An essential stop on any arts-oriented tour of England: Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, the home of the late Tate Museum curator Jim Ede (an early supporter of Picasso and Mondrian), who studied at the Slade, served in WW1, and developed an appreciation for whitewashed walls and minimal furnishings while living in Morocco. Ede spent several years in Cambridge, and when he retired to Edinburgh, he gave his compound of cottages to the university. His wish? "To establish a place where visitors would find a home and a welcome, a refuge of peace and order, of the visual arts and of music." For opening hours and information, go to Kettle's Yard.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 21, 2011.