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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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No talking permitted!

I visited this gallery twice when in the Kendal area , and recommended it to some friends who enjoy... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2015
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Amazing Art

I was awestruck by the modern art from St Ives in the current exhibition as well as some of the... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2015
Preston, 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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Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

I visited this gallery twice when in the Kendal area , and recommended it to some friends who enjoy art and galleries . We both experienced the same "reprimand " ! On each occasion we had a friend with us who is learning to appreciate...More

2  Thank Yvonnecaroline
Reviewed 31 July 2015

I was awestruck by the modern art from St Ives in the current exhibition as well as some of the older art showing Anne Clifford by means of a triptych as well as the picture of the Gower family.

1  Thank KennethC767
Reviewed 18 July 2015

We stopped here during a day trip to Kendal. We were interested in seeing the exhibit of Romney paintings. Unfortunately, we arrived at 4 and they close at 5 so our time was limited. Some of the galleries focus on modern art; not our taste...More

Thank Barbara F
Reviewed 1 July 2015

We visited to see the St Ives exhibition and were really pleased we did. We expected the rooms to be smaller, so were pleasantly surprised at the number of works on show and from top names too. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Delighted that...More

1  Thank TJA2
Reviewed 28 June 2015

The current exhibition, "Taking Flight: St Ives in the 1950s", curated by Nick Rogers, gives visitors a rare opportunity to explore one of the most exciting and optimistic English art movements of the mid-20th century. Peter Lanyon emerges as the star of the show (which...More

2  Thank Cacklegeese
Reviewed 14 June 2015

For a small gallery it had a varied collection of art from centuries back to the present. Nicely laid out and easy to view (No standing several feet back behind a wire) . Cheerful enthusiastic staff. A good place for a wet day but don't...More

Thank johngetrhythm47
Reviewed 3 May 2015

Small but very interesting and surprising top artists - better than I had expexted. Double admission with Lakes Life Museum made it a valuable experience with lovely gift shop.

Thank HappyHeart2012
Reviewed 27 April 2015

Well worth a visit, even when no special exhibitions - although some may find the entry price a little on the high side. Outstanding for me are the Romney Gower family painting - just ravishing, and the magnificent Lady Anne Clifford triptych. Abbot Hall have...More

Thank 417mercian20142014
Reviewed 21 April 2015

Amazing art x brill cafe to side of gallery xx want some history try the museum of lakeland life opposite

Thank Vix H
Reviewed 6 April 2015

I enjoyed their current temporary exhibition of Barbara Hepworth lithographs, as well as the quirky portraits/identity exhibition. There were many examples of work from their permanent collection and I enjoyed those too. I'd like to go back to see more of what they show.

Thank Margaret N
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