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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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Community music event

If you are interested in the history of photography or you want a nice tea room then Dimbola is... read more

Reviewed today
Truro, United Kingdom
Interesting photographic museum

If you like photography this is worth a visit. The old home of Julia Margaret Cameron it has... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work - Vintage cameras - Programme of changing exhibitions - Victorian dressing-up room - Isle of Wight Festival displays - FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information. Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available.
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Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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Reviewed today

If you are interested in the history of photography or you want a nice tea room then Dimbola is worth a visit, but our visit this time was enhanced by a community music event. Local performers from singers to dancers and a harpist performed in...More

Thank lizbrian
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like photography this is worth a visit. The old home of Julia Margaret Cameron it has exhibitions, displays of equipment and is nice house too. Nice tea shop. I particularly liked the exhibition and memories about ferry crossings.

Thank XHarry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A pleasure to see the early and later black and white pictures. Interesting to see prints by a pioneer of the genre. The gallery showing images of the 1970 festival brought back a few memories. Overall a worthwhile visit and a nice cafe serving good...More

Thank Coolcoot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just happened upon this place at the end of a long walk and grateful to find the tea room - very nice cakes & tea sitting outside in the garden. But there's quite a bit more to see at this quirky place, home of the...More

Thank hilaryb53317
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We spotted this place when we were walking along the coastal path through Freshwater one evening and we decided to return the following day. It was closed for lunch when we arrived but the associated tea room was open so we went in for a...More

Thank widdowjo
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Mostly photographic but they mount special exhibition. Very nice tea rooms that are worth a visit in their own right

Thank Stephen100
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Whether you are into photography or not you will be impressed by this collection of portrait photographs. Bare in mid that they were taken over 150 years ago... amazing!! Something for everyone. Adults and children alike.

Thank LynnDanny
Reviewed 22 April 2017

A small museum focusing on the photographs of Margaret Cameron. It was interesting to see photographs of well known names of the period, such as Alice Liddell, Herschel, Lewis Carroll. Enjoyed the Isle of Wight Festival exhibition. The names of the bands and solo singers...More

Thank Shipahoyahoy
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

A museum dedicated to the life and work of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Amazing photographs of the 'Tennyson Set' including the man himself and Alice Liddell. It boasts a very cute traditional tea room and shop and a fascinating Isle of Wight Festival exhibition.

Thank Lisa E
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This museum is well worth a visit. For those interested in the history of photography it is a must. The exhibits on the IoW pop festivals are also interesting but the two themes do not sit happily together. Perhaps there needs to be further thought...More

Thank lizbrian
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Hi how long should I give myself to explore please?
12 March 2017|
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Response from RoddymacInnes | Reviewed this property |
If you fall into the magic of Dimbola Lodge and Julia Margaret Cameron's work and life, give yourself a few hours at the Lodge. I also spent a few hours walking around Freshwater Bay, and on the beautiful beach. I then took... More
Is it open in October? I can't work it out from the website.
26 July 2015|
Response from Debbie S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Dimbola is open all through the year, but not on Mondays. :-)