Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery was originally designed as a opulent house by architect John Carr of York in 1759 for Colonel George Wilson of Dallam Tower. Recognised as Kendal’s finest building, it was lived in by a succession of different families over the next century.  It was purchased by the Kendal Corporation in 1896 for £3,750.

Together with the Castle and the Parish Church, Abbot Hall was the only Grade I listed building in Kendal. By the 1950s it was almost derelict and threatened with demolition until a group of local people formed a charitable trust and raised money to save it.  It opened as a public art gallery in 1962.

Today Kendal’s finest historic house is an award winning art gallery.  Our exhibitions showcase a variety of works by a wealth of international artists. The Georgian period rooms allow you to glimpse what life was like in another time and provide views of the River Kent and Kendal Castle.



Open Mon – Sat 10.30am – 5pm (4pm Nov – Feb).
Open Sundays July & Aug, 12 – 4pm

DIRECTIONS: From Kendal town centre, pass the parish church, on your right, then take the first right into the public car park signed ‘Abbot Hall’. Pass through the gate at the end of the South Lakeland District Council car park (Peppercorn Lane) into the Abbot Hall car park.

Address: Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL Tel: 01539 722464  Website:

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