Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Location : Kendal

Abbot Hall is currently closed. It closed for redevelopment in 2020, just before the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), who owns the building and is managing the redevelopment, aims for the project to begin in the autumn of 2022. This means that Lakeland Arts, who run the gallery, hope to reopen it as early in 2023 as is possible.

image of the facade of Abbot Hall across the river Kent

Beside the Parish Church is the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, set in an attractive Georgian House in a beautiful setting beside the River Kent, surrounded by a park, and overlooked by the ruins of Kendal Castle.

There is a painting by John Bracken of Lady Anne Clifford here.

It is one of Britain’s finest small art galleries and a wonderful place in which to see and enjoy art in the elegantly proportioned rooms of a Grade I listed building.

image of a child looking at paintings in an art gallery

As well as owning a fine collection of British art, Abbot Hall is highly acclaimed for its stimulating exhibition programme. The permanent collection includes key works by George Romney, and two dramatic paintings of Windermere by Philip de Loutherbourg. There are fine examples of 18th Century furniture and some delightful portrait miniatures. There is also an important collection of 20th Century British art.

There is a gift shop and coffee shop, and disabled facilities. There is a picnic area by the river.

The Museum of Lakeland Life is housed in what was the stable block of Abbot Hall. There are displays of traditional rural trades of the area, including farming machinery and tools, showing how Cumbrian people lived, worked and entertained themselves over the last 300 years.

image of an aerial view of Abbot Hall, Kendal
Kendal Parish Church, with the Museum of Lakeland Life and Abbot Hall above.

Abbot Hall has also purchased Blackwell, the house designed by Arts and Crafts architect Baillie Scott, situated just south of Bowness-on-Windermere.

The interior photographs on this page were supplied by Abbot Hall.

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