Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside

4.8
#6 of 6 in Museums in Ambleside
Established in 1994, The Old Courthouse Gallery, two expansions and 21 years later, has evolved into one of the largest independent contemporary arts galleries in the north of England.
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  • Everytime we go to Ambleside, we visit the Gallery. It is almost a ritual !! Some fantastic art work always on display  more »
  • The Old Courthouse Gallery in Ambleside is highly recommended if you are looking for decorative items, jewellery, paintings or small furniture that stand out from the average offer of "normal" decoration shops and galleries. There are many works by local artists on offer. The presentation is very appealing and tasteful. You can look around in peace or get advice from the staff if you are looking for something special or have questions. The staff are very nice, very competent, can also tell a lot about the artworks and the artists and advise on what fits where and what can be combined well with each other. Of course, the gallery thrives on selling things, but I never felt like I should be pushed to buy. I was also advised excellently and very patiently, because I wanted to look for and combine very specific things. After I found it, the objects were also expertly packaged so that I could transport them safely home. The price level is higher than in "normal" decorative shops, but you also get handmade uniques, which are real eye-catchers. On the other hand, the artworks are not as expensive as in the big galleries in London, Paris or New York. If I came back to the Lake District looking for art or jewelry, I would immediately go back to the Old Courthouse Gallery.
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  • A really good gallery for paintings, prints and sculpture. The staff are helpful and unobtrusive. You never feel pressured to buy anything. Always a pleasure to visit.
  • There is one overriding problem with this gallery - it's virtually impossible to browse and not buy. A favourite of ours for over 10 years I've lost count of the pieces we've bought there. Enter at your peril!
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