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“Amazingly atmospheric.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
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City Sightseeing Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #3 of 67 things to do in Bournemouth
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Owner description: Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built.
Newhaven, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Amazingly atmospheric.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

It's almost as though the Russell-Cotes have gone out and left you the keys.With little able to be changed or wished to be changed because of the listed status, it's almost as they would have had it one hundred years ago. Mostly a mix of Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelite, this is a joy to visit.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Extraordinary House and Interior with excellent cafe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Had no idea what to expect. In fact we had lunch in the cafe before exploring the house. Such a contrast between the modern cafe (excellent fresh food and friendly service) and the almost eccentric collections in the house. Blinds down to preserve the exhibits gave the rooms a feeling of mystery and historical perspective as one explored the rooms and admired the pieces collected by one couple from across the world.
A must to visit!

Visited May 2014
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Love love love”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

You have to visit - closed on a Monday too good to miss and great cafe free in winter months only charges entry in summer

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Marvellous paintings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

Entrance was £5 per adult which was just about right. The actual house is accessed by lift from the 2nd floor. What is good is that the actual house design is interesting in itself as well as the paintings hung on the walls and other sculptures doted about. Amazing that Merton Russell-Coates built the house for his wife Annie out of his love and affection for her! A nice modern gallery style cafeteria awaits you after your house visit and a small shop on the ground floor. Recommended.

Visited May 2014
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United Kingdom
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“Overpriced”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

We had previously been to visit this house and were passing so decided to pop in again. The last time we visited it was free but the council have now decided to charge £5 per person, so we promptly turned around and went somewhere else. This house was a gift to the local authority who seem to just want to turn it into a cash cow as the place is even more dilapidated than last time and the only change we could see since our last visit was a huge amount spent on introducing charging measures - a posh cash collecting reception, a coffee shop and souvenir shop. If they were to spend that same amount on the building itself it wouldn't be in the terrible state they have allowed it to get into. We believe all museums should be have free entry as they are part of our heritage, not corporate cash generators.

Visited May 2014
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