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“Wonderful tribute to his wife”

Lady Lever Art Gallery
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Birkenhead
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lady Lever Art Gallery is a real treasure, housing a stunning collection of paintings as well as exquisite furniture, Chinese collections, tapestries, sculpture, Wedgwood and classical antiquities in a beautiful building.There are several rooms, centred around the main hall. The paintings on display include pieces by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Turner, Millais, Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Waterhouse, to name but a few. The gallery also includes a dining room and shop. Admission is free.
Scotland
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232 reviews
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“Wonderful tribute to his wife”
Reviewed 12 July 2013

The Lady Lever Art Gallery was William Hesketh Lever's tribute to his wife after she passed away. It's a stunning building with a wonderful collection of art and artefacts. We were disappointed that a couple of the rooms were closed for re-furbishment, but it means that there's a good excuse to go back again.

Visited June 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • English first
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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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“SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad I went!”
Reviewed 30 June 2013

First visit to Liverpool, so it was a bit of a lottery as to what to see. I am sooo glad we went to Port Sunlight. Even the OH enjoyed it. The village is beautiful-and u can rent some of the houses as holiday homes. The sculptures in the village are amazing-very powerful. The Lady Lever Art Gallery is wonderful-so many surprises- The Scape Goat! Bubbles! Eclectic collection-reminds me of The Burrell Collection in Glasgow. Lord Lever's story is most inspiring-supplying his workers with lovely homes, schooling,social clubs-,futures!; sponsoring 6 children every year for further education. I came away very impressed with the gallery and it's contents-but even more impressed with the man behind the vision.

Visited June 2013
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Sandbach
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“A hidden gem...”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

The Lady Lever Art Gallery was built in 1922 by the Sunlight soap magnate, William Lever, in memory of his late wife. It is located within the Port Sunlight model village that is a living testament to his philanthropic ideals. Our visit was enriched by a well-narrated tour by assistant curator, Lucy Gardner of the work of Victorian, pre-Raphelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones. In addition, the gallery contains many treasures and is an enchanting place to visit.

Food in the restaurant was beautifully prepared,well presented and good value for money.

Admission is free but donations are welcome. (Note: the upper galleries are not accessible to wheel-chairs.)

Visited June 2013
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“Stunning art collection”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

This gallery is user-friendly and wheelchair-accessible with a ramp leading to the basement entrance and a lift to the Main Floor, above. The collection of Pre-Raphaelite works is outstanding and these, along with numerous other paintings, are attractively displayed, well-labelled and well-lit in the Main Hall, which is surrounded by smaller rooms housing more paintings, furniture, sculpture, tapestries and other artefacts - few of which I saw on this visit as some rooms were closed to the public. In contrast to the classicism of the building's exterior and the Main Hall - with a glass-ceilinged rotunda at each end - the Basement cafe has an Arts and Crafts feel with black-timbered white walls. This cafe serves light meals as well as coffee and cakes , there are comfortable settees (with magazines) as well as the usual tables and chairs. Rather amusingly, the toilets are from the penny-in-the-slot era, with the slot mechanism still in place - but obviously refurbished and free. The basement also houses an Activity room for children and a most attractive shop offering a wide range of souvenirs/gifts - from carbolic soap to jewellery - as well as an appealing range of books. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2013
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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“One of the most charming galleries in the country.”
Reviewed 5 June 2013

This gallery is a gem in the beautiful setting of Port Sunlight, which in itself is well worth strolling around. It is welcoming, small in scale so as not to be overwhelming and houses one of the most impressive displays of pre-raphellite art I have seen. The exhibition on Sunlight Soap advertising is fascinating and the sculptures are exquisite, especially Onslow Ford's 'Snowdrift'.

The cafe is reasonably priced with a good selection of snacks and light meals.

In all, well worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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