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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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20 quid to walk around some mostly empty rooms- joint ticket with the museum (which was good... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2016
Jamie T
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Rude staff

The museum itself was definitely worth a visit, however, when I got back to the car park, I... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2016
Christine S
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Winner of the Art Gallery of the Year Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works. Conveniently located in the town centre, Abbot Hall enjoys a pretty riverside setting. Just a stone’s throw from leafy Abbot Hall Park and Kendal Parish Church, it makes for an inspiring day out for all. On permanent display in the period Georgian rooms is a selection of works by Cumbrian born artist George Romney (1734-1802), one of the greatest of all eighteenth-century portrait painters. The centre piece is what many perceive to be his masterpiece, the beautiful The Gower Family: The Children of Granville, 2nd Earl Gower (1776-7). Also on show is The Great Picture which is an impressive triptych commissioned by Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1678) in 1646. It depicts the story of her life-long struggle for, and ultimately succession to, the family inheritance.
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Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

20 quid to walk around some mostly empty rooms- joint ticket with the museum (which was good)... not particularly good either. Staff seemed to treat us with disdain- maybe because we weren't posh. Drinks cost a bomb.

Thank Jamie T
Reviewed 22 February 2016

The museum itself was definitely worth a visit, however, when I got back to the car park, I realised I needed the loo so made my way towards the portaloos outside the main building. As I was making my way to the ladies, a female...More

1  Thank Christine S
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Don't know how they manage to secure such first class exhibitions. The Canaletto exhibition is first class and their next is recommended by the British Library. True culture in the Lakes!!!

Thank MrsMRR
Reviewed 15 January 2016

I've just seen the Canaletto exhibition at Abbot Hall - if it comes to a gallery near you, it's well worth a visit. I've never really studied his work before but this compact but wide ranging collection is a great introduction. What an artist and...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 7 January 2016

On a rainy day in Kendal what better than a warm and friendly art gallery - and just now they have a beautiful Canaletto exhibition with several pictures owned by the Queen! The artist lived in England for several years and made his living painting...More

Thank Lizzie-Jean_Skipper
Reviewed 9 December 2015

In normal times this may be considered a relatively minor gallery with limited exhibits, but the fact that it currently hosts a Canaletto exhibition elevates it to a "must visit" attraction. It seemed almost surrealistic to be standing in a small Lakeland art gallery with...More

Thank johnhouston2
Reviewed 4 December 2015

The previous reviewer has said exactly what I was going to say! there are not many Canaletto's on display but they are very interesting and it was good to contrast them with other painters who followed his style. Do also visit the permanent exhibition, especially...More

Thank Pippa65
Reviewed 4 December 2015

Went specially to see the exhibitiion. Good selection of his paintings and sketches, plus relevant works by others. It is there until the 14th February DO NOT MISS IT. Was not to thrilled with the other offerings. The gallery is east to find, nicely situated...More

Thank djpend
Reviewed 29 November 2015

I've just come back from a trip to Abbot Hall Gallery. We went to see a wonderful Canaletto exhibition which was the perfect size not to leave us with a headache or limping. The permanent collection is very hot on Romney and his peers. He...More

Thank beaminster
Reviewed 11 November 2015

Very well assembled exhibitions. Five minutes from the centre of Kendal. Airy and spacious, lots of cafes nearby, good shop.

Thank SteveTanham
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28 October 2017|
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Response from Lakeland-Arts | Property representative |
Hi, our current exhibitions and displays are: - LAND | SEA | LIFE: A British Art Collection Curated by Abbot Hall Art Gallery, LAND | SEA | LIFE is exhibition of works on loan from The Ingram Collection, which is... More