Abbot Hall Art Gallery

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Abbot Hall's fine collection of 18th, 19th and 20th Century art is set within an elegant Georgian Villa. The permanent collection is complimented by a programme of critically acclaimed changing exhibitions. Abbot Hall's Coffee House also boasts an appetising menu of locally produced food, which is freshly prepared.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Open 16 Jan 2015 - 14 Feb 2016 (closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan)
Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 4pm (closing 5pm Mar - Oct)

Sundays during July, August and Canaletto exhibition (22 Oct -14 Feb 2016), 12 - 4pm

Admission charges

Adult £7 (without donation £6.35)
During the Canaletto exhibition Adult £9 (without donation £8.15)

Joint Gallery & Museum £9 (without donation £8.60)
During the Canaletto exhibition Adult £10 (without donation £9.50)

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Social History

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

Modern Masters at Abbot Hall

  • 1 January 2015 — 26 September 2016 *on now

Featuring a selection of modern masterpieces from Abbot Hall’s extensive collection, this will be a rare chance to see Paula Rego’s major political work, Triptych, as well as important paintings by Frank Auerbach, LS Lowry and other modern and contemporary masters.

Suitable for


Canaletto, London: The Thames from Somerset House Terrace towards the City

Canaletto's Architecture: Celebrating Georgian Britain

  • 22 October 2015 — 14 February 2016

Canaletto’s Architecture: Celebrating Georgian Britain examines the artist’s nearly 10 year stay in England from 1746.

As well as showing works created during that time, the exhibition also shows the extreme contrast between Canaletto’s depiction of the Palladian architecture of his native Venice – including typical views of Palladio’s Redentore and San Giorgio Maggiore – with the works he created in England.


Normal admission charges apply


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.
people living with dementia and their carers.

Every First Tuesday

  • 3 November 2015 From 2pm

Part of Lakeland Arts’ programme of activities and events designed to engage people living with dementia and their carers. Sessions are informal and social, stimulate lively discussion, generate creative ideas and enhance well being.

Begins with a tea or coffee and then time is spent in the gallery or museum.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£5 per session. Adults in support roles will not be charged. Booking is essential. Make your booking by telephoning the gallery, 01539 722464, to discuss specific needs and address any issues around mobility and access to the buildings.


Dr Steven Parissien

Canaletto: Celebrating Britain, with Dr Steven Parissien

  • 22 October 2015 1-2pm

Canaletto is today remembered as one of Italy’s greatest view painters, yet he also stayed in this country for nine years, between 1746 and 1755. The paintings and drawings which Canaletto executed in Britain were specifically designed to celebrate the latest achievements of British architecture and engineering - and, by implication, the impressive accomplishment, success and wealth of the rising British nation. Join Dr Steven Parissien, Director, Compton Verney, for this lunchtime special talk.

Tickets include entry to have a look around the exhibition before the talk.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£10, £7 for Friends of Lakeland Arts (booking is essential as places are limited).


Pop Up Canaletto

  • 28 October 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm

Step out of the gallery and into a street scene. We’re inviting families to get involved in creating architecturally inspired pop up books throughout the gallery.

Create a Georgian street scene or a Lakeland view inspired by the magnificent paintings that surround you.

Suitable for 5 - 11 year olds. £3 per child, adults free with admission, booking is essential as places are limited

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£3 per child, adults free with admission

Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Abbot Hall




01539 722464

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