Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Compton Verney exists to connect people with art, nature and creativity. An award-winning gallery, based in a Grade I-listed Georgian mansion amidst 120 acres of Grade II-listed Lancelot 'Capability' Brown parkland in Warwickshire, Compton Verney has six permanent collections (Naples, Northern European Art 1450-1650, British Portraits, Chinese, British Folk Art & The Marx-Lambert Collection) and a schedule of thought-provoking changing exhibitions and events both outdoors and in. It is an accredited museum, and a registered charity.
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  • Tourists3
    United Kingdom73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Audubon exhibition & talk well worth a visit
    Visited Compton Verney a few days ago & enjoyed the art collection (great Audubon exhibition & talk at 11 am I think by Liz) The only reason this isn't a 5 star review was because of the food in the cafe. We don't mind a high price if the food & drink is great but the cake was stale & a very small portion of soup plus the bread was dry. Its a shame, will happily return but take a picnic next time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • David W
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely day out.
    We came for the two excellent temporary exhibitions. We were lucky to catch the 11.30 Audubon lecture, which was in depth and knowledgeable. The Quentin Blake was very good too. We always like to walk from the carpark and the park and lake looked lovely. The cafe was very busy and the food is expensive, which is sad, but I fear it's a feature of the inflation we are unfortunately passing through. My sandwich was good with fresh sourdough and the service was friendly and good. The ladies loos do need some attention. The staff and room attendants were knowledgeable and able and willing to interpret the exhibits. Thanks to all!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Vintagelouisa
    Paris, France7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Costly entries
    Enjoyable as ever.. but new admission rates make this very expensive! We loved the gurst pssses we used to have with our membership. Now a visit with son and family was extremely dear. Cafe was crowded and suffering from odd system of queing to order and then waiting at table. Go back to self service I suggest!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • sbjkelly
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unmitigated delight
    I have long wanted to visit Compton Verney and, finding myself in Warwickshire with half a day to spare, wasted no time in going. The parkland is beautiful -- typical Capability Brown, complete with lake. The house is charming. I was particularly delighted with the permanent exhibition of Folk Art on the top floor and the Chinese galleries beneath it. The café is excellent and the volunteers all helpful and friendly. I hope to visit again one day as there is an ever-changing array of temporary exhibitions: currently Quentin Blake and Audubon's Birds of America.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • 1Jamel
    Bristol, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First rate gallery and grounds
    What a pleasure to return again to Compton Verney after the Covid ‘gap’, for my second visit. The magnificent vista of the house and the enormous cedars in front, as you arrive, are unforgettable. We felt entrance price was reasonable for access to the special exhibitions and the six galleries. With the Art Fund card .. a good price. The Chance to see the Audubon exhibition and the Quentin Blake in addition to the Chinese collection and the Folk art was in the end , more than we could really do justice to in the time. We really didn’t even spend the time we hoped in the Capability Brown gardens. The cafe provided excellent food, not cheap but quality and filling. What a good set of staff and volunteers, not only in the cafe. We had the benefit of the guided tour with Liz for an hour to introduce us, would recommend. We briefly were introduced to parts of the range on offer, including 2 Canelettos.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Tor W
    Welford on Avon, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature, art & heart warming food
    Simply had the best time exploring the art, walking through the grounds & feasting at the cafe with my cousins and aunt. The Cafe was a real winner. We all warmed up on arrival with perfect festive hot chocolates - there was a wonderful selection. It was Black Forest for me. Loved the interactive collection, Sensing Naples. The smells and sounds really take the exhibition to a higher level. Refuelled at the cafe with a delicious filling lunch. Loved the menu. Could have devoured everything on it. They even offered Worcestershire sauce with the tomato juice. Superb friendly service. Top nosh! I highly recommend it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Josepha M
    164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many varied exhibits
    I was impressed by our first view of the gallery in a classical building set in a park with statues. The building is large and contained several exhibitions of great variety. We started with the fascinating folk art at the top of the building. Then we viewed a stunning temporary exhibition of Landscape covering several centuries. This was followed by a display of chinese bronzes. There was more to come : a very strange modern exhibition and finally old masters including the famous Lamentation altarpiece. As there is so much to see and it is so varied I would suggest a break in the cafe for coffee and cake during your visit. The room explainers were all very helpful and enthusiastic.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2024
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rdsue8
Daventry, UK30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Visited on a Thursday in the week around 14:00.

What a lovely venue with fantastic views around the countryside.... As part of an on going staycation we stumbled across this venue by accident.
I booked using my Tesco vouchers which I couldn’t use on the website so i ended up losing my vouchers and then paying £10 for a grounds pass as well !!

Arriving on site the venue is superb with a small coffee van outside the visitors centre and seats to drink your cuppa. We had brought out own drinks so no need for the little van.

We had a lovely walk and discovering the story of Capability Brown and his design ideas for the house and grounds.
I would return here but feel the social distancing could be improved. For example on our way out around 16:30 we were funnelled to a single gate by the side of the visitors centre which everyone had to open. This could have been propped open at this time to let everyone out.
This was the same all over the grounds. I understand for grazing animals gates need to remain closed but there needs to be a review here of what can actually be propped open.

In the visitors centre itself several of the staff passed each other by putting their hands up to their face in a masking kind of way ( you need masks on people ).

When i feel ready to brave the Art Gallery we will return to explore further ....
Written 1 August 2020
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EasilyPleased500
London14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
As a regular visitor to galleries, I realise that art has many roles: to inform, challenge, entertain and occasionally to shock. Even so, I could not have predicted that the role of "shock" had been assigned to the restaurant in the form of a piece entitled "Sausage roll ploughman's lunch" (a work in miniature). This was the lunch that I, my son and my octogenarian parents were all unfortunate enough to choose for the wholly unwarranted price of £13.00.

Highlighted in the title of the work, my mouth watered at the prospect of a magnificent sausage roll of the sort found at farmers' markets, generously stuffed with a rich and spicy filling. Sadly, once I found it under the sliver of sourdough bread, all I had was a one inch slice of something apparently purchased from the local filling station. I suppose it was at least in proportion to the other meagre offerings on the plate.

It may be that I was an unwitting participant in a piece of performance art and in a few weeks time my shocked and disappointed expression, along with dozens of others will feature in a video installation. I hope they include the audio of the lady on an adjacent table saying "Oh, well I'm not very hungry anyway".

I did send an email expressing my disappointment but, nearly three weeks later, they haven't bothered to reply.

On the plus side, the staff in the gallery were very friendly and helpful.
Written 10 June 2021
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Thank you for your feedback and artistic interpretation of your experience the new Restaurant. We are constantly reviewing the menu and consider all feedback as part of this process. The Ploughman's lunch offer has been altered to reflect the feedback and the portion sizes have been increased by 50% which we feel fairly reflects the price and quality of the local ingredients of this dish. I'm sorry that your email was not responded to - as we had spoken to a member of your party on the phone it was taken that the matter had been addressed. I'm aware that another phone call has taken place and I hope that you are reassured that we take all feedback seriously. Naturally, teething issues of any new operation can occur, particularly after a pandemic, and we try our best to minimise these, and so we hope you will join us again and find a much better, revised offer that you enjoy as part of your Compton Verney experience.
Written 15 June 2021
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52Sue60
Warwick, UK19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We had a lovely walk in the grounds but unfortunately the Pod was not open for drinks. We had to venture inside for a cup of over milked tea in a take away cup priced at £3 for each of us. I have no idea how the prices in the café can be justified and would recommend everyone to take their own food and drink - weather permitting. I have e-mailed them several times but nobody has taken the trouble to reply
Written 30 March 2022
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Kathryn H
Southampton, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We visited on a Sunday morning and enjoyed the collections. However as we entered the last section on the top floor (Folk Art) we were asked to leave and were told it was shutting for 30 minutes over the lunch hour as they were short staffed. Had this been mentioned or signed earlier we would have visited earlier. We hung around for half an hour waiting for it to reopen. After 45 minutes I complained and someone came to open it. Incidentally we went to the cafe whilst it was shut but left after waiting 20mins with no service. The additional time spent hanging around meant we were unable to visit the 2nd destination we had planned that day.
I emailed a letter of complaint and, 10 days later, have received no reply. It cost us a total of £26 to visit so shutting a whole floor of the gallery without any notice is unacceptable. Management definitely needs sorting.
Written 31 March 2022
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Chris M
Farnham, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Booked tickets on line for entry to two of the exhibitions - fabric and the art galleries. Also walked around a lot of the grounds. Exhibitions are guided and took about 45mims to an hour each. Highlight for me was the folk art. Due to COVID-19 had to wear mask indoors. Shop open and there are toilets. Cafe closed although there is a small trailer selling teas, coffees, cakes and some sausage rolls, pies etc although when we got there some of the items had sold out. Staff very friendly. We used the stairs but I did notice lifts for those that would need them. Stunning setting by a lake with a fair bit of grounds to walk around.
Written 17 August 2020
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Steveinbrum
Birmingham, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Wonderful day out. The perfect way to spend a beautiful, cold and sunny day. Lovely walk around the lake. Terrific lunch, ( It was very busy, they seemed understaffed but with Covid isn't everywhere and food was well worth the wait - I would definitely recommend making a reservation).
After a good feed we went to the Gibbons and Nash exhibitions which were superb, and were somewhat surprised by how dark it was when we left as we had completely lost track of time.
The day cost us £40 each, which initially seemed quite pricey, but on reflection this is pretty good value for an excellent meal, a unique exhibition and a long walk through a stunning landscape.
Written 21 January 2022
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David G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
After years of thinking about going I finally got around to visiting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Alongside the regular collections there are others that change throughout the year. Some, like the Chinese Collection, are up there with anything available elsewhere in the UK whilst the recently re-imagined “Sensing Naples” adds in smell and sound to the sight of the paintings which brings in another dimension … or two.

Once you’ve paid to get in there are bookable free guided tours (currently on Wednesdays and Thursdays but as they say … check the website). I went on two of these (general intro to the museum and Tudor Mystery: A master painter revealed). Both were excellent, thank you Pam.

There are also things to see and do in the grounds but it was a bit wet when I was there so I saved them till a later visit as I had a year pass (see below).

I had coffee and cake in the café and I would put this as average VFM for this type of attraction. However, there are spaces inside and out where you can bring and eat your own food so that’s a plus point.

I had seen the “light and sound spectacular” earlier in the year and took advantage of a discounted yearly membership they were offering at the time. IMO this is excellent VFM as I can go back to see the new collections as they’re introduced and explore the grounds.

Transport wise, the Stagecoach 77 bus from Warwick or Stratford stops at the entrance otherwise it's a car journey. There is a walk from the car park to the museum through the grounds but there is a complimentary mini bus if you don’t fancy the walk.
Written 6 April 2023
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TonyWanderer
West Sussex, UK44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We had been looking forward to our visit and enjoyed our look around the art gallery. However, we felt that it was expensive at £17 per head and concessions only being available for children, but not for over 65s. The restaurant was well organised when we visited for drinks and a snack. We weren’t particularly enamoured by the brightly coloured modern art coverings, which adorned the four historical pillars at the front of the building. Similarly the bright coloured modern art piece set on a slope in the middle of the magnificent grounds seemed at odds with the setting. When walking from the car to the house we initially thought it was a colourful adventure playground for children. Whilst there is a place for all art forms we just felt that these brightly coloured pieces were totally out of place and context.
Written 3 May 2022
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Rosemary G
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We love visiting the exhibitions and were not disappointed this time. However the Restaurant left a lot to be desired! Drinks were cold when they arrived, the Croque Monsieur turned out to be a toasted sandwich with overdone toast and the bruschetta was half a small bun which cost £8. All this accompanied by tasteless Doritos. All in all not value for money. Our plates were whipped away before we had all finished eating. Having complained on the telephone to be told that the catering was outsourced it would have been nice to have been offered a voucher to encourage a future visit to the Restaurant.
Written 3 December 2021
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davidandmel
Birmingham, UK1,581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We have couples membership which is great value at just £60 for 12 months with the auto renew option. Just a couple of visits will get you the return but we intend to visit quite often as it is fairly local for us.
The parklands are lovely for a stroll and there are some slightly longer walks around the meadows which we will return to do. In fine weather, you can sit outdoors - there is even a little chapel.
We tried the restaurant and were impressed with the quality of the food - ideal for a full meal, a snack or just coffee and cake. There is also an outdoor pod that offers coffees and sandwiches.
We really enjoyed the Portrait Artist of the Year and the Masterji photography Exhibitions - we will visit again to peruse the permanent collections!
Written 25 May 2022
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