Abbot Hall is closed for redevelopment, please see our FAQ’s below.

The place for art

The place for art

The place for art

Abbot Hall is one of Britain’s preeminent small art galleries, set in a beautifully restored Grade I-listed Georgian house on the banks of the River Kent in Kendal. Our gallery holds an exceptional collection of 18th-20th century fine art and runs an imaginative temporary exhibition programme throughout the year.

Abbot Hall Redevelopment Webinar Recording

This video of the live online event titled Abbot Hall Redevelopment Webinar with Rhian Harris was recorded on the 25 November 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Abbot Hall permanently closed? 
No. Abbot Hall is temporarily closed for a phased redevelopment of the site. Phase I of the refurbishment works are set to begin soon and we are looking forward to the planned reopening next summer. 

When will Abbot Hall open again to the public? 
The planned reopening of Abbot Hall is scheduled to take place in Summer 2022 in time for its 60th anniversary. The gallery will open with an exhibition by land artist Julie Brook.  

Why is Abbot Hall being redeveloped? 
Built in 1759, Abbot Hall’s opening in 1962 as an art gallery was the beginning of the nationally significant Lakeland Arts Collection. The building continues to be an important place for the residents of Kendal and is a key repository of community memories. Lakeland Arts believes it is important to build on this legacy for future generations. 

What is Phase I of the redevelopment project? 
The first phase of the project will include work on the building’s electrics, flood resilience, necessary redecoration, flooring work and improving the site’s accessibility. Subsequent phases will be informed by the first phase and community consultation throughout 2022. At present we do not have reopening dates scheduled for the Abbot Hall café or Lakeland Museum. 

What has been happening with the building since it has been closed? 
In addition to works regarding the redevelopment, throughout 2021, dedicated and skilled members of the Lakeland Arts curatorial team have undertaken a decant of the Lakeland Arts Collection in Abbot Hall, The Old Grammar School and Lakeland Museum. This has been a huge task but it is nearing completion ahead of building works. 

 Who is leading on the design of the Abbot Hall redevelopment? 
Lakeland Arts is working with award-winning architects MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects) on the redevelopment project. 
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Abbot Hall is currently closed for redevelopment of the building and the surrounding grounds.

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Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL

How to get here

From the south

Exit the M6 at junction 36 and follow the A590 to South Lakes. Take the South Kendal (A6) exit and follow the signs for the town centre. Abbot Hall Art Gallery is the first right after the Parish Church. Kendal has a one-way system so if you miss the turn, you need to loop around the town via Aynam Road.

From the north

Exit the M6 at junction 37, turning onto the A684. Follow signs to Kendal. Turn left onto Park Side Road. At the end of the road turn right onto Lound Road. Stay in the right-hand lane as you cross the small bridge over the River Kent.   Keep in the right-hand lane as you enter the town centre. Abbot Hall Art Gallery is the first right after the Parish Church. Kendal has a one ways system so if you miss the turn, you need to loop around the town via Aynam Road.

The nearest mainline railway station is Oxenholme. A connecting train will bring you to Kendal railway station. From here, Abbot Hall is one mile. Plan your journey by train.

There are local bus services that run throughout the lakes to Kendal. All traffic through Kendal town centre is via a one-way system so buses from Kendal Bus Station pass Abbot Hall on the other side of the river. Catch Service 41/41A or 42/42A to Lakeland Museum and use the footbridge opposite to get to the other side of the river. Lakeland Museum is less than a 10-minute walk and located behind Abbot Hall. Plan your journey by bus.

You can walk to Abbot Hall from the town centre in approximately 10 minutes. The gallery can be found behind Lakeland Museum if walking along the road from the town centre.

Local taxis

Please use local pay and display carparks in Kendal.

  • Peppercorn Lane: LA9 5AF
  • Kendal Parish Church: LA9 5FB
  • Kendal Bowman: LA9 4AQ
  • Brewery Arts Centre: LA9 4HE
  • SLDC multi storey: LA9 4DX
  • Westmorland Shopping Centre: LA9 4PU
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