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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library and Visitor Information Centre situated in the heart of historic Canterbury. This award winning facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, excellent educational facilities...more
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18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
+44 1227 862162
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our visit here was quite interesting this time, too. We have been here a couple of times before. The paintings of cows, the portraits, other works and the collections are still fascinating. The new exhibition of The Ladybird artists 1940 to 1975 was fascinating as...More

Thank MulleEllum
Reviewed 5 days ago

Some superb paintings greet you as you enter the building but there are numerous rooms on several floors each occupied by numerous glass cases containing ceramics, metalwork and artefacts collected over the years. The ladybird book artist exhibition was a welcome surprise and very popular.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not a typical library visitor, and therefore I was most taken aback by what I found here. I told my wife to leave me there whilst she was shopping (yuk) and meet me at a cafe nearby in half an hour. Two hours...More

Thank Donsafe
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a superb name, built in the late Victorian period and named after Dr. J. G. Beaney, one of the original benefactors. Today it houses an eclectic display of items brought back to the City by some of the “Grand Tour” collectors, many paintings by...More

Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great inspirational place to be in! A chance to learn from some great people, take part in activities and view some incredible art! A wide range of knowledge to be had in this building and the architecture of it is stunning too! Check it out!

Thank JadeL718
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you grew up with Ladybird books like we did - then go and see this - you’ll be excitedly exclaiming ‘ooh I had that one!’ And scouring the wall of books to find your favourites. Was really nice to see and read more about...More

Thank CarolineHudsonSmith
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great space of local history, exhibit sans a lovely little cafe. Worth a visit. The ladybird book covers were being exhibited, and led to some nostalgic discussions amongst the adults, children were a tad bemused.

Thank Enka29
Reviewed 14 August 2018

You need to go in the Beany and have a good walk around fantastic art work and historical displays great old building with hidden gems at every turn a must FREE visit don’t wait till it rains to go in spend time wondering around and...More

Thank Derek K
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Canterbury deserves more. Many other cities 'do' art and culture so much better. In this building is crammed in the entire library, exhibition room, art works, a cafe (definitely the highlight) and an ecclectic (if interesting) mix of random objects collected over hundreds of years....More

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Holly B, Marketing Manager at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Good Afternoon, Thank you for your review and we were sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit. A major project to refurbish the Beaney was completed in 2012 and since that time we have welcomed over two million visitors through our doors...More

Reviewed 11 August 2018

We visited because I wanted to see the Ladybird book exhibition that is on at the moment. Felt quite nostalgic looking at the covers and remembering books that I'd forgotten about. "Tassletip and the Boozle"! I loved that one! The kids (7 & 5) love...More

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26 August 2016|
Response from MumClub | Reviewed this property |
There is disabled access at the rear and disabled toilets in the cafe.