Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Compton Verney exists to connect people with art, nature and creativity. An award-winning gallery, based in a Grade I-listed Georgian mansion amidst 120 acres of Grade II-listed Lancelot 'Capability' Brown parkland in Warwickshire, Compton Verney has six permanent collections (Naples, Northern European Art 1450-1650, British Portraits, Chinese, British Folk Art & The Marx-Lambert Collection) and a schedule of thought-provoking changing exhibitions and events both outdoors and in. It is an accredited museum, and a registered charity.
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  • David S
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great cultural visit
    Although Compton Verney is very adept at welcoming families, it is in essence a fabulous art gallery. So families with children probably need to anticipate collage making or colour matching as activities. Adults have much to anticipate, with special exhibitions (currently with Quentin Blake sketches) , portraits and Neapolitan themed paintings. The Grade 1 house was saved for the nation by the Littlewood family. They bought the house derelict and have poured in £20m to bring the building to the high standard it is today. Parking, catering and toilets are all of the highest level one could expect. There is the Capability Brown parkland to stroll in or to run off a tasty lunch. We took the highlights of the collection tour and received a wonderful insight from an excellent guide. We can safely recommend this visit for art lovers of all ages!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Lynn A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful day out
    Compton Verney is a first-class gallery set in magnificent grounds. We were particularly interested in the Audubon exhibition, and we had an excellent guided tour. The permanent collections are also immensely impressive, from Chinese bronzes dating from 1500 BC to a nationally significant display of Neapolitan art. The latter is complete with interactive sounds and even smells! The staff were equally wonderful, welcoming, enthusiastic and well informed. There was also an exhibition of Quentin Blake’s art and every effort had been made to ensure that it was child friendly. A most enjoyable day out.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Tourists3
    United Kingdom73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Audubon exhibition & talk well worth a visit
    Visited Compton Verney a few days ago & enjoyed the art collection (great Audubon exhibition & talk at 11 am I think by Liz) The only reason this isn't a 5 star review was because of the food in the cafe. We don't mind a high price if the food & drink is great but the cake was stale & a very small portion of soup plus the bread was dry. Its a shame, will happily return but take a picnic next time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • David W
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely day out.
    We came for the two excellent temporary exhibitions. We were lucky to catch the 11.30 Audubon lecture, which was in depth and knowledgeable. The Quentin Blake was very good too. We always like to walk from the carpark and the park and lake looked lovely. The cafe was very busy and the food is expensive, which is sad, but I fear it's a feature of the inflation we are unfortunately passing through. My sandwich was good with fresh sourdough and the service was friendly and good. The ladies loos do need some attention. The staff and room attendants were knowledgeable and able and willing to interpret the exhibits. Thanks to all!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Vintagelouisa
    Paris, France4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Costly entries
    Enjoyable as ever.. but new admission rates make this very expensive! We loved the gurst pssses we used to have with our membership. Now a visit with son and family was extremely dear. Cafe was crowded and suffering from odd system of queing to order and then waiting at table. Go back to self service I suggest!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • sbjkelly
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unmitigated delight
    I have long wanted to visit Compton Verney and, finding myself in Warwickshire with half a day to spare, wasted no time in going. The parkland is beautiful -- typical Capability Brown, complete with lake. The house is charming. I was particularly delighted with the permanent exhibition of Folk Art on the top floor and the Chinese galleries beneath it. The café is excellent and the volunteers all helpful and friendly. I hope to visit again one day as there is an ever-changing array of temporary exhibitions: currently Quentin Blake and Audubon's Birds of America.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • 1Jamel
    Bristol, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First rate gallery and grounds
    What a pleasure to return again to Compton Verney after the Covid ‘gap’, for my second visit. The magnificent vista of the house and the enormous cedars in front, as you arrive, are unforgettable. We felt entrance price was reasonable for access to the special exhibitions and the six galleries. With the Art Fund card .. a good price. The Chance to see the Audubon exhibition and the Quentin Blake in addition to the Chinese collection and the Folk art was in the end , more than we could really do justice to in the time. We really didn’t even spend the time we hoped in the Capability Brown gardens. The cafe provided excellent food, not cheap but quality and filling. What a good set of staff and volunteers, not only in the cafe. We had the benefit of the guided tour with Liz for an hour to introduce us, would recommend. We briefly were introduced to parts of the range on offer, including 2 Canelettos.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Tor W
    Welford on Avon, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature, art & heart warming food
    Simply had the best time exploring the art, walking through the grounds & feasting at the cafe with my cousins and aunt. The Cafe was a real winner. We all warmed up on arrival with perfect festive hot chocolates - there was a wonderful selection. It was Black Forest for me. Loved the interactive collection, Sensing Naples. The smells and sounds really take the exhibition to a higher level. Refuelled at the cafe with a delicious filling lunch. Loved the menu. Could have devoured everything on it. They even offered Worcestershire sauce with the tomato juice. Superb friendly service. Top nosh! I highly recommend it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Josepha M
    158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many varied exhibits
    I was impressed by our first view of the gallery in a classical building set in a park with statues. The building is large and contained several exhibitions of great variety. We started with the fascinating folk art at the top of the building. Then we viewed a stunning temporary exhibition of Landscape covering several centuries. This was followed by a display of chinese bronzes. There was more to come : a very strange modern exhibition and finally old masters including the famous Lamentation altarpiece. As there is so much to see and it is so varied I would suggest a break in the cafe for coffee and cake during your visit. The room explainers were all very helpful and enthusiastic.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I was impressed by our first view of the gallery in a classical building set in a park with statues. The building is large and contained several exhibitions of great variety. We started with the fascinating folk art at the top of the building. Then we viewed a stunning temporary exhibition of Landscape covering several centuries. This was followed by a display of chinese bronzes. There was more to come : a very strange modern exhibition and finally old masters including the famous Lamentation altarpiece. As there is so much to see and it is so varied I would suggest a break in the cafe for coffee and cake during your visit. The room explainers were all very helpful and enthusiastic.
Written 6 April 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The Print Fair at Compton Verney

I visited the annual Print Fair at Compton Verney in Warwickshire. It was a great experience.

I really enjoyed that all the works on display were so different to each other, some artists used digital art, other collage, one artist used cyanotype printing method which was interesting as I had already experimented with this technique. Other artists used wood blocks or lino carving. Some art was very small and detailed and others were larger, colourful some were simple but very effective.

Each artist had their own little gallery / stall and I could view the work on display while talking directly to the artist who created it. It was really great to be able to ask questions about their art, how they made it, what techniques they used. Some of the artists showed me their tools and were happy to talk about their printmaking methods and materials they use.

I enjoyed that I could walk around at my own pace spending time looking at the art that I found most interesting and all of the artists were very happy to talk with me about their art. It was good that the art was relatively affordable, but even though i couldn’t afford the larger artworks I could still purchase a greetings card size original print.

I particularly liked Andy Walkers work. He is a digital artists using Procreate to make landscapes and seascapes that appear photographic from a distance but are actually made up of thousands of colourful triangles, Andy kindly showed me how he makes his art using an iPad and showed me a piece he was in the middle of making.

I also liked the work of Ellie Cliflands. Her wood caving prints are so small but incredible detailed that she had a magnifying glass on her stand so that you could really see the detail in her artwork. She also had a step by step guide which liked to an instagram reel to show a video of the process. Her work is all in black and white which means she can make multiple prints from her block carvings and they are very striking.

I found the work of Jon Mackay really interesting. He uses silk screen printing to make his landscapes - they have a few layers of natural, tonal colours that are quite atmospheric.

I also liked the simplicity of the bird prints by Liz Toole and also Sarah Cemmick.

The whole afternoon I found very inspiring. There were techniques that I was keen to try out myself and as it’s an annual event at Compton Verney I would definitely like to go back next year.
Written 18 March 2024
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Overall, Compton Verney’s grounds appear to be in a state of disrepair and lacking in taste. As a local resident, I've been disappointed by the poor maintenance. The entrance is cluttered with neglected tents and cheap lights have been installed along the driveway. The recent light display was seen as an energy-wasting eyesore, especially considering the organization's focus on sustainability. The columns of the house have been covered in unattractive colored wrap, and the addition of 5 advertising flag poles is a visual blight on the otherwise beautiful rural landscape. Capability Brown would likely be dismayed by these recent changes.
Written 15 March 2024
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Steve Green
Cheltenham, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
An outstanding gallery with interest for everyone. Good cafe facilities and walks around the impressive lake. The Spectacle of Light event was outstandingly brilliant too.
Recommend.
Written 29 January 2024
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Tor W
Welford on Avon, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Simply had the best time exploring the art, walking through the grounds & feasting at the cafe with my cousins and aunt.

The Cafe was a real winner. We all warmed up on arrival with perfect festive hot chocolates - there was a wonderful selection. It was Black Forest for me.

Loved the interactive collection, Sensing Naples. The smells and sounds really take the exhibition to a higher level.

Refuelled at the cafe with a delicious filling lunch. Loved the menu. Could have devoured everything on it. They even offered Worcestershire sauce with the tomato juice. Superb friendly service.

Top nosh!

I highly recommend it.
Written 18 December 2023
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It’s a nice art gallery set in beautiful countryside. We come a few times a year.

We tried to have lunch. We placed our order and paid. We were told there was a wait. 55 minutes later nothing had happened. Our food orders were lost. We got a refund. Lots of other people had the same problem. We were told the kitchen was short staffed and in a muddle.

The staff were very kind and apologetic but basically don’t count on getting a meal here because it may simply not happen. Bring your own sandwiches and a flask of tea.

This kind of thing is simply ridiculous. If they cannot run the café properly they should shut it down.
Written 17 November 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
FAB CUSTOMER SERVICE! I completely forgot to write a review for this wonderful place ! I went to Luminate the past 2 years in a row (will be booking for this Xmas too!)
The first year I went I was not long out of hospital after becoming very very very poorly with sepsis and a million other things. I was determined to see the lights and the wonderful people at compton verney helped me make it happen! I was still waiting on a wheelchair from occupational health but I spoke to customer service and they arranged for me to use one of theirs, and they were so lovely and kind when we arrived as well (I was worrying that when people saw me walk a few steps they would judge me over using a chair because it was all very new for me!) luminate at compton verney was my first proper outing after leaving hospital so it was a big deal for me and they really helped me access it all and I had a wonderful time! The next year I went again AND THIS TIME I COULD WALK (just about haha! I went to sleep straight after as it is a big walk round but so worth it!) this year I will go again and hopefully I’ll be a bit quicker and less tired! It’s a tradition for my partner and I now, and I’m looking forward to seeing the beautiful lights this year, which will remind me how far I’ve come in my recovery too! Thank you to the lovely staff at Compton verney - if you hadn’t have been so accommodating on that first visit I doubt I would have had the confidence to venture out to other places too! 5 million stars to you x
Written 2 November 2023
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Trixee2015
Leamington Spa, UK
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We went to see the exhibition History in the Making: Stories of Materials and Makers. There were some stunning artefacts from Woburn Abbey and some fantastic contemporary pieces but the main problem was the positioning of the information panels many of which were very low. I found it difficult to keep squatting down to read the lower panels and after a while just switched off - it was too much of an effort. I would have enjoyed this exhibition much more if the information had been positioned at a better height. If this is what Compton Verney are going to do in future then I will not want to visit future exhibitions.

Additionally, I thought the selection of cake in the cafe was poor. It being 31st October, both half term and Halloween, it seemed as though the cakes on offer were more aimed at children e.g. little monster cakes. There is also a system whereby you have to decide which table you are going to sit at then go up to the counter to order for them to deliver the food to you. However, if you can't leave anything at your chosen table to reserve it someone else can come along and decide they want that table, which is exactly what happened.

Compton Verney is a beautiful venue and very often the exhibitions are excellent but this visit proved to be very disappointing.
Written 29 October 2023
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1Jamel
Bristol, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
What a pleasure to return again to Compton Verney after the Covid ‘gap’, for my second visit. The magnificent vista of the house and the enormous cedars in front, as you arrive, are unforgettable.
We felt entrance price was reasonable for access to the special exhibitions and the six galleries. With the Art Fund card .. a good price. The Chance to see the Audubon exhibition and the Quentin Blake in addition to the Chinese collection and the Folk art was in the end , more than we could really do justice to in the time. We really didn’t even spend the time we hoped in the Capability Brown gardens.
The cafe provided excellent food, not cheap but quality and filling. What a good set of staff and volunteers, not only in the cafe. We had the benefit of the guided tour with Liz for an hour to introduce us, would recommend. We briefly were introduced to parts of the range on offer, including 2 Canelettos.
Written 14 September 2023
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sbjkelly
london, England
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I have long wanted to visit Compton Verney and, finding myself in Warwickshire with half a day to spare, wasted no time in going. The parkland is beautiful -- typical Capability Brown, complete with lake. The house is charming. I was particularly delighted with the permanent exhibition of Folk Art on the top floor and the Chinese galleries beneath it. The café is excellent and the volunteers all helpful and friendly.

I hope to visit again one day as there is an ever-changing array of temporary exhibitions: currently Quentin Blake and Audubon's Birds of America.
Written 27 August 2023
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