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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Informative and a good cafe

Aside from a very informative photography museum, the cafe which we visited this time was... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2019
nickrashtead
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Ashtead
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A MUST FOR ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS

An enigmatic portrayal of pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's life and times, complete... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2018
Mike S
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Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work - Vintage cameras - Programme of changing exhibitions - Victorian dressing-up room - Isle of Wight...more
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Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
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Reviewed yesterday

It was suggested to us that visit to the museum would be interesting, Well that was certainly an understatement. There were several elements to the Museum, the main one being the history of Julia Margaret Cameron. one of the, if not the first female photographer....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again.

Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

Aside from a very informative photography museum, the cafe which we visited this time was excellent. The food is home cooked and very good value and a nice way to spend an hour away from the other eating places in the Bay which are not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nickrashtead
Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2019

Thank you very much for leaving us such a nice review. We really appreciate it and hope you'll visit us again soon.

Reviewed 25 November 2018

An enigmatic portrayal of pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's life and times, complete with some of her extraordinary work and a small collection of cameras from Victorian times to the 20th century. The building also houses a small exhibition of the Isle of Wight Festival...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mike S
Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to do so.

Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

Lovely little tearoom, waitress by name of 'lydia' was very polite and helpful, great knowledge of area too. Can't say the same for other waitress who spent whole time staring down at her phone in back of kitchen. Regardless, great tea and great cake!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jbunch76
Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tea and cake and will pass on your other comments to the tearoom staff.

Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely selection of hot paninis followed by delicious tea & cake. Great staff, very helpful & dog friendly! Definitely check it out if you’re in Freshwater

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mairiv2013
Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Love this place, gift shop museum and quaint tea room Good cakes and lunches Views to the sea If you have an interest in photography plenty of old original Victorian cameras on show Julia Cameron the Victorian pioneer photographer lived here from 1860-1875 A must...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lynne037
Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review! We really appreciate you taking the time to do so.

Reviewed 22 September 2018

I visited Dimbola mainly to see the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition, which is brilliant, but there is also the IOW 1970 festival exhibition too - and I was there! Took me right back

Date of experience: September 2018
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Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a lovely view. It is greatly appreciated.

Reviewed 4 September 2018

This was the one time home of the famous Victorian photographer Julia Cameron and much of her work is displayed here. I enjoyed seeing her work and found the information on the interconnections between the members of the Freshwater circle fascinating. There is also a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ES1211
Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback and hope to see you again.

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

'Luckily' it was pouring with rain over the Bank holiday Sunday and we needed somewhere indoors to visit. I've always loved the pioneering work of Julia Margaret Cameron and have been to many of exhibitions of her work in London. This visit to her house...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review! We're pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again.

Reviewed 28 August 2018

A real hidden gem, it was pouring with rain and we got the local island bus to visit this wonderful museum, the kind driver dropped us outside. Once inside what a wonderful surprise, it is packed with interesting items, from the Stunning portrait photographs from...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Dimbola_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review! So pleased we were able to provide you with the perfect activity on a wet day in August. Hope you'll visit us again.

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Response from Roddy M | Reviewed this property |
If you fall into the magic of Dimbola Lodge and Julia Margaret Cameron's work and life, give yourself a few hours at the Lodge. I also spent a few hours walking around Freshwater Bay, and on the beautiful beach. I then took... More
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Response from Debbie S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Dimbola is open all through the year, but not on Mondays. :-)
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