Abbot Hall is one of our town’s most important historic buildings, a superb Grade I listed villa in beautiful grounds on the banks of the River Kent and home to the award-winning Abbot Hall Art Gallery. A unique space with art to admire, family activities and a packed programme of acclaimed exhibitions.
Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a wonderful experience for all who are interested in art. The gallery offers a programme of changing exhibitions and displays throughout the year, showcasing a variety of works by a wealth of national and international artists. There are also opportunities for family learning – with a dedicated family space, trails and discovery bags containing everything you need to investigate the art.
A highlight of any visit to Abbot Hall is the comprehensive collection of George Romney’s work. George Romney (1734 – 1802) was one of the greatest of all 18th century portrait painters. The story of Romney’s early career in Kendal is told through the display, amongst 18th century furniture and porcelain, and other 18th/19th century works.
Watercolour fans will love the small gallery reminiscent of a collector’s private room – with regularly changing displays that allow a Turner to be seen alongside a Ruskin, or a Constable sketch alongside works by the likes of Cotman, Cozens and Edward Lear.
Leave enough time to also visit the fascinating Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry just opposite Abbot Hall Art Gallery.