Abbot Hall

Susie Stubbs
Abbot Hall from across the River Kent. Photo © Tony West.

Abbot Hall, Kirkland, Kendal, LA9 5AL – Visit Now

Built in 1759 as a private home, saved from dereliction and opened as an art gallery in 1962, the Grade I-listed Abbot Hall, Kendal is now one of the best centres for visual art in Cumbria. It holds a fine collection that ranges from 18th century masterpieces to one of the most comprehensive collections of John Ruskin’s drawings and watercolours in the country. It also counts a substantial collection of modern and contemporary artworks among its treasures, including works by Bridget Riley, Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego and Richard Wentworth, as well as lithographs by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Henry Moore. Abbot Hall also has a decent shop, cafe and puts on a regular programme of art and cultural events. One of Kendal’s star attractions.

Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges

£7.70 / £7 / Free

Services and Facilities

Gallery, shop, food, drink