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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
+44 20 7602 3316
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Excellent Alma-Tadema exhibition - but go for the building too!

Leighton House Museum, former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, is an amazing... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Exquisite Art & House

I had never visited Leighton House before and enjoyed every moment, from walking in to the very... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in London, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.
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12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
Kensington and Hyde Park
+44 20 7602 3316
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Leighton House Museum, former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, is an amazing building. Apparently, it is the only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom - and well worth a visit for that reason alone. However, if you want...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I had never visited Leighton House before and enjoyed every moment, from walking in to the very first area after paying to get in. The artwork was mesmerising and each room was a vision. Nothing more to say except that it is a magical gem...More

1  Thank Joanna K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Well, this wild mix of arts and archiceture styles needs to be seen. Don´t expect the classic mega-museum fare, but deep atmosphere in beautiful South Kensington

Thank Eric M
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We wanted to visit this museum because of the Alma-Tadema exhibition He is one of my favourite artists and I was excited to be able to see his work for real rather than just in books. The interior of the Leighton House is very dark...More

1  Thank Sue O
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Leighton House was the home and studio of the painter Frederic Leighton (1830-1896). In 1864, he leased the house in Holland Park Road from Lady Holland. With the help of the architect George Aitchison (1825-1910) he modified it, and was able to occupy it in...More

1  Thank barklyeast
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

We went to see the Alma-Tadema exhibition but it doesn't matter what's on, the star of the show is the house itself. Beautiful interiors. This is a gem. There is also a wee coffee shop in the back garden.

Thank Charles J
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Many years ago I lived up the street from Leighton House on Abbotsbury Road. Back then, the admission fee was minimal and I would visit occasionally, particularly to sit in the sublime Arab Hall with its mesmerizing blue-turquoise tiles and softly burbling fountain. That feature...More

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you very much for making the time to write a review about your experience at Leighton House Museum. It is lovely to hear that that you have known the Museum for over 20 years and you are a regular visitor. I would like to...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017

This house would be easy to miss from the outside but once you step inside, wow, back in time to a stunning interior and an artists vision. The Arab room is beautiful, full of colour and detail and glad they have water going on the...More

1  Thank Melanie K
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This house is unlike anything you have ever seen. No matter how many times I visit I am always captivated by the very essence of the place. The artistry and imagination that went into the design of the house is beyond belief.The present exhibition is...More

Thank brenda s
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Down a side street -take your phone/a map to guide you, but still relatively easy to find. There are often art exhibitions here, the ambience is suited to that of a small gallery. The arabic room with its mosaics, wooden frames and fountain is a...More

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Bella M
13 July 2017|
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Response from Pollyp2301 | Reviewed this property |
YEs , it is open on Fridays. well worth a visit
Carolyn M
13 September 2016|
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Response from shoogslondon | Reviewed this property |
Although it's not a National Trust property, they offer a reduction to National Trust members. As a NT member, it cost me £3.50. I can't remember the full price. I think it was either £5 or £7
19 March 2016|
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Response from Doramy B | Reviewed this property |
Agree with other visitors 40 mins to 1 hour. You can sit at many places. Really enjoyable experience.