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Visit the art collection of a wealthy Liverpool Victorian merchant in its original setting. Sudley House is something of a delicious secret, and is stuffed with treasures including works by Rodin, Turner, Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Landseer.

Yet this still feels more ‘grand country home’ than suburban art gallery. The house, a solid, neo-Grecian villa is richly decorated with period high Victorian furniture (including the original Victorian wallpaper), and intimate family mementoes.

Alongside numerous significant works, Sudley House is worth special attention itself, with many Victorian elements still present. The House also constitutes the only merchant collection still on display in situ.

On the first floor is the ‘Childhood Room’, Costume Room and special exhibitions space – where art, photography and explorations of Liverpool’s social history take centre stage.

Sudley House is set up to cater for children, with rooms given over to activities for youngsters, while there’s a typical National Museums of Liverpool cafe too. There are also well-maintained grounds for a brisk walk and picnic areas.

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