Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

Kendal, Cumbria

An amazing range of art in a beautiful Georgian setting makes Abbot Hall, one of the finest small galleries in Britain.

Feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem at Abbot Hall, a gallery that’s small in size, but not in ambition. It hosts some of the most imaginative temporary exhibition programmes outside London.

Occupying two light-filled rooms of a Grade I-listed building in Kendal, a quaint town in the Lake District, northwest England, Abbot Hall has been one of the most active galleries collecting British art in recent years, acquiring important works ranging from a Turner watercolour of Windermere to portraits by Stanley Spencer and etchings by David Hockney and Lucian Freud. Abbot Hall has also secured some spectacular long-term loans, including works by Constable and LS Lowry. There is a comprehensive collection of English painter George Romney's work, whose paintings are hung in the historical settings for which they were painted, among fine 18th-century furniture and porcelain.

Kendal is 2 hours 50 minutes from London by train.

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Outside the Abbot Hall Gallery Outside the Abbot Hall Gallery © Florence Ackland
The Saloon at Abbot HallThe Saloon at Abbot Hall © Florence Ackland
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JMW Turner at Abbot Hall Art GalleryJMW Turner at Abbot Hall Art Gallery © Cumbria Tourism
Young person admiring artwork in Abbot HallYoung person admiring artwork in Abbot Hall © Tony West

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