Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Watts Gallery
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Watts Gallery — Artists' Village is a unique family day out in the Surrey Hills. Explore the newly opened Watts Studios then discover Victorian paintings and sculpture in the historic Watts Gallery before treating yourself to lunch or cream tea in The Tea Shop. Stroll to the nearby Grade-I listed Watts Chapel, taking in the beautiful woodlands and grounds, take a tour of founders G F and Mary Wattses' Grade-II listed house Limnerslease (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday only) or discover the wide selection of gifts, books and homewares in the shop. Free family trails and resources are available every day of the week.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective, Archive, Museum, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tues to Sun 11.00-17.00

Closed Mondays apart from Bank Holidays

Visitor Centre & The Tea Shop open daily

Admission charges

Standard Adult: £9.50 (£10.50 including gift aid)
Students: £4.75
Children under 16: Free
Discounted Tuesdays: All tickets £4.75

Groups: Coach parties welcome if booked in advance. Group rates/ tours available.


  • National Art Pass

Additional info

Our library and archive is open to the public by appointment only.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Archives

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

The De Morgan Collection

  • 1 April 2015 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The De Morgan Collection features ceramics and oil paintings from William De Morgan (1839-1917) and Evelyn Pickering (1855-1919).

The De Morgans were not only close friends of the Wattses, with William advising Mary artistically throughout their friendship, but were also key figures of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The remarkable ceramics and oil paintings, on loan from the De Morgan Foundation, will provide an insight into their working relationships and reveal their extraordinary talents in multiple mediums.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply



The Battle of the Gods and Giants. G F Watts.

A Life in Art: G F Watts 1817-1904

  • 28 February — 5 November 2017 *on now

To mark G F Watts’s landmark birthday in February we will be unveiling a timeline of the artist’s life. Highlighting key occasions in Watts’s career, this illustrated chronology will tell the story of ‘England’s Michelangelo’ and his rise to prominence from humble origins to become a world-famous artist.
Featuring a selection of his finest drawings, this display showcases Watts’s remarkable story.


£9.50 adult admission
16 & under free
Half price Tuesday - £4.75



Apollo and Diana. G F Watts.

Monumental Murals

  • 28 February — 5 November 2017 *on now

Colossal, sculptural and highly admired, two extremely rare murals were painted by Watts for private homes in the 1850s. For the first time ever, see the beautiful Apollo and Diana, which has never been on public display before. This exhibition will bring together this forgotten masterpiece with Watts’s huge fresco Achilles and Briseis, which has been thoroughly restored.


£9.50 adult admission
16 & under free
Half price Tuesday - £4.75



G F Watts, After the Deluge

G F Watts: England's Michelangelo

  • 20 June — 26 November 2017

G F Watts: England's Michelangelo is a showcase of the artist's most important works from museum and private collections, brought together at Watts Gallery to celebrate the bicentenary of the great artist's birth.

This exhibition will draw attention tot he wide range of topics Watts treated, from Symbolism, social realism and spirituality to portraiture, philanthropy and pictorial allegory. Highlights will include one of the nation's top ten favourite paintings — the iconic Choosing (1864), which portrays Watts's charismatic teenage muse, Ellen Terry — the vibrant Jeanie Senior (1857-58) and the emblematic The Good Samaritan (1850.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adults £9.50
16 & under free



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.
Museums at Night at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Museums at Night

  • 20 May 2017 4-9pm

Take part in the international Museums at Night experience at a late night opening at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village.

Take inspiration from G F Watts's huge sculpture Physical Energy and help create a lawn full of sculpted horses and giant murals using stickers and collage.

Participate in talks about public art before enjoying supper in the Tea Shop, with a set menu at £15.95 per adult and £9.95 per child. (Supper must be pre-booked.)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Half price adult entry £4.75
16 & under FREE



David Owen Norris

An Evening of Victorian Song

  • 24 May 2017 7-8pm

Pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris presents an evening of Victorian music, recreating Watts's 80th birthday party featuring classical music by G F Handel and popular Victorian songs.





G F Watts, The Irish Famine

Philanthropy: A Call to Alms

  • 29 June 2017 4:30-7pm

Join Watts Gallery Trust for a symposium chaired by Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, social campaigner and champion of corporate and personal social responsibility.

This event explores the Wattses' legacy of Art for All and the philanthropy of the past and its influence and relevance today. Speakers include the historian David Starkey and Tristram Hunt, historian and Director of the V&A.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


The Charterhouse
Charterhouse Square


£20 suggested donation



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