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Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

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Address: Watts Gallery Down Lane, Guildford GU3 1DQ, England
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+44 1483 810235
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11:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem nestled...

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills. Discover Victorian paintings and sculpture in the historic Watts Gallery before treating yourself to lunch or a cream tea in the Tea Shop. Stroll to the nearby Grade-I listed Watts Chapel, taking in the beautiful woodlands and grounds, or find out more about the lives of our founders G F and Mary Watts on a tour of the artists' home, Limnerslease. Finally, discover art for sale in the Watts Contemporary exhibition in the Pottery Building along with a wide selection of gifts, books and homewares in the Shop.

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I hate to say "hidden gem", but it is

Living only 15 miles or so away from the village of Compton, I'm ashamed to say that I'd never heard of this gallery and complex. Everybody I've since mentioned it to has... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Living only 15 miles or so away from the village of Compton, I'm ashamed to say that I'd never heard of this gallery and complex. Everybody I've since mentioned it to has confirmed that they know it well, go there regularly, and think it is wonderful. Well, my wife and I would have to agree. We visited it with two... More 

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This really is a hidden gem. The gallery is well laid out and the info cards useful. The guides are knowledgable and friendly. The short walk to the chapel takes you along a narrow road and cars seem to ignore the slow signs so watch out! It is very much worth the walk though as the chapel is impressive. Walking... More 

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Thank Catan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This most unusual attraction encompasses sculpture and art with tea-rooms. The original Watts gallery has been converted. The choice of pastries and cakes is excellent, as is the coffee. Go for the scones and cream.

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Thank Russell J
Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Completely renovated Gallery and recently opened original G F Watts studio makes this art gallery a great place to visit. Don't miss the Watts chapel or the great tea rooms. Allow at least 2.5hrs for a full visit.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We called in at the gallery cafe whilst out on a walk from Putenham. The cafe was very busy and no wonder, our food was deicious. A tad pricey but well wrth it.

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Thank pjthants
Woking, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I called in at Watts Gallery for coffee and cake with my sister. The slice of courgette, lemon and poppyseed cake was very good, as was the cappuccino, but the coffee was not large and the combined price of £6.50 was rather high. Nevertheless, nice surroundings and quirky, mismatched crockery add something to the cafe.

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Windlesham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Sunday morning, the daffodils were out and it was a lovely little walk up to the gallery, didn't know what to,expect and were pleasantly surprised a new gallery space only a year old, a very informative audio and film.some amazing art and sculptures.Dont go expecting the RA or Tate ! But it's a beautiful space in a... More 

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Lecce, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was told that 4 hours was right to plan for the visit - I spent 6! A beautiful insight into the Watts' family life and work and a step back into the world of Arts and Crafts and the pre-Raphaelite movement. There is also a small, typically English rural restaurant, with good food

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

You need to spend time here at this lovely gallery, for there is much more to see than you first think. The artwork covers all tastes, and the sculptures blew my mind away! I try and visit every time I am in the area.... it brings me enormous pleasure and great peace

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Thank suzyds
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Primarily we went to see a temporary exhibition of paintings by various famous artists that had been loaned anonymously by their owners. The descriptions of why the owner of each picture had wanted to possess each picture (and their views on the subject matter and style) were both very personal and intriguing. to the intrigue. We had read that there... More 

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