The Lake District Guide

Exhibitions & Galleries in the English Lake District.

There's an astonishing range of galleries, craft shops and exhibitions of all kinds in the Lakes. Since the 17th century, artists and writers have been inspired by the beauty, tranquillity and spirituality of the Lakes. Now you can share in the product of this inspiration, with works by local artists, craftsmen and women, and some wonderful permanent collections in the care of the local councils at Kendal, Cockermouth and Egremont.

Kendal, Windermere & the South Lakes

National Park Print Shop

Here's a venture worthy of our support: a new independent gallery, print studio and shop. National Park Print Shop is a "Risograph" studio, gallery and shop in the heart of Windermere. They sell prints from UK and local artists as well as lots of pins, patches, stickers and cards from indie makers and artists who have a love of bright bold colours and the outdoors. (RISO prints are made with a Risograph printer. This works as a screenprinter, using rich spot colours and stencils to create tactile and vibrant prints, affordably and with little impact to our environment. Creativity, elegance and environmental consciousness combine here for wonderful gifts and souvenirs!)

National Park Print Shop
25a Crescent Road
Phone: 07745 576 474

Abbot Hall

Georgian art gallery with four nationally important exhibitions each year. Pulls its weight far above the usual regional gallery standard - see the website for the great work done by the Lakeland Arts Trust.
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL
Phone: 01539 722464 Web:


This award-winning Arts & Crafts Movement house, fully restored, features various exhibitions, and is located in a superb spot overlooking Lake Windermere.
Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT
Phone: 015394 46139 Web:

Gallery H

This stylish gallery of jewellery, crafts, arts, sculpture, gifts and more is situated beside the beautiful Lakeland estuary at Arnside.
The Old Bank, The Promenade, Arnside, Cumbria LA5 OHA
Phone: 015395 63347 Web:

Homes of Football

A museum and gallery containing the unique photographic collection of Stuart Clarke.
100 Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 ODE
Phone: 015394 34440 Web:

La Galerie D'Art

With regular exhibitions of original paintings by acclaimed local and international artists, unique prints, Limited editions and distinctive giftware.
Lake Road & Queens Square, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, LA23 39T & Central Buildings, Rydal Road Ambleside, LA22 9ES

Slapestones Gallery

This small art gallery of superb original work by Jennifer Hardisty is now closed, but the web site is still active as a marketplace for her work, and is well worth a visit.
Phone: 015394 35252 Web:


The Brewery Arts Centre

The Brewery Arts Centre is a dynamic multi-purpose venue with a theatre, music venue, galleries bars, restaurant and cinemas. Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE Phone: 01539 725133 Web:

The Heater Cooper Studio

The Heaton Coopers are a family of artists who go back four generations. The Studio holds permanent exhibitions of work by William and his father Alfred. The Studio Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9SX
Phone: 015394 35280 Web:

The Lakes Discovery Museum @ The Armitt

A treasure trove local history museum. Exhibitions, hands-on activities, art gallery and shop. Rydal Road, Ambleside Cumbria, LA22 9BL
Phone: 015394 31212

The Quaker Tapestry at Kendal Ltd

Now this exhibition is absolutely fascinating.... a tale of 350 years of history, the award winning exhibition has been compared with the Bayeux Tapestry! The famous Quaker Tapestry was created by 4,000 people in 15 countries and is one of the world's largest community textile projects. The Tapestry celebrates social history from the 17th century, including such events, subjects and characters as George Stephenson, the Irish Potato Famine, the Slave Trade, the Crimean War, William Penn and Pennsylvania, Pope Pius VII, Tsar Nicholas I, Joseph Rowntree, science, marriage, criminal justice, botany, railways and unemployment. Family facilities include: multi-lingual personal audio guides and large screen video, interactive displays, costume, gift shop, garden, and award winning Tearooms.
Open: Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, April - Nov. Tearooms: all year. Open some Saturdays 11am - 3pm throughout the year. Closed Bank Holidays.
Friends' Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4BH, England, UK
Directions: Friends Meeting House in Kendal town centre.
Entrances on Stramongate and New Road, facing river.
Phone: 01539 722975 Email: Web: This year the tapestry has won the Cumbria Tourism Award - "Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2008.

The Wordsworth Trust

Wordsworth's home during his most creative period. Cottage guided tours, original manuscripts in the museum and contemporary art in the art gallery.
Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
Phone: 015394 35544 Web:

Near The Lakes - Sedbergh and the Yorkshire Dales

Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre

Arts & Heritage centre over four levels, 20 working studios, living history displays and working looms.
Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW
Phone: 015396 21958 Web:

Finestra Gallery

Gallery displaying a wide range of original art by local and international artists, including William H. Jones, whose work you can see here:

The range and quality of work is outstanding, and the gallery should be high on the list for anyone with an interest in art to visit.
12 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2AE
Phone: 015242 73747 Web:

Coniston and The Lake District Pensinsulas


Contemporary visual arts. A very exciting project, in a place where exposure to art may have traditionally been rather limited, which aims to foster the development of art by communication, exhibition, and experimentation. Funds an artist in residence and offers "u-hang" space for exhibitions. Very interesting, very inspiring, and highly recommended.
Bath Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 5TY
Phone: 01229 825085 Web:


Keswick and the Western Lake District

Castlegate House Gallery

A listed Georgian house and garden, built 1739, opposite the entrance to Cockermouth Castle. The gallery exhibits contemporary paintings, sculpture and ceramics, from English, Scottish and World artists. These include Cumbrian painters Sheila Fell, Percy Kelly, Bill Peascod, June Bennett, Charles Oakley, Winifred Nicholson, L S Lowry and Michael Bennett as well as Scottish painters Barbara Rae, Marj Bond, Marie Scott, Charles McQueen, Sarah Carrington and Christine Woodside. Housed in a beautiful building with a welcoming environment, this represents one of the best examples of the burgeoning movement in British local arts centres, a place where you can browse and buy great art or just enjoy the wonderful building and exhibition facilities. There's even a secret walled garden with sculpture.
Castlegate House, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9HA
Phone: 01900 822149 Web:

Gallery 26 at 27

Art gallery featuring the multi-disciplinary work of the artist cryptically known as NelsonN. 27 Station Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5HH
Phone: 017687 72090 Web:

Gosforth Pottery

Ceramics, pottery courses, great food and wonderful surroundings. Ideal for a holiday with a difference!
Gosforth, Cumbria, CA20 1AH
Phone: 019467 25296 Web:

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery

See Keswick's surprising development from industrial mining centre to bustling tourist town. The collections cover local and natural history, and the town's famous inhabitants.
Fits Park, Station Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4NF
Phone: 017687 73263 Web:

Lowes Court Gallery & Egremont Tourist Information Centre

An 18th century building, with a gallery established in 1972. Home to Egremont Tourist Information Centre and a gift shop with "Made in Cumbria" goods. Upper gallery has changing exhibitions.
12 Main Street, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2DW
Phone: 01946 820693 Web:

Northern Lights Gallery

Contemporary art gallery. A beautiful space with a wide selection of work from talented and creative artists. Goes far beyond the average arts and crafts shop in both diversity and quality of the material on sale.
22 St John Street Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5AS

Percy House Gallery

Monthly changing exhibitions, with predominately Cumbrian artists on show.
38-42 Market Place, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9NG
Phone: 01900 829667 Web:

Sharp Edge Gallery

Open plan art gallery run by owner-artists. Original paintings, ceramics, photography, limited edition prints and art reproduction/framing service. There's some interesting work here, with individual character and a certain degree of finesse which sets it apart from the mainstream.
135 Main Street, Keswick Cumbria, CA12 5NJ
Phone: 017687 73788 Web:

The Necessary Angel Gallery

Jewellery and contemporary art and craft. Much of the art is powerful and has an immediate impact - and the jewellery is stunning. It's an extensive collection, well worth a visit.
Packhorse Court (off Market Square) Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5JB
017687 71379 Web:

Thornthwaite Galleries

Constantly changing exhibition of original Lakeland paintings, figurative and wildlife sculpting and a miscellany of curios and fascinating artefacts. Includes work by local textile designers, jewellery makers, artists, sculptors, painters - in fact, a vast range of artistic talent with over 130 exhibitors at the last count.
Thornthwaite Village, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5SA
Phone: 017687 78250 Web:

Viridian Gallery

Viridian Gallery displays highly individual paintings, prints, pottery and sculptures of professional quality along with paintings by Diane Gainey. Start with Diane's own website listed below, to see her range of beautiful watercolours of the Lakes, then click on the Viridian gallery link on her site to explore the gallery she has set up to market the work of local artists.
13 St John Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5AP
Phone: 017687 71328 Web:

Ullswater and The Eden Valley

Alan Stones Gallery

Interesting work, some with a slightly impressionistic feel, by a local artist of undoubted talent. Features oil paintings of the local landscape, which are dramatic enough, but also some startlingly original prints, etchings and lithographs.
See his work on his website and buy it there.
Phone: 01768 88688 Web:

Annie Beaker Ceramics

Ceramics. A fascinating website shows off a delightful and, I would think, highly collectible collection of ceramic figures by Annie and other artists.
Kirk Neuk Gallery, Fiddlers Lane, Lazonby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1BL
Phone: 01768 70492 Web:

Beckstones Art Gallery

One of the UK's leading fine art galleries, specialising in only the highest quality original paintings by the most talented artists in the country.
Greystoke Ghyll, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 OUG
Phone: 01768 48360 Web:

Croglin Toys

Craft/wooden toy manufacturer.
The Old School, Lazonby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1RG
Phone: 01768 870100 Web:


fold Gallery

Contemporary visual arts. fold is a non-profit organisation which promotes artists and access to art in rural communities. Very enterprising, very forward-thinking, and with some cutting edge work, their gallery is always well worth a visit.
3 Walton's Yard, Market Square, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QT
Phone: 017683 71561 Web:

Greystones Coffee House & Gallery

Coffee house and gallery. The website hasn't been updated for some time, so you may find that their commitment to the exhibition space is not so great as to make it worth your while taking a special trip. I haven't been recently, so field reports would be welcome.

No. 15

An independent venture, incorporating a wide range of wall hung pieces.
15 Victoria Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8HR
Phone: 01768 867453

Red Barn

Contemporary fine art gallery.
Melkinthorpe, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2DR
Phone: 01931 712767

Talent Gallery & Shop

Art Gallery with gift shop and handmade jewellery and artists materials.
Rheged Discovery Centre, Redhills Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 ODQ
Phone: 01768 860074 Web:

The Lion Gallery

A design-led gallery shop featuring ceramics, glass, textiles, metal and silver by local and British designers.
Little Dockray, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7PL
Phone: 01768 867299

Upfront Gallery and Coffee Shop

Beautifully converted 17th Century farm buildings, exhibitions, four gallery spaces, restaurant, sculpture garden, gift shop and puppet theatre.
Unthank, Nr. Hutton-in-the -Forest, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9TG
Phone: 017684 84538 Web:

Wetheriggs Country Pottery

Ceramics, contemporary glass, fine art - a true centre for creativity year round. Loads of activities for all the family, this centre for artisans through the ages has been brought thoroughly up to date and entertains, informs and amuses in many fields of artistic endeavour!
Clifton Dykes, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2DH
Phone: 01768 892733 Web:

Alston and The North Pennines

Gossipgate Gallery

Quality art and craftwork from the north of England with a continuous programme of exhibitions. Small coffee shop and terrace. They specialise in the work of Northern artists, with various fields represented among the high quality work on display, including sculptors, jewellery makers, glass makers, potters, wood craftsmen and textile artists. Set in a beautiful village in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this is a must-see in any visit to the area. There's also a programme of exhibitions featuring the work of established artists and new talent. There's also a wonderful little coffee shop.
The Butts, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3JU
Phone: 01434 381806 Web:

Just Glass

Antique Georgian and Victorian decorative and pressed glass.
Cross House, Market Place, Alston Cumbria, CA9 3HU
Phone: 01434 381263

Stokoe House Ceramics Gallery

Market Place, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3HS
Phone: 01434 382137

The Pennine Pottery

Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3NG
Phone: 01434 382157

Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall

High Head Sculpture Valley

Life size sculptures in wooded valley and art gallery with changing exhibitions. This has to be one of the most imaginative artistic venues in Cumbria (not to mention luxurious - with a spa, sauna and therapies available!). Jonathan Stamper is the driving force behind this visionary project. In his own words, now that the dream of such a fantastic venue for art has come true, he intends to "develop it into one of the top venues for contemporary and influential art in the UK." Jonathan's sculpture draws creative energy from the natural world. His work draws deeply on religious tradition, but his work is often figurative.
High Head Farm, Ivegill, Cumbria CA4 OPJ
Phone: 016974 73552 Web:

Lowood Gallery

Opened winter 2002 by Jeremy & Meredith Latimer, the gallery aims to bring the best of British art to Cumbria with three exhibitions a year planned.
Armathwaite, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 9RB
Phone: 01768 896636

Meadowbank Farm Artists Studio

A 21st century artist's studio showing original artwork by Sue Glassford and other artists.
Meadowbank Farm, Curthwaite, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 8BG

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

At Tullie House you can discover thousands of years of Carlisle and Border history from prehistoric to recent times. There's a beautiful garden restaurant and a gift shop.
Castle Street Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Phone: 01228 534781 Web:

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