Why ‘Harley’ and ‘Portland’?

The galleries take their names from family ancestors.

The Harley Galley is named after Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford who was a famous collector, scholar and bibliophile.  Harley married Lady Henrietta, the great great granddaughter of Welbeck’s first owner Sir Charles Cavendish, in 1713.  Henrietta was one of the wealthiest women of her day and her marriage to Edward Harley enabled his extravagant collecting.  After Harley’s death, his book and manuscript collection was sold to the nation and was one of three collections that founded the British Library.

Welbeck became the country estate of the late dukes of Portland in 1734 when the 2nd Duke of Portland married Lady Margaret Cavendish Holles Harley in 1734.   After the death of the 7th Duke of Portland in 1977 Welbeck was inherited by his daughter and then passed to her descendants.   The Portland dukedom no longer exists.

Who owns The Portland Collection?
The Portland Collection remains in family ownership.  The Harley Foundation exhibits this privately owned collection and shares it with the public.

Is parking free?
Yes, parking is free.

Where are the toilets?
There are visitor toilets in both The Harley Gallery and The Portland Collection museum. There is a further toilet in The Harley Café for patrons, and facilities next door at Dukeries Garden Centre.

Do we have to pay to get in?
Entrance to The Harley Gallery and The Portland Collection museum is FREE. Some events are charged, please check the individual event pages for information.

How do you get to The Harley Gallery?
The Harley Gallery is in North Nottinghamshire, close to both the A1 and M1. Please see our Visit page for directions.

When are you open?
Please click here to check our opening times.

Can I visit Welbeck Abbey?
You can visit Welbeck Abbey by booking a State Room tour. Click here for details.

Can I see the tunnels?
No, it is not possible to see the tunnels.

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs (except assistance dogs) may not enter the galleries.
The Harley Café allows well-behaved dogs on leads at outdoor seating areas, where dog bowls of water are also available.
Dogs are welcome on the public rights of way across Welbeck so long as they are kept either on a lead or under close control. We ask this as there is a significant amount of wildlife on the estate and we wish for them to remain as undisturbed as possible.

Is there a cashpoint on site?
No, we do not have a cashpoint on site. Cashback is available at Welbeck Farm Shop, and our nearest cashpoint is a short drive away at Whitwell Co-op.

Can I bring a group or coach?
Yes, we welcome group visits subject to social distancing guidelines. Please see our group visit page here.

Can I take photographs?
You are welcome to take photographs in the Courtyard. We do not allow photography in The Portland Collection. Please check before taking photographs in The Harley Gallery as permissions are dependent on the exhibition showing at the time.

I lost something while visiting you – can you help?
Please give us a call on 01909 501 700 and we will check to see if your item has been handed in at gallery reception.

Can I go for a walk around Welbeck?
There are a number of public footpaths at Welbeck. Click here for some route ideas.

Can I visit the artists’ studios?
The Harley Studios are private and can be visited by appointment and during special Open Studio events. Click here to find out more.

Can I hold my wedding in the gallery?
No, we are sorry but we do not offer weddings.

Are there places to buy food?
You can enjoy meals, coffee and cake at The Harley Café, or purchase grab and go picnic foods and ingredients to take home at Welbeck Farm Shop.

How can I make a donation?
To make a donation and support The Harley Foundation, please make a donation online, call 01909 501 700 or donate in person at The Harley Gallery or The Portland Collection. Click here to find out how we use your money.

Can I borrow a wheelchair?
We do not have wheelchairs available to borrow.

Can I bring a buggy, wheelchair or mobility scooter?
Yes, you can. Please see the accessibility FAQ page for information that may be useful for your visit.

Can I hold a private event?
We have limited availability for private events. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

What is your cancellation policy for event bookings?
Event bookings are non-refundable unless cancelled by us, for example due to changes in Covid restrictions.