For cultural breaks in the Lake District, Kendal is a superb choice with attractions including an internationally acclaimed art gallery and an award winning arts centre. See drawings and watercolours by John Ruskin at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in the town. The gallery also features work by Romney, Picasso, Paula Rego, Hepworth and Stanley Spencer.
Abbot Hall is particularly famous for holding one of the best collections of artwork by George Romney who served his apprenticeship locally in Kendal before moving on to become one of the country’s most celebrated portrait painters. The Romney collection at Abbot Hall spans the artist’s entire career from early sketches, drawings and portraits completed in Kendal to a stunning pastel portrait of the Romantic Poet Charlotte Smith.
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal is internationally acclaimed and housed within a beautiful Grade I listed Georgian hall constructed in 1759. The art collection in this prestigious art gallery features work by George Romney, drawings and watercolours by John Ruskin and an extensive collection of modern sculpture including pieces by Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink.
The contemporary art collection at Abbot Hall is a dazzling mix of work by high profile names including Paula Rego, Picasso, Henry Moore and Bridget Riley. Art work by Kurt Schwitters, the German refugee and pioneering 20th century artist who lived in the Lake District near Ambleside for a period also features within the gallery. Visit the outstanding on-site gallery shop selling a great selection of art books, art materials and limited edition prints.
Family activities at Abbot Hall
Families are warmly welcomed with baby changing facilities, a coffee house with children’s menu, family trails and fun activities are all available on-site. Children under 16 get free entry to the gallery and right next door sits Abbot Hall Park with a children’s play area featuring a zip wire, swings and slides.