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Cumberland Art Gallery

Discover magnificent artworks from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Caravaggio and van Dyck.

Discover magnificent artworks from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Caravaggio and van Dyck.

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

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A Royal Art Gallery

The Cumberland Art Gallery houses a changing display of artworks, principally from the Royal Collection, reflecting Hampton Court Palace's long history as a place to see great art. The palace was a royal residence from the early 1500s until the 1730s. This era saw great royal collectors and connoisseurs, like King Charles I and Frederick, Prince of Wales, assemble one of the largest and finest art collections of its kind in the world. The royal family filled the State Apartments at the palace with artworks for their private enjoyment and as magnificent statements of regal authority.

A masterpiece at every turn

After the palace’s life as a royal residence came to an end in the eighteenth century, Hampton Court Palace became a grand art gallery, displaying paintings and treasures for visitors to enjoy. You can see hundreds of artworks from the Royal Collection at the palace today, some of them in their original locations. Here, in the Cumberland Art Gallery, you can marvel at a selection of the Royal Collection’s finest paintings.

The Cumberland Art Gallery occupies a restored suite of rooms designed in the 1730s by William Kent for William Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland and youngest son of King George II. In 2014, after two years of meticulous research, Kent's Cumberland Suite was returned as closely as possible to his original scheme.

The creation of the Cumberland Art Gallery was made possible through the generosity of the Foyle Foundation and Bruce and Jane Carnegie-Brown.

Find out more on Royal Collection Trust's website.

See the gallery highlights

Please note: Due to the nature of items on display, and the size of exhibition spaces, we limit visitor numbers in the Cumberland Art Gallery. Larger groups will be asked to divide into smaller parties and admission may be staggered at the discretion of staff. This is to avoid congestion during peak times to ensure the enjoyment of all visitors.

We thank you for your understanding.

Cumberland Art Gallery opened in November 2014.
The Great Hall, looking east.
The hall was constructed by King Henry VIII to replace a smaller and older hall on the same site. It had two functions. First to provide a great communal dining room where 600 members of the court could eat in two sittings, twice a day. And secondly, to provide a magnificent entrance to the state apartments that lay beyond.

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

Highlights Things to see
The blue and gold vaulted ceiling of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace

Walk in the footsteps of kings and queens at the Chapel Royal, which has been in continuous use for nearly 500 years.

Open daily

Highlights Things to see
The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed (1716) carved by Richard Roberts (active 1714-29), "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).

Enjoy the beautiful State Apartments and private rooms of William III and Mary II at Hampton Court Palace as part of your visit.

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