Discover the Russell-Cotes Story:

In 1901, Merton Russell-Cotes gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea. 

It was an extraordinary, extravagant 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. 

A home, an art gallery, and a museum. Then they sealed it in time, and gave it to the future. 

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Opening Times

Tuesday, 24-Friday, 27 Feb inclusive: We are sorry that there is no lift access down the 3 steps into the Edwardian Galleries and our exhibition 'Dangerous Women! From Kaufmann to Emin'. Apologies for any inconvenience.

 OPEN: 10am to 5pm, TUESDAY-SUNDAY.

CLOSED: Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Suggested Donation £5: 1 October - 31 March. Gift Aid it.

Seasonal admission charge: 1 April -  30 September. Gift Aid it.