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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery



    Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768), known popularly as Canaletto, is today remembered as one of Italy’s greatest view painters. His images of Venice were particularly popular with the well-bred English gentlemen undertaking the Grand Tour of Europe. When war caused the flow of British visitors to Venice to dry up Canaletto followed his patrons home to Britain, where he stayed for almost nine years from 1746 to 1755.

    Through a series of astonishing canvases and drawings, Canaletto celebrated the accomplishment, success and wealth of the rising British nation and its latest achievements in architecture and engineering. By the time of Canaletto’s arrival in London most of the first generation of classical Palladian architects were dead and Britain’s increasing prosperity and confidence allowed for a more eclectic and liberal attitude to its newly-designed buildings.

    This is the first time that these outstanding paintings and drawings by Canaletto have been brought together to provide an overview of the artist’s time in Britain. It features significant works on loan from major collections, including the Royal Collection, the British Museum, Compton Verney and Dulwich Picture Gallery, as well as from private lenders.

    Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

    Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

    Picnic site nearby. Free admission to print exhibitions in Abbot Hall coffee shop.

    Opening details

    Open Monday-Saturday from 10am and Sundays from 12pm.


    Entry to exhibition is included with gallery admission.


    Abbot Hall


    Abbot Hall,
    LA9 5AL



    Plan route to Abbot Hall Art Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: SD 517921  Lat: 54.32298 Long: -2.74388

    From M6 jct 36 take A590 to Kendal. Come off dual-carriageway at Kendal south. Follow signs into town, Abbot Hall is well signed, next to Parish church.

    Just a short walk from Kendal Train Station. Swap onto the Lakes Line from Oxenholme and alight at Kendal.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Kendal station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

    Picnic site nearby. Free admission to print exhibitions in Abbot Hall coffee shop.

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