Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Kendal, East Cumbria

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The splendid Georgian architecture of Abbot Hall is just amazing. Inside the hall the furnishings and decor reflect the elegance and grandeur of the era. Now housing an extensive art gallery and set in beautifully manicured gardens, it offers visitors an insight into the history of the Lake District  

Dating back to 1759 when Abbot Hall was built this building has become much loved and has been used in many different forms over the years. Originally it would be where the visiting Abbot would stay. It was rebuilt on the site of the Old Abbots Hall, who rebuilt it is unknown.

Sadly it did seem to fulfil the purpose of a family home, as many tried but always moved on until eventually it was owned by a bank. In 1897 it ended up in the ownership of Kendal Borough Council and over the years it fell into a state of disrepair and it was apart from the Parish Church, it was the only Grade One listed building in Kendal. It even lent itself at one stage to becoming a nursery.

Eventually the local people decided the property must be restored and so a charitable trust was established and funds were raised to save this lovely building and in 1962 it was opened as an Art Gallery.

Many exhibitions and displays are on show in Abbot Hall throughout the year so no matter when you come to visit the stunning Lake District, do be sure to enquire as  to the exhibitions on offer, there is bound to be something of interest to you.  Don't worry about the kids being bored, they are catered for on Fridays between 10.30 -11.30 with Crawl In the Hall where they can get creative, with colours, textures and shapes, excellent stimulation for the young minds.

After taking in all that culture, you can relax in the Coffee House with a nice...


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Abbot Hall Art Gallery
North Yorkshire
01539 722464
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