Martello Alley
Martello Alley
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Visit us at 203 B Wellington St., or online 24/7 on our new 360 interactive site. You can find it at menu “Virtual Shop” on our Website. A quirky and fun little art gallery located in an old alley in downtown Kingston Ontario. It is Ontario's only alley art gallery. The indoor gallery is located at the very end of the alley, beside the courtyard. The other "shops" you will see are not really shops at all - they are facades created to make up a little "village". Currently there is a "fleuriste" (flower shop) and a "poissonnerie" (fish shop). In reality these are the back walls of the restaurant next door. The door to the "fleuriste" is not a door at all, and the door to the "poissonnerie" is the back door/delivery to the restaurant. The "lighthouse" and the "buoy", complete with seagull and nest, are there to store and conceal the restaurant's garbage bins and kitchen oil drum. These themed "shops" serve as backdrops for the outdoor art that display in the corresponding themed area.
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CHosein
Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
Came across this ‘Hidden Gem’ so named appropriately. A quaint little side alley off a the beaten path. Reminded me of Quebec City, and more locally, Merrickville, ON.

Full of artisan pieces, representing a variety of local artists, this is a must visit shop and a pleasant find.

With no true gallery sign, the environment maintains a relaxed ambience and comforting vibe, which would only be more welcoming during the warmer months, with a small cafe/bistro outside.

Owners were warm and informative, ensuring a return visit.

Written February 28, 2021
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Don C
Waterloo39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The art is unique and an amazing variety of poetry, sculptures and original artwork. This is a must if you love local artists and one of a kind art pieces. They take the time to explain the art and its creator. A hidden gem.
Written June 22, 2023
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Janina F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
I went to Martello Alley last night for the "Art After Dark" event. What an absolutely UNIQUE and charming discovery! I felt like I had been transported to a little hidden gem of French culture. The Martello Alley Gallery at the back is full of all types of beautiful art at a variety of price ranges. I can't wait to go back, and then have tea and scones next door at the Delightfully Different Tearoom. I recommend it highly!
Written May 27, 2023
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Anita D
Cornwall, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Had a lovely time today in Martello Alley and it’s sister shop nearby. The owners are friendly and welcoming, while the art and objects are lovely, quirky and fun. Was charmed! Definitely worth a visit.
Written March 24, 2021
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TopKlass GM
Playa del Carmen, Mexico36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Interesting place to visit. My wife is an artsy person and we chose to visit this place based on the good reviews. The location is a bit hidde, but looks really nice. The owner was very polite and engaging, so we enjoyed our time there.
Written January 22, 2022
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emma g
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
c’est vraiment unique! David et Wendy sont des âmes gentilles et créatives qui ont créé un espace inspirant à visiter. Perfect for Europe enthusiasts, art lovers, and people of all sorts. Visited with my boyfriend on Thursday afternoon and quickly became the highlight of my week!
Written May 14, 2021
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Catherine H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Solo
What a wonderful hidden treasure! Had a fantastic conversation with David who also gave me a spectacular history lesson regarding the architecture surrounding the stores. Purchased two wonderful booklets as well. Definitely recommend stopping by.
Written May 21, 2020
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Thank you Catherine! It was a pleasure meeting you! You were the first tourist since we reopened! :) Thank you so much! I'm happy you enjoyed your visit to our little store. We look forward to your next visit!
Written May 23, 2020
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Average Joe Traveller
Toronto, Canada238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We parked near this place and made a note to come to it on the way back to the car. We thought it looked nice, but far from knowing what it was we were extremely surprised! It is an amazing art gallery that promotes the local art, and its artist. The owner was extremely friendly. We truly enjoyed our visit. He allowed our dog to come into the art gallery and we really enjoyed our conversation. Amazing customer service! We were so impressed. You can take pictures of all the art, and the awesome location. Excellent idea, this is a must do when you visit Kingston! Thanks for the treat!
Written July 4, 2018
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Thanks Daniel! Martello Alley is a refreshingly different experience from the stuffy art gallery and we are very proud of that. Promoting local artists, whether established or emerging, gives us and our visitors a great sense of community. The eclectic art work afforded to our gallery is because of the amazing and diverse talents of multiple artists. Please stop in again and tell your friends about us! Have an artful day.
Written July 5, 2018
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orangeprop
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We just wrapped up a quick off-season visit to Kingston. Without a doubt, Martello Alley was the best "thing to do" in Kingston. Our daughter is the art lover & artist of the family - and she wasn't with us, so we resisted buying until we return with her this summer. The staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. Such a wonderful collection of really fantastic local works. I expect there is something for almost every taste and budget.

On the way out, we ran into the owner that was so proud to show off his journey to create this showcase.

We'll be back this summer for sure!
Written March 11, 2018
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Thanks so much for your great review! We can't wait to meet your artist daughter this summer. It is true, we have great art for every budget and style. We really pride ourselves on our diversity and affordability. Thanks again and tell your friends! Have an artful day.
Written March 13, 2018
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FamilleQuiVoyage3
Ottawa, Canada55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Martello Alley is an alleyway and two rooms that have been redone in order to display art created by local artists. It does not take long to visit, but is well worth the stop on your walk in downtown Kingston. There are a few artists featured, so there is something for every taste (and budget) and you may well find something to add your personal art collection (we certainly did). It reminded us of Quebec City, but on a smaller scale. Highly recommended.
Written July 13, 2016
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Thank you for visiting Martello Alley. I am pleased that you enjoyed it so much. yes, we have been compared to Quebec City, and that's a wonderful compliment. We appreciate your visit, and that you took time to help spread the word. Hope to see you again soon!
Written July 25, 2016
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