Upstairs Downstairs Tour: Behind the Scenes at East Cliff Hall

November 25, 2022

Discover the history of the Russell-Cotes family and their home. Join a member of our curatorial team for a walking tour of areas of the museum not usually open to the public, including guest bedrooms and the servants’ quarters.   These tours take place at 11:30am on the following dates: Wednesday 18 January 2023 – […]

Museum Late: Telling Tales

November 23, 2022

This January, inspired by our exhibition Telling Tales, we are exploring the power of storytelling in museums. Come along and find out what stories the artworks and objects can reveal, and maybe inspire your own creativity. Activities will include: Object Handling Session – objects that tell stories Mini Tours of the Exhibition Telling Tales  The AI […]

Dickens and Christmas by Lucinda Hawksley

August 25, 2022

Talk: Dickens and Christmas by Lucinda Hawksley 7pm-8.30pm Discover the many merry ways in which the author of A Christmas Carol celebrated & influenced the festive season. Seated talk and book signing by Lucinda Hawksley, acclaimed author and direct descendant of Charles Dickens. Dickens and Christmas explores the 19th-century phenomenon that became the Christmas we […]

Sixpence Day

January 20, 2022

Celebrating 100 Years! This year we are celebrating our centenary, and throughout the year we are offering specific days that our visitors have the chance to enjoy the historic house for the 1922 Thursday admission price of sixpence. Whilst the original sixpence stopped being legal tender in 1980, visitors can bring along 6p in today’s […]

The Road to the Museum

January 17, 2022

Print Room Exhibition 25 January – 1 November 2022 As part of the museum’s centenary celebrations in 2022, our latest exhibition in the Print Room tells the story of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes from a new perspective. Devised by Paul Whittaker (Sir Merton’s biographer) The Road to the Museum follows in the footsteps […]


December 1, 2021

The Russell-Cotes, including the historic house, galleries, exhibition, café, shop and garden will be closed between Tuesday 3rd and Monday 16th January 2023. This is due to essential conservation works taking place. We re-open on Tuesday 17th January 2023.    

Victorian Christmas Weekend

October 10, 2021

Step back in time to a Victorian Christmas and discover the authentic traditions of yesteryear. Expect to explore the historic house decorated for the festive period Crafty activities for families Stir the figgy pudding and make wish on the Wishing Tree Enjoy some Christmas music Christmas Around the World and Nutcracker Trails Handle a real […]

Christmas Closure

September 8, 2021

The Russell-Cotes will be closed to the public Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. We reopen Tuesday 27 December Tuesday 27 December: Open 10am – 5pm Wednesday 28 December: Open 10am – 5pm Thursday 29 December: Open 10am – 5pm Friday 30 December: Open 10am – 5pm Saturday 31 December: Open 10am – 5pm […]

Museum Late: Candlelight Night

December 1, 2020

Join us for a special festive, candlelit late opening on Thursday 15 December. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the museum at night, with all the delight and decoration of a sumptuous Victorian Christmas. With Ellen-Marie from e-Marie Vocals singing classy Christmas classics in the Main Hall of the historic house, this might just be the […]

Christmas at the Russell-Cotes

November 3, 2020

Step back in time and discover the magic of a traditional Victorian Christmas Tuesday 15 November 2022 – Monday 2 January 2023 10am-5pm The halls of the historic house are decked with boughs of holly and other truly Victorian decorative delights. If you are looking for a warm welcome, and a chance to step back […]