Watts Gallery

Watts Gallery
Down Lane

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Watts Gallery Exterior
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First opening its doors to the public in 1904, Watts Gallery is a purpose built art gallery created for the display of the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904).

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Tues to Sat 11.00-17.00
Sun 13.00–17.00

Mondays apart from Bank Holidays
Check for opening times over Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Standard Adult: £7.50 (£8.50 including gift aid) £1 donation
Children under 16: Free
Student price: £3.75 (half price admission)
Art Fund: Free
Carers: Free
Discounted Tuesdays (every Tuesday): All tickets £3.75 (£4.25 including gift aid) 50p donation
(No group booking on Tuesdays)

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

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.
painting of woman in blue dress watering plant

Liberating Fashion: Aesthetic Dress in Victorian Portraits

  • 17 February — 7 June 2015 *on now

The exhibition showcases masterpieces by the Victorian Greats, including Watts, Leighton, Burne-Jones, Alma-Tadema and Tissot alongside fashion, photography and drawings.

The exhibition sheds new light on how Aestheticism led to a re-assessment of perceptions of beauty and heralded a fashion reform. These captivating portraits from the Aesthetic movement demonstrate how the sitters engaged with the changes in fashion, and how this in turn influenced a change in portraiture.


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.
Two people dressed as Victorians

Watts at Dusk: Museums at Night

  • 15 May 2015 5-9pm

Celebrate the current exhibition 'Liberating Fashion', don some Victorian clothing and pose for a calling card picture you can take away with you. Discover the collection of Victorian art and explore the Arts & Crafts Gallery after dark, then tour the exhibition to learn about how the portraits on show were part of a fashion revolution. Enjoy live music, a well-stocked bar and twilight picnic on the lawn provided by the Watts Gallery Tea Shop.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Half price entry to the Gallery £3.75 all tickets (to include all activities tours and workshops, excluding optional refreshments)