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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery



Winner of the Art Gallery of the Year Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works.

Conveniently located in Kendal town centre, Abbot Hall enjoys a pretty riverside setting. Just a stone’s throw from the leafy Abbot Hall Park and Kendal Parish Church, it makes for an inspiring day out for all.

On permanent display at Abbot Hall is an impressive collection of eighteenth and nineteenth-century art. In the elegant period rooms visitors will discover a selection of works by Cumbrian born artist George Romney, one of the greatest eighteenth-century portrait painters. The centre piece is what many perceive to be his masterpiece, the beautiful The Gower Family: The Children of Granville, 2nd Earl Gower (1776-7).

Also permanently exhibited is The Great Picture – an impressive triptych commissioned by Lady Anne Clifford (1590 – 1678) in 1646. It depicts the story of her life-long struggle for, and untimely succession to, the family inheritance.

Abbot Hall is also well known for showing an ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions by internationally renowned artists including Rembrandt, Canaletto, David Hockney, Barbara Hepworth and Patrick Caulfield, to name a few.

Picnic site nearby. Free admission to The Bakestone cafe at Abbot Hall.

Opening details

Closing 16.00, Jan, Feb, Nov & Dec.


Adult £7.70 (without donation £7.00)

Joint Gallery & Museum ticket available for £9.90 (£9.00 without donation)

Young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16 FREE


  • 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 The Bakestone cafe at Abbot Hall.

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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

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system

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