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

From 1 March 2019:
Watts Gallery & Watts Studios, 10.30am - 5pm

Closed Mondays apart from Bank Holidays

Visitor Centre & The Tea Shop open daily, 10am - 5pm

Admission charges

Standard Adult: £12.50 (£13.75 including gift aid)
Students: £6.25
Children under 18: Free

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.
Zoomed image of a young man, brown left eye visible and chestnut hair tumbles down is neck.

Historic Galleries

  • 3 July — 16 August 2020 *on now

£6.50 | Tickets will go on sale on Monday 20 July
Tickets must be purchased online

Built to exhibit the work of leading Victorian artist George Frederic Watts, Watts Gallery first opened its doors to the public on 1 April 1904.

Upholding the artist’s belief that art plays a major part ‘in the world’s wellbeing’, today this Grade II* listed building continues to showcase the art of G F Watts. From his early work and social realist scenes to celebrated portraits and ambitious symbolic paintings, the Historic Galleries trace the evolution of his art over a prolific 70-year career.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£6.50 | Tickets will go on sale on Monday 20 July
Tickets must be purchased online



A watercolour study of an oak leaf with a swirling blue watercolour on the background.

Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin

  • 17 August — 2 November 2020

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 20 July

Admission | Tickets must be purchased online

Only open for one week before Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village had to temporarily close in response to Covid-19, this fascinating exhibition has been extended until 2 November.

A complex and often contradictory figure, John Ruskin stands as one of the most influential thinkers of the nineteenth century. A pioneering art critic and an accomplished draftsman, he believed that art had the power to transform society and that nature inspired the most meaningful art. Two centuries after his birth, this exhibition examines Ruskin’s legacy as a social reformer, ecological thinker, and educator.

Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin features paintings, drawings, and manuscripts largely from collections at Yale University - the Yale Center for British Art and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library - together representing one of the most important repositories of Ruskin’s work in the United States, much of which is to be exhibited in the UK for the first time.

The exhibition has been curated by three PhD Candidates in Yale University’s Department of the History of Art: Tara Contractor, Victoria Hepburn, and Judith Stapleton; with Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Centre Professor of the History of Art at Yale; and Courtney Skipton Long, Acting Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Yale Center for British Art.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets will go on sale on Monday 20 July

Admission | Tickets must be purchased online



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.
A misty morning on the island of St.Kilda, image shows the rocks in the distance, with the sea full of waves as sea birds rise from the distance

Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA – Etching the Archipelago

  • 6 July — 1 September 2020 *on now

Free admission | Works for sale

This season, Watts Contemporary Gallery presents an exhibition work by Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA - widely acclaimed as Britain’s foremost contemporary etcher and a leading landscape artist and printmaker. Etching the Archipelago brings together more than 40 aquatint etchings, including a number of new prints, inspired by Ackroyd’s expeditions to the edge of the British Archipelago over almost 50 years. From representations of St Kilda UNESCO World Heritage Site to Orkney, see how Ackroyd has become ‘a master in the medium’. Ackroyd studied at Leeds College of Art from 1956 to 1961, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1961 to 1964. He has had many solo exhibitions, both in Britain and internationally. Ackroyd was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. In 2007, he was awarded a CBE for Services to Engraving and Printing.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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