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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library and Visitor Information Centre situated in the heart of historic Canterbury. This award winning facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, excellent educational facilities...more
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18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
+44 1227 862162
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What's inside the building does not reflect outside. Free entry to see artworks and various discoveries passes away a couple of hours. Ideal time at the moment due to the wildlife photographer of the year is been exhibited.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mark C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such an interesting place, visited on my own and lost completely what time it was. Easy to spend a couple of hours in here. Children friendly too and Free!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank shanemO4845TH
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Beaney.is the most wonderful place to visit for it's books,artifacts,exhibitions,summer fun geared up for children.Reading is a wonderful thing and should be encouraged especially for showing children that books can open their minds.There is nice cafe too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Laura W
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Are you in Canterbury with a couple of hours to spare, or are you tired of the hustle and bustle of the crowds on the High Street, or perhaps you need to avoid a rain shower? Then go to the Beaney, a free museum with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Robin J
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I often pop in here when I am in Canterbury to have a look round. There are usually different art shows put on in the front room. Also exhibitions are put on upstairs in the gallery. Most are free. There are things to do with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AwayWendy
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

We nipped in here one wet Sunday afternoon and what a gem! Some interesting artefacts to see. We particularly loved the special exhibition of Ladybird books, a real blast from the past. And when you see bagpuss and the Clangers oh my goodness. We loved...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CalHorn
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We only went in to ask for directions, the staff were very helpful and friendly. So very grateful for the advice

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank pearlverina
Reviewed 21 September 2018

Our visit here was quite interesting this time, too. We have been here a couple of times before. The paintings of cows, the portraits, other works and the collections are still fascinating. The new exhibition of The Ladybird artists 1940 to 1975 was fascinating as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

Some superb paintings greet you as you enter the building but there are numerous rooms on several floors each occupied by numerous glass cases containing ceramics, metalwork and artefacts collected over the years. The ladybird book artist exhibition was a welcome surprise and very popular.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kishere t
Reviewed 17 September 2018

I am not a typical library visitor, and therefore I was most taken aback by what I found here. I told my wife to leave me there whilst she was shopping (yuk) and meet me at a cafe nearby in half an hour. Two hours...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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26 August 2016|
Response from MumClub | Reviewed this property |
There is disabled access at the rear and disabled toilets in the cafe.