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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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A Jewel of a Museum

The museum was the art studio and home of Victorian artist Frederic Leighton (1830-1896). From the... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2015
DigitalRabbit
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Los Gatos, California
Unique house - well worth a visit

I took a small party to visit Leighton House on a Sunday afternoon. Entrance is £5 for... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2015
MrsSaunders
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London UK
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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 the United Kingdom, 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
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Reviewed 6 December 2015

The museum was the art studio and home of Victorian artist Frederic Leighton (1830-1896). From the outside it looks like a stately English manor, but as soon as you step into the first floor hall you will feel as if you’ve walked from England to...More

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Reviewed 29 November 2015

I took a small party to visit Leighton House on a Sunday afternoon. Entrance is £5 for concessions, or fee to Art Fund members (half-price for NT members). We were in time for the free guided tour, which was one of the best I have...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2015

I visited Leighton House Museum in October 2015 with my cousin visiting from Scotland. Neither of us had been before so we really didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. This was the house of the Victorian artist Lord Leighton which appears to...More

Thank Kstan57
Reviewed 2 November 2015

Set in a quiet street in Holland Park this gem offers a tranquil retreat for art and architecture and history lovers. Fascinating interiors and paintings including some well known artists. No cafe tho'!

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Reviewed 23 October 2015 via mobile

Who'd have thought that such an esoteric place would be tucked away in the leafy residential streets by Holland Park. Former home of a famous Victorian artist with a love for all things Middle Eastern. Totally worth a visit for the 'Arab Hall' alone, although...More

Thank Bryophyta
Reviewed 22 October 2015

Great to visit a Holland Park Villa & see beautiful paintings & mosaics. Lovely artists studio with views over the garden. Thought the Quraishi "The Guardians" photos were very special.

Thank ChelseaLass
Reviewed 19 October 2015

Tucked away in a rather select area where you really wouldn't expect to find a museum. We visited this venue as a follow up from a previous visit to 18 Stafford Terrace. A great deal of what is on show is actually a restoration, but...More

Thank Wheresmebus
Reviewed 18 October 2015

This museum was the home of Lord Frederic Leighton who was an artist and a great collector, particularly of Middle Eastern treasures. The most amazing thing about the house is his collection of Iznik glazed tiles which adorn the Arab Hall.The Arab Hall is simply...More

Thank Bevoise
Reviewed 16 October 2015

I visited in the evening for a corporate event. Located just off Ken High Street - I had no idea this place existed. Rather unusual, quirky even, but absolutely worth a visit. I was a little rushed but will return for a more leisurely look...More

Thank jw6969
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Artist Frederick Leighton was a successful, Victorian era painter, President of the Royal Academy, world traveler and collector. But he is probably not well-known to many today. A visit to his house in Kensington will fix this. The house presents a rather bland facade but...More

1  Thank Beth T
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Bella M
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YEs , it is open on Fridays. well worth a visit
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Carolyn M
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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
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RegGiovanna
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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.
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