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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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Fascinating museum dedicated to an early photographer

A fascinating small museum dedicated to an early photographer who lived in the building - Julia... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Michael C
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Quaint and a lovely cuppa !

very nice venue, quaint, friendly staff, delicious cakes and excellent cuppa tea.....just what I... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Stonehouse, 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 27 October 2017 via mobile

A fascinating small museum dedicated to an early photographer who lived in the building - Julia Cameron. Besides her own work, we saw pictures of the 1970 Isle of Wight pop festival and a temporary exhibition of work of more recent photographers inspired by Julia...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 14 September 2017

very nice venue, quaint, friendly staff, delicious cakes and excellent cuppa tea.....just what I needed. Def worth a visit.

Thank Vik3062
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Charming museum with statue of Jimi Hendrix outside in the garden. Delightful tea room - was spoiled for choice but ended up with traditional cream tea. The waitress brought it over, explaining that they are usually served with just one scone but we had two...More

Thank Mr_Bee_Middlesex_UK
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Really enjoyed popping into the Dimbola - great to catch on the way to the Needles! Spent a very pleasant hour there while my kids played on the beach

Thank RuthAms
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped at the Dimbola Lodge tea room for a light lunch during a cycle ride. It's slightly quirky, with lots of cameras on display. The food and tea were good. The tea cups were traditional which added to the appeal.

Thank Jon P
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

I love this little museum its tea shop and statue of Jimmy Hendrix. The early photographic work of Julia Margret Cameron is so insightful. Called Dimbola because that was the name of the family's tea plantation in Ceylon, this eclectic museum is worth hunting down...More

1  Thank Peter_wiwi
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Very interesting exhibition of works by Julia Margaret Cameron who, in effect, invented portrait photography. Also, exhibit about iconic Isle of Wight music festival. Plus great tea rooms. What not to like?

1  Thank Petergeebee
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I love this house/museum with its fascinating and personally displayed history of Margaret Cameron and her family and literary/artistic friends. It has an amazing atmosphere with breathtaking views. The cafe serves high quality home baked food and tea served in china cups - the quiche,...More

1  Thank Lucy1862
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Certainly worth a visit. Very interesting museum. Younger people would learn about photography before digital came along. Cafe was good too.

2  Thank gwyneth_smith1
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Good historical background and interlinked galleries with a nice level of information. The dressing up room was great and the festival section slightly odd in the Victorian setting - but interesting all the same. Nice cream tea in the attached cafe but the book shop...More

1  Thank screennameinhere
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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
26 July 2015|
Response from Debbie S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Dimbola is open all through the year, but not on Mondays. :-)