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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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Original and quirky

A fascinating step back into the Victorian era. Home of a pioneering, well connected female... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rideandseek
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Dorset,UK
Permanent Collection And Contemporary Displays

We have visited Dimbola on a number of occasions over the years. Apart from the Julia Margaret... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bsandrs
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Portsmouth, 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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A fascinating step back into the Victorian era. Home of a pioneering, well connected female photographer and a look into the world of that time. Helpful staff. Nice tearoom. Good place to spend a couple of hours.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited Dimbola on a number of occasions over the years. Apart from the Julia Margaret Cameron images, we have seen specialised themed contemporary exhibitions of high quality and will return again. The tea room/cafe is also a treat.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

After 14 years of living on Isle of Wight only just visited Dimbola and found it a fascinating museum close to beautiful Freshwater Bay. The staff were very helpful without being intrusive. We had coffee and cakes in the coffee shop to complete our visit...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Here, you are invited to invest your time and money to both learn and help restore this charming and characterful home. We did a short visit here, starting initially as a pit stop for a coffee, but it was much more, we spent our time...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Dimbola Gallery at the weekend and it really is quite a gem. Not only the former home of the truly trailblazing photographer Julia Margaret Cameron - imagine taking up photography at 48 in the Victorian era she must have been quite the character -...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for tea and cake as we were staying in an apartment across the road. All the cake is homemade and everything fresh so be prepared to wait a while. We were not in a hurry and were quite chilled out with time...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having decided to have a birthday lunch at Dimbola, it was a great disappointment. Having ordered two sandwiches and two drinks, one solitary drink arrived at the table. The waitress seemed most surprised. Both drinks appeared after a few more minutes. We were then surprised...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Dimbola Lodge Museum tells the story of Julia Margaret Cameron and her photography well. The other exhibitions on when we visited were really interesting - Jan Ramscar "Plants in a Different Light" (stunningly beautiful botanical photograms created without camera) and Pete Johnstone "West Wight People...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

We had afternoon tea in the cafe next door and you get a ticket to the museum . Very interesting and even more fun as you can try on costumes . Thank you for a great time

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Having read in Wightlink's Wightlife magazine about a photography exhibition at the Dimbola Museum, mentioning that it was open All Year Round, my husband and I went to have a look on Tuesday, 20th March, only to discover that the Museum and Gallery were closed...More

Thank Georgina G
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Dimbola_Staff, Customer Services at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi Georgina, thank you for your review. I apologise that you came over to the Island to find we were closed, I can understand your disappointment. The opening times in the magazine you mention were misprinted last year, and unfortunately this was only spotted after...More

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