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Strawberry Hill House

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Address: 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4ST, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8744 1241
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Description: Visiting Strawberry Hill is a truly theatrical experience. On approach to...
Visiting Strawberry Hill is a truly theatrical experience. On approach to the building it is immediately apparent from the whitewashed walls and crenelations that this is no ordinary stately home. Once inside the visitor will find the rooms magically lit by a unique collection of renaissance glass with a gloomy castle-like hall and grey gothic staircase leading dramatically to the magnificence of the gallery and state apartment. Between 2007 and 2010 the structure of the building was saved from ruin and thirteen of the most important rooms were restored. Now a new grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has allowed us to restore five additional rooms through 2014 for opening in March 2015. As work progresses this year these additional rooms will on occasion be open for the public to view. As well as guided tours and self-guided visits, we also offer events and family activities as well as an excellent cafe and shop.
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I always wanted to see where Horace Walpole lived, having come across the word serendipidy when at school! From "The Three Princes of Serendip" the title of a fairy tale in which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I always wanted to see where Horace Walpole lived, having come across the word serendipidy when at school! From "The Three Princes of Serendip" the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes were always making fortunate discoveries, yesterday I felt that it were we who had made the discovery! What a charming place is Strawberry Hill.Such a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

Akin to being a little sister ,stylistically to something like the Brighton Pavillion,has re- opened recently after extensive renovation. Walpole's fantasy retreat from the hubbub of the City ,this great " wedding cake " house will please and thrill all who visit. Crisply ornate ,the guiding on the fillegree ceilings are marvellous ,each room is different ,there really isn't an... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Absolutely fantastic Gothic building built as a home for Horace Walpole, son of Robert Walpole. At the time of writing the place is undergoing restoration, so some rooms are completed and some are not. I understand, as well, that once all of that has been completed then furniture will be in each room. It does look rather bare but the... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Horace Walpole's house near the river in Twickenham is by turns fascinating and bizarre and made for an excellent afternoon's visit. The trip had been suggested by my mother who had read that National Trust members receive half-price entry to the house (this turned out to be true and, according to one of the helpful staff, a permanent arrangement) and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

What an amazing building! Horace Walpole indulged his interest in architecture and art in this wonderful house. The guides are very personable and engaging. Go there!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We booked a midweek guided tour and found that we were the only couple on the tour- had the knowledgeable guide all to ourselves. It was wonderful.The car park is small but we easily found a space as there were no other tourists there at 10am. The excellent on-line blurb had warned of this restricted parking space and advised taking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Did the evening tour - which is exactly the right time to visit a Gothic House. We started actually with a glass of wine and were then taken outside in the failing evening light. This helped us see the structure of the house and get an idea of what it was like when first built - when its garden went... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Such a interesting, beautiful, spooky and gothic house! Every room inside is with the story, and theme, not the ordinary visit!!! Love the black cat wandering in side a house as well..! :O) In the house garden they have beautiful and romantic sea shell bench - great for take a pictures, or just sit and enjoy the moment of the... More 

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Nicholas S, Manager at Strawberry Hill House, responded to this review

Hi RutaRutuliukas, Thank you for such a lovely review and the excellent picture of the shell bench. We thought you might like to know that the cat's name is Margo and she does an excellent public relations job for us as she is so friendly. Best wishes Nick More 

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49 reviews 49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Walpole's folly is a real surprise and a pleasant one. There cannot be naywhere else like it in the country. Recently restored, it is a facinating insight into a period, movement and one of Twickenham's more singular residents. The guides were enthusiastic and the signage fascinating. There are plays staged from time to time in the House (we saw an... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I saw a TV programme a while ago about Strawberry Hill house and decided to visit it the next time I was in London. The house can be easily reached by car or public transport. if travelling by train a 2 for one offer is available. The house itself is being carefully restored, with about half to two thirds of... More 

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