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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

#141 of 1,599 things to do in London
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Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
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Address: 12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
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10:00 - 17:30
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Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic,...

Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.

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Moorish charm

A lovely home in a beautiful avenue in a very nice area of London. There is an entrance fee to pay. The rooms were not lit very well but the museum was interesting with the... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a wonderfully magic location just on the edge of Holland Park. A house of inspirational architecture and a story to match. It was a new experience for me as friends had brought me along (takes a lot to show me something in London I didn't know about). The problem however came when we were entering and discovered there... More 

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Paul, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review about your experience at Leighton House Museum; we are glad that you and your friend enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your concerns about disabled access in the house; Leighton's house was built in the 1860's and throughout the years, since it became a Museum, the intention behind the... More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely home in a beautiful avenue in a very nice area of London. There is an entrance fee to pay. The rooms were not lit very well but the museum was interesting with the biggest surprise being the Arabic Room. This is the most stunning and best part of the visit with a lot of moorish charm. It is... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A real treat of a museum, perfect for those with an interest in the arts looking for something a bit different. We arrived at opening times and the downstairs reception was so tranquil with the fountain playing. It did get busier after half an hour or so. It was a remarkable feat of design in the tiled entrance hall and... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The art here is okay, but the house itself is a real treasure. It was custom built by the artist that owned it, and as such the layout and interior design are both interesting and beautiful. I found it hard to believe I'd never heard of it before! I went on a free tour given by the curator and it... More 

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been a regular visitor to thus area for tens of tears now and didn't know that this place existed. It's a small treasure. Entrance is free with a National Art Pass. Free Information about each room and it's exhibits is available in each room. Each room is so different from each other. Definitely worth a visit.

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fascinating building, but the Museum as such does not go out of its way to communicate anything at all to its visitors. After paying the entrance fee you'll have to pay extra for a leaflet if you want to get any context to your visit. I didn't feel like paying for the leaflet, so I was left... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Leighton House was the home that pre-eminent Victorian artist Frederick Leighton built to work in and to display his art and Arabic tile collection. It is delightfully eclectic and well preserved. We went there to see his collection, but found that a specific exhibition was taking place - "Flaming June - the Making of an Icon". Brilliant - magnificent paintings... More 

Thank Shelley C
Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Considering all of the wonderful and welcoming art galleries there are in London, I would recommend avoiding this one. It is quite pricy, which I wouldn't mind except for the fact that you can't take photos. The docents don't know anything about the space or the art and their main purpose seems to be yelling at people. The garden looked... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What I wonderfully individual house, so much more than a gallery to Frederic Leighton. The Arab Hall with its collection of tiles was totally unexpected. So glad I took the trouble to walk down from the Design Museum.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the last day to see Flaming June - quite out of this world. We last saw her in Madrid and she is back to Puerto Rico so closed to all but the most fortunate. The house is quite lovely - the Arab Room is a knockout. Pity we cant have a permanent exhibition of Leightons works -... More 

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