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Allen Gallery, Alton

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An intimate setting for one of the South's most outstanding ceramics collection of English, continental and oriental pottery, porcelain and tiles from 1250 to the present day.

Regular special exhibitions of art, crafts, photography, local and natural history, local artists and the delightful watercolours and oil paintings of W H Allen. There is the comfortable coffee lounge, and charming walled garden provides a peaceful retreat in the middle of Alton.
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  • A hidden gem, a must for everyone, friendly ,relaxing and like i say a hidden gem in alton, easy parking nearby, free to get in, tearoom has lovely cakes  more »
  • What a treat. Friendly welcome, wonderful art and pottery. Even team and cake in small eating area. Garden is also worth a look.  more »
  • We went on a wet Feb day, they were welcoming and helpful. We had 11people in our party, with 4being small children. They let us have our picnic in their cafe as long as we bought some drinks. It was ...  more »
  • Lovely little gallery with a gorgeous garden. First visited during the Jane Bown exhibition and planned a revisit the following week to take another look. Sadly on the 2nd visit (Saturday lunchtime) we were clearly in the way as the staff wanted to photograph and close the exhibit :(
  • A really enjoyable gallery-interesting local exhibitions of art, self - serve coffee bar with home made cakes, even a secondhand bookshelf or and a lovely garden in which to wander and reflect.
  • Lovely little gallery with friendly‚Äč atmosphere and a wonderful secret garden. Largely staffed and maintained by enthusiastic volunteers.
  • Lovely place for a quiet cuppa and a wander. Great kids activity bags too
  • A fabulous few hours for anyone with an interest in ceramics, with some amazing delft in particular, but a good mixture overall. The tea room has delicious home made cakes and the staff are friendly and polite. There was a historical photograph exhibition set up in a large gallery on the day of my last visit, I imagine one of many temporary exhibits and exhibitions! Well worth a visit, in my opinion..

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