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10 December 2020, 10.30am

During our Alfred Wallis Rediscovered exhibition we are running specialist Alfred Wallis themed guided tours, as well as our regular guided tours of the House.

When you book you will be given the option to select a Guided House Tour or a Guided Alfred Wallis tour. You will need to book a ticket online in advance. Booking closes the evening before each tour.

Each ticket covers up to 6 people from a private group.

Tickets are £40 per group

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Private Alfred Wallis Tour

This special tour will complement the new exhibition Alfred Wallis Rediscovered. The tour explores the display of Alfred Wallis and related artists work in the House. We will spend most of the tour in the House and then finish in the gallery in the Alfred Wallis exhibition.

Alfred Wallis started life as a mariner and it was only in later life in Cornwall that he took up painting. His instinctive paintings, using the materials that came to hand, now form a major part of the collection at Kettle’s Yard. On the tour we will consider Wallis’ life and times, explore his paintings in greater depth and consider his use of colour, materials and subject matter. We will look at connections with other artists in the collection such as Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood as well as the impact of Wallis’ intuitive art on Jim. The letters between Wallis and Jim are testimony to their friendship: you will have an opportunity to see some examples of items not usually on show to the public.

The Alfred Wallis Tour will finish in the galleries, where you are then welcome to stay and further explore the exhibition on your own.

Private Guided House Tour

Join us for an exciting opportunity to experience the Kettle’s Yard House before we open to the public. Your group will have a private, in depth experience with one of our knowledgeable Visitor Assistants, as they guide you through the House, telling you more about the history of Kettle’s Yard and some of the objects and artworks on display.



The House is not fully accessible and this tour includes climbing the spiral staircase in the cottage as well as crossing several other stepped levels. The extension to the House is fully accessible and we are happy to accommodate all visitors wishing to join us on a guided tour. If you wish to book an accessible guided tour we ask that you contact us in advance of booking. Please call 01223 748100 or email to discuss this with us and to find out more.

The galleries are fully accessible.

Important information for your visit

  • Your ticket covers up to six people. You will be the only group on the tour.
  • If you are not well please stay at home and cancel you ticket so that it can be made available to someone else.
  • Find out more about visiting us safely here.
  • In keeping with government advice you must wear a face mask or face covering for the duration of the tour unless you are exempt. You can find out more about exemptions here.
  • Due to conservation and security reasons, no bags, including handbags, or large coats are allowed in the House. Please leave bags at home where possible. If you do bring a bag it will be kept behind the desk until your House visit is complete.
  • Please note that the House is not fully wheelchair accessible. For access information please visit our access page online or call 01223 748100.
  • There is a virtual tour of the House available online here.
  • No food or drink are allowed in the House and galleries.
  • Photography is encouraged but we ask that you do not use flash. Commercial photography and filming is not allowed unless advance permission is given.
  • Children who will be carried do not need a ticket. Please note that the House is not suitable for buggies.