Enjoying magnificent views of Bournemouth’s coastline, the  house and galleries celebrate the Russell-Cotes’ passion for art and travel, world cultures and natural history.

Discover the story behind one of the most fascinating historic houses:

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, Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Closed on Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Free admission from 1 October - 31 March. Donations welcome.

Seasonal admission charges apply from  1 April -  30 September.