Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater: Hours, Address, Dimbola Museum & Galleries Reviews: 4/5

Dimbola Museum & Galleries
4
Art Galleries • Historic Sites • History Museums
Read more
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
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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 (currently unavailable) - Isle of Wight Festival displays - FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information. Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Popular mentions

4.0
255 reviews
Excellent
122
Very good
92
Average
20
Poor
6
Terrible
15

Steve Mitch
10 contributions
May 2022
stopped after a long walk on the downs, was very busy, which says a lot, but i found it a little over priced for what you get, but still worth a visit
Written 24 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

knott101
Southampton, UK186 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
What a very interesting museum giving you the history of Julia Cameron and showing her photographs.
Also at the time we went was an exhibition of the late David Bowie album cover and Jimmy Hendrix pictures.
You can also see the history of the promotion leaflets for the IOW Festival. These are very colourful.
Parking is available free to visitors and they also have a rather nice tea rooms
Written 24 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

dragonara2
Honiton, UK347 contributions
Oct 2021
We fond this small museum fascinating and linked up to visits in the past to the Fox Talbot museum at Lacock abbey, Wiltshire. The museum is well laid out with different rooms of different themes, the most modern being Jimmi Hendrix. Staff were helpful. we enjoyed a drink in the adjacent cafe which was good value. Limited parking outside but larger car park closer to the quay.
Written 28 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Colette R
4 contributions
Sep 2021
Super cafe with a long menu, fantastic staff, and a wonderful museum! Will definitely return. It was incredibly busy but the staff worked miracles serving many people with a smile. Loved the museum which was very well curated.
Written 22 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CityBoy50
United Kingdom275 contributions
Aug 2021
I came here to see the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival exhibition because I was there 51 years ago. I soon realised that it's not the main focus of the venue. Just a montage of musician photos and festival posters from 1968 to the present day. There was also a temporary display of photos of Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie.

Fortunately, my wife loved the Julia Cameron photographic exhibition. The concessions admission price of £5.00 was very reasonable. Very friendly staff, who are volunteers. Having read the reviews from last year of the adjacent cafe, I'm pleased to say that we found the food and service to be excellent.
Written 30 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Googly2010
Tonbridge, UK730 contributions
Jun 2021
On the only (very) wet day of our week on the IOW, we found that the short trip to Dimbola allowed us to pass a very pleasant hour learning about Julia Cameron and the early photographic techniques she used. There is an interesting little photo exhibition on the 1970 rock festival plus some nice photos of Bowie. The fashion pics did not do much for this visitor! We didn’t sample the cafe.
Written 18 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cathy H
Brighton, UK196 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We stopped off here while we were walking the Isle of Wight coastal path. Although the sign said they close at 4pm, they refused to serve us a cup of tea at 3.45pm when we arrived. Even a take away. The lady was very rude about it and really couldn’t care less. We were tired and cold and found her attitude quite upsetting.

Luckily, someone who overheard the conversation suggested we try the Piano Cafe further up the road. I’m so glad we did as it’s a great find with welcoming staff and great cakes. Don’t bother with Dimbola, walk the extra 100 yards to the Piano Cafe.
Written 8 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; your feedback is much appreciated. We're extremely sorry to hear that your experience was disappointing on this occasion. We have passed your comments to the tea room manager for review and with the aim of preventing this situation from occurring again. We hope that you will give Dimbola Tea Room another chance in the future.
Written 22 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AriannaHorsham
Horsham, UK3 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Dimbola Lodge is a gorgeous Victorian house which has been expertly restored. The exhibition of Julia Margaret Cameron's work, local artists and her bedroom display is fascinating. They have a great one way system, clear signage and it all felt very safe to visit in the current situation. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. 4 *

The adjacent tearoom was the only thing letting it down. The staff member was abrupt and unclear about the covid restrictions. It was not made clear what the process was, where to sit, who should order, then shrieked when customers asked a question. All windows and doors were wide open, which would have made sense in summer, but on a wet and chilly day in September it made the experience unpleasant and cold. 2*

Would definitely recommend the house and the exhibition - the cafe needs work.
Written 23 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. The feedback is much appreciated. It's really good to hear how much you enjoyed your visit to the museum, but very disappointing that your tea room experience didn't match it, for which we apologise. The tea room is under new management since your visit so we sincerely hope that your next experience will be a much more enjoyable one.
Written 22 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

joan365
Cambridge, UK14 contributions
Sep 2020
We visited Dimbola cafe on Monday 7 September. Having been visiting the cafe over the years and noted it was under new management. Alas very disappointed. I ordered a cheese and tomato sandwich; my husband ham. When the sandwiches turned up they were so unappetising that I couldn't believe a child hadn't prepared them. Loads of cheese in mine but only part grated, large lumps of cheese. No discernible butter so said cheese fell out of sandwich when picked up. Could barely discern the tomato and the accompanying salad was not worth mentioning. Three crisps. All on a plate far too small (the waitress brought another plate to help). The bread doorstop brown. My husband's sandwich similarly unappetising. I ate the middle bits of the sandwich as starving and my husband choked his down. We did not want a refund but rather an acknowledgement not up to previous standards but waitress nowhere to be seen for some time so we left. Not visiting ever again. The impression: no care
Written 10 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; your feedback is much appreciated. We're extremely sorry to hear that your experience was disappointing on this occasion and we sincerely apologise. The tea room manager changed again recently so we hope that you will decide to give Dimbola Tea Room another chance in the future.
Written 22 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

butt0n123
Nottingham, UK56 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Booked a table for 3 adults for 1pm, arrived on time and was told table was ready, clean tables and nicely decorated inside, young girl came over and took my details for track and trace, was then asked what would we like to order but no menu was given only a board near the front entrance, then was asked to place order at the counter, order placed and was told 30 min wait but they were only doing sandwiches toasties and panini so unsure why they had such a wait but never mind, well 40 mins had past and no coffees and no paninis
All the staff were asking every time they came out with food is this your dinner is this your coffee to most tables!? Have they not herd of table numbers ?
So our hot chocolate cake along with coffees which were all cold as they had walked round with them trying to find out who they belonged to
So asked for another set of drinks, by this time we still hadn’t had any food! I had taken my grandad ot for the first time in 8 months and this service was terrible it was no longer special!
So 1 hour later someone came to the table is this your lunch I said not ordered toasties we ordered panini sorry so they sent it back 10 mins later I went to complain that it should not take over an hour to make a few sandwich like meals and if they couldn’t cope with the covers then they should limit the amount of people on each siting
So the waitress was cleaning another table listening in to our conversation as I was saying I wander if they had forgotten us as this was now getting beyond the joke she replied very rudely we haven’t forgotten we are busy and short staffed if Boris wants us to do this you have to wait !! They only had a limited menu of sandwiches I would hate to think what it’s like when they have a larger menu
So our second lot of drinks came and then the panini but this still wasn’t right as the presentation was rubbish so much mustard on the ham panini nearly burnt my grandads throat out, ours were cold as they hadn’t melted the cheese and Tomato a time the same time just put the tomato on after !
Some other people had also come in and gone out whilst we were there and one family said forget the cake and coffee we aren’t waiting anymore I don’t blame them to be honest
So we are our rubbish lunch and then went, the only good thing was that I expressed this complaint and had a refund as they were not surprised but if this is the way they run this place I don’t expect it to be there over the winter of next year if they have attitudes and continue to this this sham of a business like this then good luck to them, I certainly won’t be returning nor will the people who walked out before we had
This should be a lovely place as it’s in the right spot from walking off tenison for a coffee and cake but not if you want to wait 2 hours for a cold coffee and crap sarnie and cake you could make your own Victoria sponge in that time
To sum up : very rude staff rubbish menu/food, no organisation and no idea how to run a business or small cafe
Written 29 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a detailed review of your experience in the tea room. We appreciate the feedback and sincerely apologise for everything that went wrong on this occasion. Although I can unfortunately offer you no explanation for your poor experience, I can tell you that a new manager is now in place since your visit. I do hope that you will decide to give the tea room another chance in the future.
Written 22 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 253
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Dimbola Museum & Galleries is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00