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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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Always a great visit

For a small regional gallery Abbot Hall punches well above it's weight. Lovely permanent... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lesley12342
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Millom, United Kingdom
Diverse & wonderful...

All credit to the team behind this fantastic art gallery that continues to impress with it’s latest... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
Howi58
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Winner of the Art Gallery of the Year Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works. Conveniently located in the town centre, Abbot Hall enjoys a pretty riverside setting. Just a stone’s throw from leafy Abbot Hall Park and Kendal Parish Church, it makes for an inspiring day out for all. On permanent display in the period Georgian rooms is a selection of works by Cumbrian born artist George Romney (1734-1802), one of the greatest of all eighteenth-century portrait painters. The centre piece is what many perceive to be his masterpiece, the beautiful The Gower Family: The Children of Granville, 2nd Earl Gower (1776-7). Also on show is The Great Picture which is an impressive triptych commissioned by Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1678) in 1646. It depicts the story of her life-long struggle for, and ultimately succession to, the family inheritance.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a small regional gallery Abbot Hall punches well above it's weight. Lovely permanent exhibitions, a fabulous selection of prints, and always a thought provoking exhibition. And a great gift shop.Easy parking.

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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

All credit to the team behind this fantastic art gallery that continues to impress with it’s latest “Monet” exhibition. There is an eclectic mix of wonderful paintings including many by the famed, 18th Century, portrait painter, George Romney, who spent his last days just a...More

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James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hi, Thanks for you review, I am pleased to see that you enjoyed it and that you felt the exhibitions varied and fulfilling. We have a really exciting year of exhibitions this year and I hope you will come again soon to see our new...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

I have visited this gallery often before. This time I went to see the Monet haystacks, but while I'm glad I saw this, I found the permanent display a disappointment. This is frustrating, because I know the gallery has wonderful things in that collection, inc...More

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James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Thank you for your review. I am pleased that you enjoyed seeing Monet Haystacks but am sorry to hear that you were disappointed by our permanent collection displays. At the time of your visit we had the Monet Haystacks, the Patricia MacKinnon Day 'tracing the...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We enjoyed our visit to the three attractions here. We parked in the public car park next door, although there is a discounted car park outside the gallery, and paid a combined price to enter the gallery and museum, which is in a separate building....More

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James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi, Thanks for the review, I am pleased that you enjoyed the visit to the Gallery and Museum. Our cafe reopened last year after the floods so I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the visit, maybe next time we can tempt you with...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

For a small art gallery in a small town on the edge of the Lake District this is impressive. On this visit there were 2 new acquisitions, portraits by Lucien Freud, plus one of Monet's haystacks on loan from the National Gallery of Scotland. The...More

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James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Hi, Thanks for your review! I am pleased to see you enjoyed your visit. We have some really exciting exhibitions this year including Elisabeth Frink and Rodin later in the year so please do come back soon!

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Try to go to Abbot Hall every few months it is a lovely little gallery and I think well worth a visit.

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James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you for the review! I am pleased you are a repeat visitor and enjoy coming to see the different exhibitions! We have a packed year this year so we may see you more!

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

For a provincial gallery, it certainly punches above its weight. A Monet masterpiece and soon a Rodin piece, wow. Permanent exhibition was impressive enough.More

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James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thanks for your review! We try to bring world class artwork to a rural setting and its great to hear when people enjoy the exhibitions. We have some great exhibitions planned this year as well as the Rodin and Monet so please keep an eye...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Contrastingly to some previous reviews we found the Abbot Hall Gallery a real gem. A mixture of permanent collection and rotating exhibits was pretty much an embarrassment of riches. There’s the Monet they’ve got at the moment, but to be honest I was much more...More

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Hi, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We certainly have a wide variety of artwork on display at the moment and when Land Sea Life loses on the 17 February we will be...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Advertised as hosting a world masterpiece in Monet's Haystacks we went to the art gallery on a very wet afternoon. £7.00 entry was an initial shock! The Monet was well worth seeing but the resident exhibition seems a bit tired and the surroundings look drab...More

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review us, I am sorry that you felt underwhelmed by what was on offer to see. As well as the Monet (a first for Cumbria) we have over 70 pieces of 20th century art from the Ingram Collection...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Not the largest gallery we have visited but here we found a broad cross section of art well presented. Local a traditional/historic art sit side by side with mordern pieces. Great for a wet morning or afternoon in the Lake District.

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review us, I am pleased you enjoyed your visit and the exhibitions we currently have on. Please do visit us again as we have some exciting exhibitions later in the year with Elisabeth Frink and Grayson Perry

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barry503
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Hi, our current exhibitions and displays are: - LAND | SEA | LIFE: A British Art Collection Curated by Abbot Hall Art Gallery, LAND | SEA | LIFE is exhibition of works on loan from The Ingram Collection, which is... More
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