for a single adult but we do offer concessionary rates and free tickets. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Arab Hall, it is indeed extraordinary. Best regards, Ana Garcia at Leighton House
Written 1 December 2020
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NEARLYRETIRED123
Barcelona, Spain8 contributions
Intriguing
Apr. 2019
This is a magical place. You can almost feel the spirit of Lord Leighton there. You can imagine his visitors taking off their hats and coats in the entry way. The walls are decorated with breathtaking visions. The tiny bedrooms upstairs were charming, but locked. You can imagine the horses and carts clopping along the road outside. Lord Leighton used to be driven around in a "brougham", I presume this was a type of cart. I loved the back lawn. You can almost hear the washerwomen gossiping as they did his washing by hand. You can imagine a gardener tending the back lawn. This is quite a large house as well, for one man. I suppose he was so wealthy, he could afford it. The main diet was probably roast meat and vegetables and puddings. What a wonderful life he had!
Written 28 March 2020
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mIhO76
Marlow, UK234 contributions
Very nice Museum
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Beautiful little gem. close to Holland Park
Interior is very nicely decorated. The Arabian annex is just stunning with all the tiles, windows and the beautiful chandelier.
Rest of the house has some very nice paintings and artwork.
Garden was closed unfortunately, but definitely worth the visit
Written 8 March 2020
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Helen
44 contributions
Superb
Dec. 2019 • Friends
Don’t waste your valuable time in London as a tourist with the well known museums; packed to the brim with noisey children and over excitable people taking selfies. Instead go to one of the lesser known smaller museums and focus on a particular subject / artist / art movement. Leighton House Museum is a perfect example. Quite bowled over by the ‘aesthetic’ decor and eclectic mix of styles and cultures which come together so well. Just the right size to engage and enthral without overloading the senses. Tour was included in the price and perfectly executed by Imogen - Thank You! We loved the Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Arab Room and hallway. Can you believe it - on a Sunday - we parked right outside FOR FREE! Don’t you just love London? I do!
Written 29 December 2019
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Fatima
London, UK712 contributions
Fabulous home
Dec. 2019 • Family
Walking through the wonderful rooms of orientalist, painter and sculptor Fredrick, lord Leighton was lovely. In the heart of Holland Park where I grew up was nostalgic. My little one enjoyed doing the children’s trail, handling some objects and sketching in the Arab Hall.
Written 14 December 2019
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hynesdd
Washington DC, DC158 contributions
Abso-frickin-lutely!!!
Nov. 2019
We thouroghly enjoyed this museum and at 9 pounds, a true deal. Be sure to catch an actual guided tour by one of the volunteers...well worth it. The wonderful lady we had take us around the house was an absolute gem. She was knowledgeable... personable ...absolutely wonderful. She brought the house and the artist alive. The house...the art...simply breathtaking. If I had to do again, I'd do my homework and read up on Lord Leighton. PLEASE go and enjoy!!!
Written 29 November 2019
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ad k
Rotterdam, The Netherlands34 contributions
A unique art nouveau house
Oct. 2019
This house of the painter Leighton is beautiful place. From the outside you would not expect the beauty. Amazing tiles form Islamic countries.Nice to visit first the Victoria and Albert museum first and see his work there. This museum is not for families or people who with not a big interest in Leighton or Victorian art or art nouveau. The admission of the house is not cheap..Also disappointing is that it is forbidden to take pictures.I would have loved to take pictures of details wich are not in books or postcards.. That made the visit a bit disappointing.
Written 31 October 2019
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Suzanne H
Brighton, UK25 contributions
Roll three visits into one
Oct. 2019
Leighton House is well worth a visit - but do make sure you walk around the local streets before or after your visit. Nearby Melbury Road is a revelation, both architecturally and historically. The Victorian piles in Melbury Road belonged to other famous artists, friends of Lord Leighton at the time. They have since attracted stellar purchasers such as Robbie Williams, Jimmy Page and Michael Winner.
Try to combine your visit with one to 18 Stafford Terrace, only a short walk away and also run by the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It's the lovely "Aesthetic movement" home of Victorian Punch cartoonist, Edward Lindley Sambourne - but be careful. No. 18 is open only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays so you might have to juggle your dates to combine the two on the same day.
Written 24 October 2019
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gallerygirl09
Boston, MA165 contributions
A Quirky Art Experience
Sep. 2019
The home and studio of Lord Leighton is unique and has been preserved as a love letter to the artist and his contemporaries. Every architectural detail from the middle eastern tiles to the statuary, period paintings and all design details.
Written 13 October 2019
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randn94
Margate, UK297 contributions
Very Good
Oct. 2019
From Marble Arch take the 23 bus to Holland Park and Leighton House is well signposted from Melbury Road on the right. This is a real gem of a place with the extraordinary Arab Hall its chief glory, and its wonderful tiles, mosaics, domed ceiling, and stained glass. Other rooms have paintings, drawings, furnishings and ephemera all related to its owner, the artist Lord Leighton. There are detailed guides available at the entrance to each room and which are essential for getting the maximum benefit from your visit. On a dull day the lighting in the Hall is sometimes inadequate but for all that the visit is a real pleasure.
It is possible to visit the garden but only during the summer months.
Written 4 October 2019
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Leighton House Museum is open:
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm