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Penlee House Gallery & Museum

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Local artists

Penlee has three sides to it. The house dates from 1865 and stands in a large park. Upstairs is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ian C
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Nice museum, good coffeeshop/snackbar/restaurant

After a walk through Penzance we were tired and ready for a cup of coffee. We ended up in Penlee... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Antwerpen, Belgium
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  • Poor1%
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“stanhope forbes”(42 reviews)
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Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists (c.1880 - c.1940). This popular museum and art gallery is set in a building that was originally a Victorian family home, surrounded...more
Morrab Road, Penzance, England
+44 1736 363625
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 2 July 2016

Penlee House was built in 1865 for J R Branwell, a wealthy merchant related to the Brontë family. The building is surrounded by beautiful gardens which includes a memorial garden, all extremely well maintained. Within this building is a lovely little gallery displaying works by...More

47  Thank Sandygranny
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The service here in this cafe is terrible,I have been 3 times (its is around the corner from a friend who has an hour for lunch)each time there has been a problem ,wrong order,doors locked,wrong coffee, and the waiter has a serious attitude problem and...More

4  Thank sandy20012
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Penlee has three sides to it. The house dates from 1865 and stands in a large park. Upstairs is the permanent collection with two galleries linked to local history and crafts such as copper, and another gallery with changing works by the Newlyn School of...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a walk through Penzance we were tired and ready for a cup of coffee. We ended up in Penlee House. A nice surprise. Excellent coffeeshop and snackbar but than we saw what was on in the Museum.Paintings by Robert Borlase Smart. One of the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great exhibition running through the work of an exceptional artist. Helpful staff and curators ready to discuss any aspect of the work. Todd on site cafe

1  Thank Curious41228672550
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With friends visiting we went on a rainy day to Penlee House, a true favourite of ours. We saw the Borlase Smart exhibition which complemented the Stanhope Forbes exhibition we had seen previously. Well worth the entrance fee. But the permanent display and the very...More

Thank Keith S
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Wonderful little gallery featuring local history and changing artists. Great cafe on site too. Lovely staff.

Thank Tracey K
Reviewed 6 October 2018

What an absolute delight this place is. Welcoming staff and environment set you off on the right foot and that makes all the difference. There was an exhibition of paintings by Robert Borlase Smith an artist new to me and I was lucky enough to...More

1  Thank NB1957
Reviewed 1 October 2018

A true gem in Penzance set in the Penlee Park for viewing classic Newlyn School paintings as well as the excellent current exhibitions. Run by wonderful helpful people and after the culture we enjoyed an excellent snack in the Orangery Cafe.

1  Thank Richard C
Reviewed 8 September 2018

I took my adult god daughter and we both loved all the exhibitions, especially the "Lamorna" Birch one. The Newlyn artists are heavily featured, and I love their work.

1  Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

The work of S J Lamorna Birch was not entirely to our taste, but he was clearly an important artist of the Newlyn school and the exhibition at the Penlee Gallery was well-displayed. We also enjoyed a glimpse into other aspects of the area -...More

Thank Libra_K1960
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

The Penlee House Gallery has an extensive collection of paintings that capture the history of Newlyn and tell the stories of those who lived and worked there in years gone by.

Thank John W
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