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



Phoebe Anna Traquair

Phoebe Anna Traquair: Works in Miniature

  • 26 April — 23 October 2016 *on now

The Scottish artist Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) was a key figure in the Arts & Crafts Movement. Taking inspiration from Renaissance art and the poetry of William Blake, Traquair produced murals, embroidery, illuminated manuscript and enamels.
This display showcases her talents as an enameller with loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum.


£9.50 adult
£4.75 student



Victorian photograph showing four women in dresses. One woman's face is reflected in mirrors each side of her head

Close Up & Personal: Victorians & their Photographs

  • 14 June — 13 November 2016 *on now

This exhibition explores some of the ways that early photography was enjoyed by a society obsessed with the new technology. A variety of forms emerged including the carte-de-visite, the daguerreotype, albumen prints, family photograph albums and stereoscopes.



Linocut Lives On

Linocut Lives On

  • 15 July — 9 October 2016 *on now

This exhibition features work by some of the foremost British linocut artists of today, along with works by historical heroes of the genre such as Edward Bawden.
Co-curated by designer Cath Kidston, this personal selection will feature a fascinating range of works made using linoprint techniques. All artwork available for sale.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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.
Watts at Dusk

Watts at Dusk

  • 30 September 2016 5-9pm *on now

30 September: Celebrity Obsession
The advent of photography in the Victorian period opened the doors for people to own an image of themselves. Stop by our selfie station, mount your photo and decorate it in the Victorian style or have a caricaturist capture your likeness.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Half price adult admission
Kids go free

£9.50 adult
£4.75 student



Watts at Dusk

Watts at Dusk: The Uncanny

  • 28 October 2016 5-9pm

Join us for a night of uncanny happenings at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village as part of Museums at Night.

Dress up in your spookiest Halloween costume and take part in our Woodland Costume Parade with prizes for the best dressed!

Sketch deathly drawings from creepy stone models that could come alive after dark with Art Macabre and Surrey Art School founder Ellie Green.

Hear the Wattses' gardener George Andrews tell haunting ghost stories in the woodlands.

Become a ghastly goblin, scary skeleton or warty witch for the night with face painting by Fascinating Faces.

Explore Limnerslease by candle light on a guided tour.

Warm up your chilled bones with seasonal food and hot drinks on the lawn.

Listen to live music and Make! Halloween Crafts. All activities FREE with admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Half price Adult entry - £9.50
Students £4.75
16 and under go free



Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
Down Lane

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01483 810235


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