Abbot Hall Art Gallery

The Lake District

After a three-year closure, Kendal's fine-art gallery will reopen to the public on May 20, 2023. It houses one of the northwest's best collections of 18th- and 19th-century art. It's especially strong on portraiture and Lakeland landscapes: look out for works by David Hockney, John Ruskin and local boy George Romney, who was born in Dalton-in-Furness in 1734 and became a sought-after portraitist, as well as a key figure in the 'Kendal School'.

Look out for signposts as you head south along Kirkland Rd.

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1. Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

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2. Kendal Museum

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3. Sizergh Castle

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4. Levens Hall

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5. Blackwell House

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7. Windermere & the Islands

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8. Wray Castle

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