The Harley Gallery

A view of The Harley Gallery, looking across the courtyard.
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Welcome to The Harley Gallery, where old and new come together.

The Harley Gallery is home to the historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative art. Displays from this internationally significant collection are accompanied by exhibitions from leading contemporary artists.

Additional attractions include events, ranging from tours of the State Rooms at Welbeck Abbey to meeting craftspeople at the Open Studios, a café serving homemade meals and snacks, shop specialising in contemporary crafts, and children’s’ activity area.

Situated on the picturesque Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, The Harley Gallery is easily reached from the A1 and M1.

Free entry. Free parking.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1000-1630

Admission charges


Getting there

Situated on the picturesque Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, The Harley Gallery is easily reached from the A1 and M1.

The treasury gallery is the only venue displaying the private Portland Collection. Displays are rotated annually and include silverware, miniature painting, porcelain, textiles, jewellery and illustrated books.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Photography

Key artists and exhibits

  • A changing programme of five exhibition per year including contemporary craft, fine art and photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A corridor at Welbeck

Elements of Architecture: Corridors and Welbeck Tunnels

  • 4 July — 20 September 2015 *on now

This is a rare chance to see the part of Koolhaas’ exhibition Elements of Architecture which was influenced by the Welbeck Estate.

The exhibition focusses on the ‘Corridor’ display from Elements of Architecture, and explores the vast underground ballroom and tunnels at Welbeck. They were built by the 5th Duke of Portland in the 19th century, and the exhibition presents theories about this mythologized architecture through film and photography.

Elements of Architecture was originally exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. This acclaimed exhibition was curated by Koolhaas’ practice OMA and Professor Stephan Trüby, Harvard University, with work from Walter Niedermayr and Hans Werlemann. Its 15 themed displays looked at the fundamentals that make up architecture – for example floors, fireplaces or escalators.

Koolhaas described the work as his own grand tour of architecture.

The exhibition is part of The Grand Tour, which reinterprets world class collections through contemporary art across four venues in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It is a partnership between Chatsworth, Derby Museums, The Harley Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary together with Experience Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.

The Grand Tour has been funded as part of the Arts Council England and VisitEngland’s joint Cultural Destinations programme. For more information visit

Suitable for

  • Any age


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Gallery tour

Final Friday Walk and Talk Tours

  • 27 February — 18 December 2015 *on now

Each month will have a different focus, from exploring our new gallery site to discovering contemporary art with an expert.

See details for each month here

Suitable for

  • Any age


Entry is free, booking may be required for some talks. Please see for details.


Getting there

Situated on the picturesque Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, The Harley Gallery is easily reached from the A1 and M1.

The Harley Gallery
S80 3LW




01909 501700

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.