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10 Must-Visit Art Galleries in Hampshire

18th Apr 2023

History and heritage, coast and country, and of course, the New Forest National Park; there are many reasons to visit Hampshire this spring, but perhaps art and culture will be yours. 
There are an abundance of talented emerging and established artists exhibiting their work throughout the county. We invite you to experience our 10 must-visit art galleries in Hampshire, all while you are enjoying the beauty of spring on a weekend break at our New Forest hotel.

Beaulieu Fine Arts

In the heart of our village of Beaulieu, discover an independent art gallery in Hampshire inviting collectors to peruse five rooms of contemporary works from new to recognised artists. Established in 1976, a beautiful 18th century manor house on the Beaulieu Estate became an exhibition space, and 47 years on it’s a leading New Forest art gallery. 
Distance from our New Forest hotel: 0.3 miles / 1-minute drive 

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Nadia Waterfield Fine Art 

A beautiful converted barn is the ideal exhibition space for a diverse variety of contemporary and fine art paintings and sculptures from more than 60 artists. Nadia Waterfield has invested a life of passion and interest in art, her experience and knowledge is evident throughout her Hampshire gallery.  
Distance from our New Forest hotel: 30 miles / 1-hour drive 

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The Wykeham Gallery

Founded in 1985, the beautiful studio and sculpture garden is recognised as one of the country’s leading contemporary galleries, exhibiting an ever-changing array of paintings, ceramics, bronzes, glass, and sculptures of established and emerging international and British artists. 
Distance from our New Forest hotel: 26 miles / 44-minute drive

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The Minster Gallery

An ever-evolving and impressive collection from contemporary British and international artists displaying abstract, figurative and sculptural pieces in the heart of the beautiful city of Winchester.  
Distance from our New Forest hotel: 24 miles / 40-minute drive 

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Mottisfont – House and Gallery

An 18th century Hampshire priory turned home, and now a fascinating art space. Given to the National Trust in 1957, Mottisfont House and Gallery is home to the modern collection of artist Derek Hill (1916–2000) and temporary exhibitions in the second-floor gallery. The romantic Mottisfont estate also boasts a magnificent walled garden, seasonal planting, and riverside walks.  
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Distance from our New Forest hotel: 20 miles / 34-minute drive
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Whitewall Galleries

One of 40 galleries around the UK within the Whitewall network displaying a collection of contemporary fine artworks from critically acclaimed artists to emerging talents. Discover a unique and diverse portfolio of original works and sculptures from international and British artists in this Hampshire gallery.
Distance from our New Forest hotel: 25 miles / 43-minute drive
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St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

A hub of history and creativity in the heart of Hampshire, the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery is an independent organisation and a registered charity. Its museum showcases the history of Lymington and the New Forest, whilst the gallery plays host to a highly regarded art space exhibiting ever-changing pieces from local artists as well as regional and national private and public collections.  
Distance from our New Forest hotel: 7 miles / 14-minute drive 
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Southampton City Art Gallery

Discover one of the finest collections of art at Southampton City Art Gallery, holding ‘Designated’ status by Arts Council England, the gallery displays an outstanding range of works from Renaissance paintings and French Impressionists of the 19th century to 20th century British and contemporary art of today. 
Distance from our New Forest hotel: 14 miles / 26-minute drive 
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John Hansard Gallery

Part of the University of Southampton, the John Hansard Gallery is a vibrant and pioneering space and a leading UK contemporary gallery, supporting established and budding artists from all around the world with a programme of exhibitions, research projects, commissions, and partnerships. 
Distance from our New Forest hotel: 14 miles / 27-minute drive
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Gosport Museum & Art Gallery

A Grade II listed building and Old Grammar School is now the newly refurbished Gosport Museum and Art Gallery, collating heritage and history, arts and education as well a host of exhibitions from the finest local artists, workshops and events. 
Distance from our New Forest hotel: 36 miles / 55-minute drive 
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We have a delightful spring break offer which means staying longer gives you more… More time to relax and take in the blossoming forest in spring, more time to dine in our wonderful New Forest restaurant, and more time to peruse these wonderful works of art. 
Stay 2 Nights or more and get 15% off 


Ready to rest and relax after hours of perusing Hampshire’s masterpieces? Consider a visit to use the leisure facilities at our sister hotel, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa, or sit down to enjoy a pre-dinner drink at our very own Monty’s Inn


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