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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

#142 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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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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Beautiful well worth a visit

My friend had been here before and she came a second time with me. This is a beautiful house and was the home of Lord Leighton a Victorian artist. He is known for the famous... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My friend had been here before and she came a second time with me. This is a beautiful house and was the home of Lord Leighton a Victorian artist. He is known for the famous painting called Flaming June. The house is of domestic proportions but beautifully presented. The artist's studio was very interesting. On the ground floor are beautiful... More 

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

If you love getting a sense of how people used to live and that you like beautiful interiors, this is definitely a place to visit. The blue room downstairs is absolutely stunning, with tiles from various countries, Turkey, Syria. The hallway and staircase are also stunning and the atelier is a place where you would want to spend some time... More 

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London
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

I visited Leighton House with a group. We had a guide who was clearly a serious artist and explained the qualities and techniques use by both Fredric Leighton and other pre-Raphaelites. This was enthralling and together with the information about the history of the house and its construction and ethos. A lovely place to visit especially if you have a... More 

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Retford
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

I arrived just in time owing to my map putting it on the wrong block. In addition there was only one tiny street sign! I enjoyed the house (which is smaller than I imagined) and having seen the literature, assumed that 'Flaming June' from Puerto Rico was on display. I searched every room to no avail. It is a large... More 

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

Dear John, many thanks for taking the time to write this review. I am sorry to hear that you didn't get to see the exhibition Flaming June: The Making Of an Icon, currently on show until 2 April 2017. The exhibition is displayed across various rooms upstairs with signs that help the visitor's journey. If you are still in London... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

The house is great to see without guidance, but the guided tour adds a lot to what you'll see. I was fortunate to be able to visit during the brief time that Flaming June was on display and seeing that painting was worth the entry fee. I did not use the audio guide so cannot comment on its quality, but... More 

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Thank LeannLewis
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Very poor street signage from Kensington Tube station, wasted a great deal of time trying to locate the museum (telephoned for directions but got voicemail). Was happy to pay £12 entry fee to view one of my favourite paintings Flaming June, however it is a little over priced otherwise. Aware in advance of low level lighting for preservation, however (apart... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

It's a lovely house but a pity so few rooms are open to the public, only about 6. You can't take photos and there was a large noisy tour taking place which echoed into other rooms. There's also that irritating National Trust ' thing' of putting pine cones on chairs so you don't sit down even on chairs which clearly... More 

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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This was our second visit to this unusual artists' house and very enjoyable on both visits. I can see the beauty in his paintings but he is not an artist I greatly admire. Well worth a visit for the house and garden and the lovely tiles. A house to feel relaxed in. Discount entry for National Trust members. Garden was... More 

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Falls Church, VA
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

I can't say enough about this lovely museum in Holland Park. I had been meaning to visit it for years, as I'd always heard wonderful things about it, but it was always just far enough off the itinerary. I made a point of visiting on this last trip and was so pleased that I did. Located in pretty Holland Park,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Amazing and very eccentric house of the artist Frederick Leighton. Worth going to see at any time to admire the Moroccan-influenced interiors but the current Flaming June exhibition adds further interest. £10 admission is a little steep for the size of the house and the gift shop is very expensive but well worth seeing.

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