Chiswick House and Gardens

MAY 20,2013 - MAY 20,2013 (1 DAYS)

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Chiswick House and Gardens: 2-4 hours.

A unique oasis in this corner of London - though this wouldn't be on my top must-see list.... Please refer to our blog on Hammersmith and Chiswick, along the Thames. After visiting the CH  take a stroll along the Thames towards Hammersmith or Richmond or to one of the other nearby tourist attractions such as the Fullers brewery...

Visitor Information:

The House: From 1 April-30 Sept: Open 10am-6pm Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed & Bank Holidays, Closed Thu, Fri and Sat. Ticket price: Adult: £6.10. If you are an English Heritage member (or a Barclays Premier client) you can tour round the house for free.

The Gardens: Open every day from 7am until dusk, all year round.
There is no charge for visiting Chiswick House Gardens.

The Café: Open every day from 09.00.

Duration: A great place to visit for a couple of hours.

From Chiswick Park station  - it is a 15-20 minutes walk to Chiswick House.  It is quite a long and disorienting walk from the  subway line. Head southeast on Bollo Ln.  At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Acton Ln. Go through the next roundabout. Turn left onto Chiswick High Rd. Slight right to stay on Chiswick High Rd. Turn right onto Duke's Ave. Slight left toward Great West Rd. Turn right toward Great West Rd. Turn right onto Great West Rd. The Chiswick House and gardens will be on the right.

Chiswick House is one of the finest examples of neo-Palladian design in England. I highly recommend that you'll combine your visit with one of the numerous special events taking place in the house. See: http://www.chgt.org.uk/index.asp?Pageid=1

The third Earl of Burlington built the house in 1729 with help from the renowned architect, William Kent, as a tribute to the Italian architect Palladio. Chiswick House is a showcase for art collections, and a venue for many temporary exhibitions. The finest remaining example of Neo-Palladian architecture in London, the house was designed by Lord Burlington, and completed in 1729. It was not intended as a home but as a place to get away to and to have parties. It was also home to the Earl’s art collections. The house itself is pretty much unique in London and an audio tour of the ground floor deals mainly with the architectural history. The first floor has been beautifully restored and gives a good idea of how the place would have looked more than 200 years ago. Allow about 45 minutes to 1 hour of the tour inside.

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It's a very small house despite the imposing exterior. The second floor is more impressive with beautiful ceilings and nice artwork. The upper floor of the CH holds the "Green Velvet Room", and the "Red Velvet Room" where Lord Burlington and his pals would discuss art and architecture, and the politics of the time. Very impressive ceilings and a good collection of paintings.

If you don't wish to pay to enter the house you can spend an hour walking round these beautiful historic gardens for free. They are a lovely place to roam in all seasons. The Conservatory is open from Mid-March - mid-October 10am-4pm with free entry but there is a charge when the plants are in bloom in February/March. The gardens at Chiswick House have been loved for centuries. The gardens have benefited from a large-scale restoration, unveiled in June 2010.  The gardens are a great attraction in themselves, with a number of fantastic little features scattered around the place. It gets a little crowded on sunny weekends.  Go on a weekday and it's still blissfully quiet. If you're short on time, skip the house and take a wander down a garden path - you won't regret it !

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The grounds are huge, and contain a bridge, straight out of a classic rural painting, and an Ionic temple, which you'll love. Worth visiting on a nice day as the grounds are spectacular with great walks in the gardens and around the lake. The Royal Horticultural Society was based in the grounds in the nineteenth century. The park is beautifully maintained with a lovely lake and helpful signs describing bird life you can see. Another special experience are the dogs and their owners spilled out all over the front lawn area and beside the lake:

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The café (with toilets) in Chiswick House is quite expensive but the staff is most welcoming and helpful.

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