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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

#140 of 1,611 things to do in London
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Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
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Address: 12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
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+44 20 7602 3316
10:00 - 17:30
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Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic,...

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 the United Kingdom, 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.

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Leighton House Museum is worth visiting (warning - entrance fee) for three reasons: the intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles, the Pre-Raphaelite... read more

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Leighton House Museum is worth visiting (warning - entrance fee) for three reasons: the intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood paintings and to get a sense of what it was like to be a very successful self-made Victorian painter and sculptor.

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Skidby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a treasure this place is. I found out about it because the National Trust list it in their handbook as a London Partner. As an NT member you can get in for half price. I had not heard of Frederic Leighton before and found the museum informative and full of not only his own work but also wonderful treasures... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A glimpse into the lives of the 'other half' - the artists of Holland Park. A gem of a house, there are info cards in each room similar to NT houses. We later visited Linley Sambourne House nearby and realised that the one thing missing at Leighton House was some form of introductory talk or video, just to set it... More 

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Venice, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

step into Arabian nights, step into another era. This charming house of painter Leighton is a gem, a must see. Precious art, a silk room,garden to comtemplate.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderfully magic location just on the edge of Holland Park. A house of inspirational architecture and a story to match. It was a new experience for me as friends had brought me along (takes a lot to show me something in London I didn't know about). The problem however came when we were entering and discovered there... More 

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Paul, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review about your experience at Leighton House Museum; we are glad that you and your friend enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your concerns about disabled access in the house; Leighton's house was built in the 1860's and throughout the years, since it became a Museum, the intention behind the... More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A lovely home in a beautiful avenue in a very nice area of London. There is an entrance fee to pay. The rooms were not lit very well but the museum was interesting with the biggest surprise being the Arabic Room. This is the most stunning and best part of the visit with a lot of moorish charm. It is... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

A real treat of a museum, perfect for those with an interest in the arts looking for something a bit different. We arrived at opening times and the downstairs reception was so tranquil with the fountain playing. It did get busier after half an hour or so. It was a remarkable feat of design in the tiled entrance hall and... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

The art here is okay, but the house itself is a real treasure. It was custom built by the artist that owned it, and as such the layout and interior design are both interesting and beautiful. I found it hard to believe I'd never heard of it before! I went on a free tour given by the curator and it... More 

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I have been a regular visitor to thus area for tens of tears now and didn't know that this place existed. It's a small treasure. Entrance is free with a National Art Pass. Free Information about each room and it's exhibits is available in each room. Each room is so different from each other. Definitely worth a visit.

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is a fascinating building, but the Museum as such does not go out of its way to communicate anything at all to its visitors. After paying the entrance fee you'll have to pay extra for a leaflet if you want to get any context to your visit. I didn't feel like paying for the leaflet, so I was left... More 

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