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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: Promenade East Cliff | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
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+44 1202 451858
10:00 - 17:00
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Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife...

Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built.

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A beautiful collection with a great history.

This wasn't on our to-do list but so glad we found out about the Russell-Cotes House. This is such a stunning house and gardens and has equally stunning views. The story of the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This wasn't on our to-do list but so glad we found out about the Russell-Cotes House. This is such a stunning house and gardens and has equally stunning views. The story of the Russell-Cotes family is so interesting and their collection spectacular. It's so great to see original period features throughout the house and art collected from across the globe.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited here on Sunday. Lovely warm welcome. Fantastic museum fabulous collections from around the world. The gardens were delightful.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walking the cliff area on a windy cold day, we "happened by" this house and gardens, and all I can say, we were stunned! by the sheer beauty of the contents of this very imposing and very unusual house, looking like it belonged to some old movie set. Words are not adequate to describe the huge collection of items paintings,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the former home of two wealthy collectors.The house and contents were bequeathed to Bournemouth by the owners who had been hoteliers. This is well worth a visit to see a Victorian/Edwardian architecture and the house packed full of paintings and artefacts.This is an unforgettable place full of so many works of art.....not a restful home. There is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my first visit to the Russell-Cotes Museum since its recent refurbishment. A new entrance on the sea side had been built, making it much safer that the old one on the town side and this brought the visitor in at the servants' level, instead of ground level. The property was built specially for the owners and they moved... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

How can 12 people say this is terrible ? What a beautiful place this is, £6 to get in, what a snip, one has to watch the film when you arrive to fully understand the family history as this explains everything about the travels they both made together. Good quality good for sale in the shop when you enter and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful house and art gallery. Contains wonderful Pre-Raphaelite paintings, sumptuous decor, Arts and Crafts stained glass and a Moorish alcove. Staff very welcoming and go out of their way to be helpful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked to the East Cliff and saw this beautiful house and although we've holidayed in Bournemouth many times, hadn't noticed this building before. So glad we visited, its a fascinating building and an amazing, haunting story about Merton Russell Cotes and his wife Annie. We enjoyed a couple of hours inside the house trying to take in all the quirky,... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating collection of works of art, some by very famous artists and sculptors and very interesting building with lots of history.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended a business function at the Russell Cotes Museum and I am embarrassed to admit it was my first visit! I still cant understand how I have never visited it before but am pleased to have been educated now! if you are visiting Bournemouth please put it at the top of your list. It is very well presented and is... More 

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