The Old Courthouse Gallery

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The Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside
The Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside
The Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside
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Downstairs gallery
Downstairs gallery
Downstairs gallery
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The Ruskin Room
The Ruskin Room
The Ruskin Room
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Upstairs gallery
Upstairs gallery
Upstairs gallery
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From the mezzanine
From the mezzanine
From the mezzanine
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The Chambers Room
The Chambers Room
The Chambers Room
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Discussing ceramics
Discussing ceramics
Discussing ceramics
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A selection of work
A selection of work
A selection of work
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Display area
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Overview

Based in the historic old courthouse in the market place in Ambleside, this gallery occupies three floors. Having established a strong reputation over the last 30 years for supporting high quality arts and craft workmanship, the Old Courthouse Gallery continues to represent all that is good about contemporary arts in the Lake District and the UK in general. The range of work displayed is extensive and covers multiple media - woodworking, paintings, glass, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery. Whether you are a collector or someone simply looking for a gift to remind you, or a loved one, of your visit to the Lakes, the Old Courthouse Gallery is a treasure trove of unique independent artistic wonders.

Where is The Old Courthouse Gallery located?

The Old Courthosue Gallery is in a historic building right in the centre of the busy Lake District town of Ambleside. The gallery is surrounded by the fells that are the inspiration for many of the artists and just a stones' throw from Lake Windermere.

If you're interested in history and culture, then Dove Cottage (Wordsworth), Brantwood Estate (Ruskin) and Blackwell House (Arts & Crafts) are all nearby. Ambleside is also home to the award-winning Zeffirelli's Cinema and Restaurant and boasts three Michelin-starred restaurants!

What is the history of The Old Courthouse Gallery to the present day?

The building that the gallery occupies was erected in 1856 as the town's courthouse. By the early 20th Century the court had been moved from this location and in 1919 it was converted into Penrice's Drapers store.Several members of the Penrice family shared in the running of the business as it evolved from a general drapers to a specialist clothing outfitter until it closed in 1994 having served residents and visitors for 75 years.

The Old Courthouse Gallery first opened in 1994 and was created and established by the Brammall family. The premises were totally renovated and the magnificent upstairs space was opened up, to bathe the exhibits in natural light. A mezzanine and bespoke shop fittings in wrought iron were created by Chris Brammall.

The gallery went from strength to strength over the next twenty years and the business stayed within the family until Sylvia and Andrew retired in 2016. At that time a new chapter began when the current owners, Paul & Caroline Jones, took over the business.

 

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Huge range but well curated to give amazing breadth of artists and techniques. Building offers very flexible space with additional room for specific exhibitions (ex judges robbing rooms). The owner is extremely knowledgeable and the staff are very helpful. This was my first visit, but it deserves regular visits.

CaroleM

Huge range but well curated to give amazing breadth of artists and techniques. Building offers very flexible space with additional room for specific exhibitions (ex judges robbing rooms). The owner is extremely knowledgeable and the staff are very helpful. This was my first visit, but it deserves regular visits.

CaroleM
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Summary

19th century buildings

Free admission

Art and sculpture

Free public car parking (nearby)

Public parking nearby (charge)

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Open Times: Mon - Sat 10-5pm, Sun 10 -4pm
Price Details: Free entry
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Arrival information & directions

Address: Market Place, Ambleside, Cumbria, AmblesideLA22 9BU, United Kingdom

The Old Courthouse Gallery is on the market place in Ambleside, right in the centre of town. It is within easy walking distance of Ambleside's car parks, and there are also a handful of 1-hour free spaces adjacent to the building. Buses from Bowness/Windermere to the south and Grasmere/Keswick to the north stop nearby too. Windermere Lake Cruises berth at Waterhead, which is about a 20 minute walk into Ambleside.

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