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Watts Gallery
Down Lane, Compton
Guildford, Surrey
GU3 1DQ, United Kingdom
T: 01483 810235
F: 01483 810285

E: info@wattsgallery.org.uk



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Group Tours

Winner of Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 


‘We had an absolutely splendid day; the stewarded tours were of an exceptional standard and the catering was bountiful and first class. On the journey home, the positive feedback from the day was overwhelming. Much enjoyed by all.’ Test Valley, Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Explore the story of the eminent Victorian artist G.F. Watts and his wife Mary Seton Watts. Discover Watts’s paintings and sculptures in the Gallery, enjoy the temporary exhibition and tour the astounding Grade I-listed Arts & Crafts Chapel with your guide who will bring its story to life. Enjoy a delicious lunch followed by a guided tour around Limnerslease, the Wattses’ home and studio. Don’t miss a visit to the shop, full of unique gifts.


Special Offer

Enjoy a full day at the Watts Gallery Estate for just £19 per person (save £3.50pp)

Price excludes catering. No other discounts can be used in conjunction with this offer.

Be greeted by welcome refreshments before you proceed to the Gallery for an hour-long tour. After exploring the collection and temporary exhibition enjoy a freshly made two-course lunch in our dedicated group catering space at the Tea Shop.

In the afternoon visit the beautiful Watts Chapel and the artists’ home & studio, Limnerslease. Before you leave, peruse the tempting gifts and books in our shop.


 Watts Gallery 

Enjoy a visit to Watts Gallery for £7 per person (discounted group entry rate). Add an introductory talk for £3 per person or an hour-long tour for £5 per person.

First opening its doors to the public in 1904, Watts Gallery was created for the display of works by the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904). In his own lifetime G.F. Watts was widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of the Victorian age, enjoying an unparalleled reputation. After a major restoration project from 2008 to 2011, visitors can now experience the Watts Collection in the historic galleries displaying the original decorative scheme.


 Exhibitions 2014/15

Book an exclusive out-of-hours tour for £15 per person including refreshments

John Ruskin: Photographer & Draughtsman
4 February – 1 June 2014

Drawings, watercolours and photographs by John Ruskin capture beautiful details from his passionate journey through the landscape and architecture of Europe.

Ellen Terry: The Painter’s Actress
10 June – 9 November 2014

A story of the ever-changing personae and image of Ellen Terry, a star of the English stage and an inspiration to visual artists.

A Russian Fairy Tale: The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova
18 November 2014 – 8 February 2015

A display of enchanting fairy tale illustrations and rarely seen works by Elena Polenova; a leading figure in the Russian Craft revival.


 Watts Chapel - A Hidden Gem of The Arts & Crafts Movement

Free access or book an hour-long tour for £5 per person 

‘Designed and built by Mary Watts, Watts Chapel is a unique fusion of Art Nouveau, Celtic, Romanesque and Egyptian influence with Mary's own original style. It is impossible not to admire the work and inspiration that lies behind this remarkable building.

Every aspect of the design has symbolic meaning. The four panels on the exterior show friezes symbolising the Spirit of Hope, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Love and the Spirit of Light. The beautiful interior shows seraphs, cherubs and angels, combined with flowers and vines, all held together by the Tree of Life.
 


 Exclusive Access - Limnerslease

Exclusive access available by tour for £5.50 per person

Limnerslease was the Autumn/Winter residence of G.F. and Mary Seton Watts, it nestles in a hollow of the Surrey Hills, a short walk from Watts Gallery. Work has started with generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund on restoring the studios where Watts and Mary worked. Watts Trustees are seeking support to save the whole building for the nation. On completion of the restoration, Limnerslease will be unique in showing the only artists’ house and studio from the 19th Century.

Book a tour now to glimpse the start of a nationally important project. Hear about the people who visited and worked with G.F. and Mary Seton Watts. See their Arts & Crafts style living quarters including period furniture and unique gesso ceilings created by Mary, the precursor to her work in the Watts Cemetery Chapel. See the artists’ studios and hear about the restoration plans being carried out.
 

Please Note: There is a ten-minute uphill walk to Limnerslease and we regret that, at present, there is no wheelchair access. Flat shoes are required. 


 Group Catering from the Tea Shop

‘This local treasure has a devoted cult following’ Shirlee Posner, Europcar Gastro Guide 

During your visit enjoy a delicious lunch, morning coffee break or afternoon tea, all catered by our traditional Tea Shop. Groups can take advantage of the pre-bookable dining area, the Old Kiln, which can seat up to 48 people.

To reserve your place please enquire when booking.


 Watts Gallery and Loseley Park: Two Venues for £16

Gain a unique insight into Surrey’s heritage by touring two of its most celebrated venues in one day.


 Booking Information

For further information please email groups@wattsgallery.org.uk or call: 01483 813 589.