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An award-winning museum and art gallery, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio celebrates the work of the sculptor, Frederick Edward McWilliam, who was born in Banbridge on 30 April 1909. A contemporary and friend of Henry Moore, McWilliam made his name in London and established a reputation as one of the most important sculptors of his generation.
After McWilliam’s death in 1992, his estate gifted the contents of his studio, originally situated in Holland Park, London, and a number of sculptures to Banbridge District Council. In 2008 a purpose-built gallery, sculpture garden and replica of McWilliam’s studio was opened on a site conveniently situated on the outskirts of Banbridge and just off the main Belfast to Dublin road.
Featuring a display of McWilliam’s work, temporary exhibitions of Irish and international art, a craft shop, Quails Café and Banbridge Visitor Information Point, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio has established a reputation for excellent visitor experiences and attracts a wide range of local, national and international visitors. Now run by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery is the gateway to the stunning countryside and cultural attractions of the area.
- Award winning Museum and Art Gallery.
- Exhibitions of outstanding Irish, British and international art.
- Display of sculpture by world famous artist F.E. McWilliam.
- Unique Sculpture Garden.
- Award winning Quails Cafe.
- Craft shop showcasing the best of local craft and design.
Open Year Round
Open Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00 (Also open Sundays during June, July and August Only 13:00 – 17:00)
Closed: December 25 to 26 and January 1. Closed Sundays Sepember to May.
Last Admission: One hour before closing
Approx. visit duration: 60 minutes
All admissions are FREE
Groups welcome (free). Maximum of 15 per group for ease of access to studio. Larger groups can be split into two if pre-booked.
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DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Award-winning restaurant, serving teas, coffees and an extensive range of speciality dishes for breakfast and lunch. Seats 40.
Gift Shop with hand-crafted high quality items locally produced, books and exhibition catalogues.
Free car and coach parking on-site.
- Fully wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets
- Guide/Assistance dogs permitted
Groups welcome (free admission). Maximum of 15 per group for ease of access to studio. Larger groups can be split into two. Pre-booking required.
Free Wi-Fi available in main reception and dining areas
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Tourism NI Visitor Attraction Grading 4 Star 2016/2017
- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 - 2016
- Green Tourism Silver Award 2016
- World Host Recognised Business Award for Excellent Customer Service 2013- 2015
The F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio is conveniently situated on the outskirts of Banbridge, just off the main Belfast to Dublin Road.
By Foot: The Gallery is a 30 minute walk from Banbridge Town Centre along the Newry Rd/ A26
By Car: The Gallery is situated just off the main Belfast to Dublin road/ A1 Road. It is easy to access and is signposted from the A1. There is adequate free parking available on site. Please note that the car park closes at 17:00 unless otherwise stated.
By Bus: A shuttle bus service is available from Banbridge Town Centre to the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio.FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio Nearby Attractions
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