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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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Lovely gallery

We planned our visit here mainly to see the Canalettos, but the whole gallery is worth a visit. The... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2015
mrswaffle
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
Lucky visit!

Very impressed by this gallery. Bonus was seeing the Canaletto Exhibition which was so interesting... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2015
Margaret I
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Peebles, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
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Reviewed 6 November 2015

We planned our visit here mainly to see the Canalettos, but the whole gallery is worth a visit. The Canaletto exhibition was beautifully displayed; you could get up close to pictures, or stand well back & get a distance view, without having other people jostling...More

1  Thank mrswaffle
Reviewed 5 November 2015

Very impressed by this gallery. Bonus was seeing the Canaletto Exhibition which was so interesting. Enjoyed the lovely Georgian rooms as well.

Thank Margaret I
Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

If you drop into Kendal this is well worth a look see, esp if you can go before Feb and catch a little Canaletto and friends! It is right next to another local museum of Kendal life with a terrific shop with local craft ware...More

Thank Gazzard1
Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Located just off the main high street. Entry fee for adults. Pros: -Attractive architecture. -Friendly and helpful staff. -Art includes oil, pastel and collage. I particularly enjoyed the paper collages by Kurt Schwitters. -Numerous pieces of period furniture. -Information boards. -Gallery shop. -Coffee House selling...More

1  Thank jonotennis
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Having visited many times we wanted to visit a special exhibition and chose the recent contemporary art one. Oh dear. The paintings were very poor, but not only that, we expected at least to hav someone available to explain what we only saw as a...More

1  Thank revquackers
Reviewed 3 October 2015

A lovely small gallery with major artists featured. I was lucky to be there at the start of a small tour and it added to the experience, and was nice to chat with other visitors. The Lady Ann Clifford painting was the highlight for me....More

1  Thank Alitho10
Reviewed 21 September 2015

A short stroll from the town centre, this gallery is well signposted and easy to find. The building is beautiful and has good facilities. I've marked it down slightly because I thought it was expensive for its size and the rooms would not be large...More

1  Thank mumandgirl
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

This excellent gallery hosts a range of exhibitions throughout the year and attracts some very important works. Highlights have included L S Lowry, Barbara Hepworth, the St Ives School and many more. There is a permanent collection featuring some excellent portraits by George Romney, who...More

5  Thank Howi58
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Varied and important exhibitions throughout the year. A number of watercolours by Turner and Cotman on regular display

1  Thank Philip C
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Lovely gallery set in quiet parkland near the River Kent at the south end of town a stroll from the shops. Interesting special shows staged (St Ives artists featured on our trip). Excellent small shop also selling oriental art alongside books, postcards etc.

1  Thank PDeZylva
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