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“ohhh dear!!!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Royal Victoria Arcade

The Royal Victoria Arcade
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“ohhh dear!!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013

this used to be a charming little arcade... what went wrong? need of some TLC i think!!! good little shops but feels so antiquated

Visited March 2013
Thank Max H
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Ventnor, United Kingdom
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“A delightful late Georgian shopping arcade”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

Named after the Princess Victoria shortly before she became Queen, this little arcade was designed by a London architect in the mid eighteen-thirties when Ryde was becoming a fashionable seaside town. By 2009, however, when the Historic Ryde Society was formed to celebrate the Arcade's one hundred and seventy-fifth birthday, it was falling into disrepair. The Society was looking for somewhere to house a heritage centre and were offered the basement of the Arcade which had housed a flea market. They received heritage grants and donations with which to renovate the Arcade and in just a few years they have transformed it.

They started with the Rotunda ceiling, commissioning twelve local artists to each paint a female figure to represent one of the months of the year. These were in the style of figures found in an early sketch of the rotunda. I love these paintings of highly individual and beautiful women. Below them, in place of the original fountain, there is a wooden sculpture of two uplifted hands, their fingertips supporting a bronze discus. It was carved by a well-known Island wood sculptor to commemorate the World Island Games hosted recently by the Isle of Wight. Around the base of the plinth there are wrought-iron benches.

The Arcade consists of a central walkway, known as a Victorian Lane, lined with boutiques selling a variety of goods, from outdoor clothing to war memorabilia .There is also a cafe. The museum in the basement has hundreds of items on display which represent aspects of everyday life in the town's history. There is also a photographic archive and a collection of films. I watched a very informative film about the development of the hovercraft on the Isle of Wight in the mid twentieth century. There is a small entrance charge to the museum, which is run by volunteers..

A historic building to treasure, you will find it halfway down the hill in Union Street, in Ryde's town centre. Entry to the Arcade is free of charge, so why not go and browse?

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Maggie N
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