Kettle's Yard House & Gallery

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  • Address: Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AQ, United Kingdom, CB3 0AQ
  • Timings: 11:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1223748100
  • Fax: +44-01223324377
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Art Gallery, Museum, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Architecture , Specialty Museum, Social, Arts, Art Dealers And Galleries, Landmarks

Kettle's Yard House & Gallery - Review

After relishing Renaissance era masterpieces, ancient artefacts austere architecture in classy Cambridge, perhaps it’s time for something a bit more casual? How does this sound: a cosy little house with comfortable seating space and plenty of air? Somewhere you can rest your back and put your feet up. This is what Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery seems like at first and it probably sounds just like your house but with one major difference: everything here is a work of art! From the furniture, to the décor and, of course, the paintings that adorn the wall, everything in Kettle’s is a sample of postmodern and contemporary artwork.

It all started when Jim and Helen Ede decided to convert four small cottages into one giant house and use it as a place to display their collection of early 20th century art. . Ede acquired most of his collection from friendships he built during his days as a museum curator for the famous Tate Gallery, which is why much of his collection is full work in the British ‘avant-garde’ style. They kept an ‘Open House’ every afternoon, giving any one who wished a tour of his little gallery. In 1966, the Edes’ gave the collection and the house to the University of Cambridge and in 1970, a more modernist gallery extension was created. What makes this gallery so special is that everything has been left the way it was, back when the Edes lived within those walls. This lends a warm, personal touch to the entire experience, which makes the experience all the more enjoyable.

The museum has both permanent and temporary displays. The permanent collection includes paintings by William Congdon, Henry Moore, Joan Miro and Alfred Wallis. The house’s interior is understated and perfectly complementary to the art it nestles within its doors. There’s even a library and sofa sets where you can recline and casually seep in as much beauty as possible. Don’t miss out on this unusually down-to-earth art museum. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cambridge itinerary 1 day.

Kettle's Yard House & Gallery Opening and Closing Hours

  • The gallery is closed during the installation of exhibitions but the shop remains open.

How To reach Kettle's Yard House & Gallery by Public Transport

  • By Train/Bus/Taxi: Number C1 bus runs from the train station to Christ's College, a ten minute walk up Sydney Street then over Magdalene Bridge brings you to the gallery on Castle Street. By taxi it takes approximately fifteen minutes to get to Kettle's Yard from the train station.
  • Coach: These should drop off parties in Northampton Street and return to collect them there. Coach parking is available on Milton Road.

Restaurants Near Kettle's Yard House & Gallery

  • Cocum (Indian)
  • The Country Arms (British)
  • Sir Isaac Newton (British)
  • Maharaj (Indian)
  • The Punter (British)

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  • Kettle's Yard House & Gallery Address: Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AQ, United Kingdom, CB3 0AQ
  • Kettle's Yard House & Gallery Contact Number: +44-1223748100
  • Kettle's Yard House & Gallery Timing: 11:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • Kettle's Yard House & Gallery Price: Free
  • Time required to visit Kettle's Yard House & Gallery: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Cambridge include Kettle's Yard House & Gallery in their plan

  • 57.9% of people start their Kettle's Yard House & Gallery visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Kettle's Yard House & Gallery

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Kettle's Yard House & Gallery, Cambridge Reviews

  • Kettle's Yard consists of two areas - a gallery and a house that has timed entry (you can't just go in). The small gallery hosts exhibitions from A list artists and is laid out in an interesting set of rooms offering different space options for exhibits. There's also a shop and now a cafe to have a cup of tea in. The house is like a homage to art and design with pebbles and naive Cornish art and the largest sofa I've ever had the pleasure of sprawling about on (I've not been back since the refit but I assume it's the same). All in all a fantastic place for those of us who enjoy this kind of thing. Pretentious, moi?

  • Kettle's yard is a small art gallery has just been renovated as part of a multi million pound project. There are three or four spaces in the gallery, all painted in standard modern gallery white. It feels a little unimaginative and it would have been nice to see something a bit different from all the other galleries out there considering the investment, but it is very good nonetheless. The main gallery is free and accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs, but the house is not so accessible. As a result we didn't go into the house, so I can't comment on that.

  • It used to be an interesting offbeat local gallery with a lot of music, a warm family feel, a playful and modest atmosphere, and a distinctive interest in the artists that formed the backbone of its collection. But now it comes off like a boring and arrogant provincial White Cube, with half-baked commitments in conceptualism and middle class radicalism that leave me numb. The refurbishment mainly added a massive and totally unneeded cafe and shop. The place has lost its individuality and it's hard to say what it's for at this point. Just a soulless vending point for ultra-bland international gallery culture. Oh well.

  • Go to Kettle's Yard to see The House. This lyrical space is full of stunning 20th century art. There are wonderful spaces and intimate niches where you can sit and reflect. (Amazingly you are encouraged to sit on The House's chairs!) Drift through and take your time to fully explore. You book a timed entry ticket at reception. While you're waiting, have a look at the 2 refurbished galleries and maybe what's in the little church outside. The small cafe does lovely tea but if there are no seats available, there are lots of eating opportunities on the way from town.

  • Fascinating and unconventionally decorated house filled with interesting artwork and furnishings. Hugely enjoyable. Terrific gallery of contemporary art. The cafe and shop are small but well done. Lovely building and courtyard qhixh accommodates the outdoor section of the cafe.

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