Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum – What You Need To Know BEFORE You Visit

(Last Updated On: January 19, 2023)


On the top of the East Cliff in Bournemouth, England, right next to the Royal Bath Hotel is where you’ll find the Russell-Cotes Museum, which houses both an art gallery and a museum.

In 1897, Merton Russell-Cotes gave the architect John Frederick Fogerty a commission to build a house for his wife Annie as a birthday present.

The house was designed by John Frederick Fogerty. It was finished in its first form in 1901 and was initially referred to as East Cliff Hall.

It was constructed in the Art Nouveau style, and the interiors were designed by John Thomas and his son Oliver.

Annie Russell-Cotes gave East Cliff Hall and its contents to the town of Bournemouth in 1907 so that it could be used as a museum.

Merton also gave the town his collection of fine art at the same time.

They were granted honorary freeman status by the municipality, and they continued to reside in a portion of the home.

They paid for an addition to be constructed over the subsequent ten years, which brought the museum up to its current size and gave it its current form.

Accessibility of the Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is committed to making its facilities accessible to everyone. The upper floor of the house is accessible via a lift, and an interactive guide on an iPad allows some of the upstairs rooms to be explored with a 360 degree view.

Wheelchair and walking frame users will find the Russell-Cotes suitable for access, as it is close to the Royal Bath Hotel, two minutes walk from Bournemouth Pier. The entrance is via Bath Road South (BH1 2EW).

Hotels Nearby to The Russel Cote Art Gallery & Museum

Located on the East Cliff Promenade, it’s easy to access from a number of nearby hotels.

The 3-star Ocean View Hotel is a charming property located in the centre of Bournemouth, with easy access to local attractions such as the Russel Cotes Art Gallery and Museum.

The Roundhouse Hotel Bournemouth is another 3-star property that’s conveniently situated closeby.

Alternatively, for something luxurious, try the 4-star Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth – located only moments away from the museum.

All three hotels provide comfortable rooms and excellent facilities that make them well worth considering when planning your trip to this beautiful area of England.


How much is the entry cost?

Adults and seniors can enter for £8.50, while children aged 5 – 17 years old can enter for £4.50. Entrance to the cafe and cafe gallery is free, but if you would like to explore the house and visit other collections, there is a charge.


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