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

OPEN: 10am to 5pm, TUESDAY-SUNDAY.

CLOSED: Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Thursday, 25 Sep: the historic house will be open until 2pm. The Café and Shop will remain open until 4.30pm.

Free admission: 1 October - 31 March. Donations welcome

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