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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russell-Cotes art gallery and museum - exterior

About

Welcome to the Russell-Cotes: House Gallery Garden – One of the most fascinating historic houses in England. The Russell-Cotes was the home of two Victorian collectors and travel enthusiasts, Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes.

There is a regular programme of exhibitions featuring both art and artefacts from the Russell-Cotes own extensive collections, and talks, tours and events take place throughout the year. See the website for full details, visit russellcotes.com.

For many years I had it in mind that someday I would build a house after my own heart, as an offering of love and affection to my wife.
Merton Russell-Cotes

In 1901, Merton gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea. It was an extraordinary birthday present – lavish splendid, and with a touch of fantasy.
They filled this exotic seaside villa with beautiful objects from their travels across the world, and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art, creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting.

Then they sealed it in time and gave it to the future…

The main hall has a remarkable collection of high Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art, including many works by women artists. Other rooms house souvenirs from the couple’s travels, with works from Russia, Australia, New Zealand and the world-renowned Japanese collection. With stunning views, a serene cliff-top garden and stylish café, Merton’s extravagant gift to his wife is one of Bournemouth’s most intriguing visitor attractions.

The most enthralling experience in Bournemouth
Rough Guide

A must-see, even on the sunniest day in Bournemouth
The Guardian Travel

Additional information:


Access: the entrance is via a steep slope. Electric scooters must be outside, however a manual wheelchair is available. All parts of the building can be reached by lift, except the upper floor.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult/Senior£6.00 per ticket
Concession or Child£4.00 per ticket

Opening Times

Opening 2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Open: Bank holiday Mondays.
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The Russell-Cotes may be closed for functions on occasion, please check website before your visit.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
East Cliff Promenade
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH1 3AA
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Tel01202 451858

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Recent Reviews:

  • justinsS9215BW
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Beautiful
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 16th March 2019
    Been here many a time, a hidden gem of Bournemouth. Stunning house with so much history and art. Must see Read full review
  • ShuggieG
    Christchurch, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    This place is amazing!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th March 2019
    I am not a big fan of art galleries or museums. However we had some friends staying with us who love both. So we took them here not expecting to get much out of it for ourselves. How wrong we were... Read full review
  • Barbara O
    Christchurch, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Fantastic gallery and museum with changing exhibitions.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th March 2019
    I have been to this gallery several times but their current exhibition is worth an extra visit. "China, through the lens of John Thomson 1868-72" is an amazing collection of photographs concentrating... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, UK. We are situated next to the Royal Bath Hotel, just two minutes walk from Bournemouth Pier Closest car park Bath Road South (BH1 2EW)Access: The entrance is via a steep slope which may prove difficult for people with mobility problems, including wheelchair users. Due to the limited space electric scooters must be left at the entrance. A manual wheelchair can be borrowed, subject to availability. All parts of the building can be reached by lift, except the upper floor.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Bournemouth. Follow signs for town centre. The gallery is situated behind the Royal Bath Hotel on the East Cliff.

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