Chiswick House and Gardens

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Chiswick House and Gardens
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Hiking Trails • Gardens • Playgrounds
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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2-3 hours
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Cameron Pierson
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Lovely
Jun 2021 • Friends
Lovely gardens, well maintained and dog friendly. Great for picnics or just a relaxing walk. There’s a bar and a cafe, and free public toilets too.
Written June 14, 2021
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Teresa N
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The Garden Pavilion summer pop up restaurant
May 2021 • Friends
We went to the pop up summer restaurant “The Garden Pavilion” at Chiswick House. The decor of the restaurant is very elegant. The food is amazing and the food display on the plate looks like art work. The staff is very helpful also. A place to go for lunch, dinner and tea.
Well, a restaurant not to be missed this summer.
Written June 4, 2021
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Ray
Staines, UK773 contributions
Chiswick House and Gardens
Mar 2021
Gardens have many uses. Other than impressing the visitors, entertaining guests and just plain showing off, their main purpose is peace, quiet, relax, seclusion and most importantly escape from urban life.

Strolling around in this park like garden does have a very calming effect. It not only takes the worries off your mind but it also awakens the thinking side of your brain. And you can finally understand owner's fixation with having such a lavish playground at their doorstep. Because it must've made them feel like an Roman emperor.

The Chiswick House is part of English Heritage that also looks after the mighty Stonehenge. The actual building is just one small part of this vast garden that was inspired by ancient Rome. Since Italians have a reputation for being a poetic, creative, artistic type so garden is very important element in their household otherwise they probably wouldn't have been as influential.

This estate has all the elements that Italian garden needs. The location close to the river, design, architecture, style, class, elegance and above all, its wrapped up in nature.
Written March 9, 2021
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Danielle Li Photography
London, UK44 contributions
Bridal Photoshoot in Chiswick gardens
Oct 2020 • Business
I had a fantastic time on location doing a bridal shoot! There is so many hidden gems here. A lovely Tuscan style yard leading to the house. A hidden garden with maze style hedges and a beautiful pond with a grand ornate bridge. A stunning place for all your needs. Visit my website for your photography needs
Written October 26, 2020
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Kevin D
Nottingham, UK831 contributions
Leisurely Walk in lovely grounds
Oct 2020 • Couples
Great place to take kids and dogs for a walk. Very safe and some excellent places to take pictures.

Nice cafe and clean toilets 👍
Written October 25, 2020
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Brian T
London, UK3,936 contributions
Lovely Palladian Villa in Extensive Gardens
Aug 2020
This was a beautiful spot to visit on a very warm afternoon early in August. The house was still closed due to the pandemic, but the extensive grounds and the various designated gardens were open to visitors. There is no charge to visit the grounds. The attraction is accessible by public transport; I took a train from London Waterloo and alighted at Chiswick, then walked up Park Road from the station to the Park Road Gate. The train journey took around 25 minutes, and the walk up to the entrance took about 15 minutes. Turnham Green is the nearest underground station.

The Palladian-style house (often described as a villa) was completed in 1729. From all accounts it’s had quite a checkered history. After the death of its original builder and occupant, it belonged to various Dukes of Devonshire. It fell into decline in the 19th century, then became a mental asylum, then a fire station, and was revived as a stately home by the English Heritage after suffering bomb damage in WW2. The almost symmetrical house was built in brick and faced in Portland stone. It’s very pleasing to the eye, and extremely photographic. You’ll see influences from ancient Roman architecture in the architecture, from the dome on the roof, the columns on the portico and the Doric embellishments.

I really enjoyed exploring the extensive grounds, and the various beautifully landscaped gardens. There’s about 65 acres to explore. You’ll see the ‘Classic Bridge’, and the ‘Ionic Temple’ with an ‘Obelisk’. There are dozens of statues dotted around: heads on plinths, weathered statues and busts inspired by Roman gods and goddesses; there’s even a couple of Sphinxes on plinths at the front entrance, though these are copies of the Sphinxes in Green Park and are recent additions. To the side of the cafe is the 'Inigo Jones Gateway'; Inigo Jones was a famous British architect in the 1600s. There’s a large pond, a faux waterfall, and some seriously beautiful gardens. The Italian Garden was exquisite. This formal flower garden was designed by Lewis Kennedy in 1812 for the sixth Duke of Devonshire and provides an elegant setting to the Conservatory. Unfortunately the Conservatory was closed; this Grade 1 Conservatory is home to some of the oldest camellias in Britain. Nearby is the Doric Column, Venus statue and the Rosary. The Venus de’ Medici is a copy of the statue in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. The rose garden, planned by the fifth Duke of Devonshire, was replanted in 2007. It was in full bloom and really beautiful. I walked down a number of pathways bordered by high hedges, and left the park at the Rustic House; the curious little Rustic House was probably designed by Lord Burlington in about 1719. There’s parking at this spot.

There’s a cafe just by the house, offering a range of food and drinks. It had outside seating, and social distancing measures were in place. There were clean toilet facilities attached to the cafe.

It’s a delightful spot and worth a visit!
Written October 25, 2020
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RDJ
11 contributions
Lovely afternoon spent
Oct 2020 • Couples
The house is currently closed, but the gardens are lovely to wander around. Intermittent features of interest makes for a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours surrounded by nature. Reasonably charged park on site and free entry into the gardens, makes for an inexpensive afternoon in London.

Unable to give 5 stars and have not been around the house... a very good reason to make a return visit!
Written October 17, 2020
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hilary d
London, UK385 contributions
Chiswick House and gardens 19.9.920
Sep 2020
We are still on a quest to visit new places within the M25 and without using the car!We got the tube to Turnham Green,got a little lost(only 1 signpost!).we found it by asking locals for directions,its a pretty park but needs a little tlc!the house is still closed(shame).didnt use the cafe,an iced latte was £4!I have been to nicer parks-Hyde,Regents,Eltham Palace,Trent,Ally Pally,Richmond,StJames.
Written September 21, 2020
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Net6413
England, UK56 contributions
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Sep 2020
I grew up in Chiswick and walked through/around the park daily. I am therefore a little biased in my review as it holds such wonderful childhood memories for me. I remember my mother telling me stories about the Cascade which had been built but didn't work and then witnessed it being re-engineered to create the lovely waterfall it is today. I remember stories my father told me of his adventures in the park - the underground tunnel system him and his friends discovered (now filled in I believe) which seemed to run towards St. Nicholas' Church - perhaps an escape route from the house (there were several tunnels in all directions). I remember the friends I made dog-walking in the park, the park keeper patrolling on his bicycle, the sports days with my school and taking my children to visit in latter years. It is a wonderful place to visit, albeit a lot busier than it was in my childhood but still nevertheless a place I always return to when I am in the area. Great for families, dog-walking (some areas restricted to on-lead only), lovely place to eat (cafe or picnic) and a wonderful house to explore too. A wedding and arts/displays, dog shows etc etc venue too, always something going on (pre COVID-19) - including a the fabulous annual Camellia Festival in the Italian Garden Conservatory. A location often used by film companies too - some of BBC's Series 1 of Harlots was filmed here.
Written September 20, 2020
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Sandra Tudor
London, UK1 contribution
Wedding warning
Oct 2019
We attended a friends wedding last year where they had their ceremony in the house and then the party within the Marquee just adjacent to the main house.

The marquee did not feel private at all, it is closet o the house which was nice but also looks out onto the park's cafe which was busy during the wedding. The marquee it self look old and tired and the couple had to pay a lot of money to try and dress up the structure which was not up to scratch. The couple also were unhappy with the rising costs due to the approved suppliers and had a really bad experience with the internal wedding planner Rozanna who most of the guest found rude and unhelpful.
Written August 24, 2020
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