Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, Down Lane

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DH View on map

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is the lasting legacy of George Frederick Watts, the great Victorian artist, and his wife Mary Watts, a designer in her own right. It comprises 4 buildings: The Historic Galleries - Grade II star listed, designed by Christopher Turnor and built in 1903 houses the Watts Gallery Trust Collection, the De Morgan Collection and temporary exhibitions of national importance. Limnerslease - Grade II listed, the house and studio of the Watts' containing a new museum, the Watts Studios. Opening in January 2016, the building provides an unequivocal insight into the life of the Watts. The house is currently accessible by tour only. Watts Chapel Grade I Listed, terracotta Arts and Crafts masterpiece designed and created by Mary Watts and local villagers. The Pottery Building Grade II listed originally housed The Compton Potters' Arts Guild, which ran for over 50 years. Today you can find the shop, tea shop and Watts Contemporary Gallery.


Opening Arrangements

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is open Watts Gallery and Watts Studios: open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am - 5pm Watts Chapel: open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm Visitors' Centre, shop and Watts Contemporary Gallery: open Monday to Sunday, including Bank Holidays, 10.30am - 5.15pm The Tea Shop: open Monday to Sunday, including Bank Holidays, 10.30am - 5pm

Admission Charges

  • Adult: £11.50
  • Child: Free
  • Other Charges: Student £5.75, Discount Tuesday £5.75, Art Fund 50% discount.


Take B3000 from A3, first left at roundabout, first left into Down Lane. Gallery is a few hundred metres on the right. Rail: Guildford (approximately 2½ miles). Bus: No 46 from Guildford.

Parking Spaces


Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes