York House Gardens

York House Gardens, Twickenham: Hours, Address, York House Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

York House Gardens
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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sheepygold
london5,082 contributions
Solo
If you are visiting Strawberry Hill House or Marble Hill House / Park during the week then I would suggest a detour here. I cannot believe I am adding this to TA although the last time I came here was some 30 years ago and I pass through Twickenham several times a year.

It is a little hard to find, in fact you would pass right by it if you did not know of its existance. The main entrance is to the left of the Richmond Borough Council building (17th Century York House) which is some 250 metres along Richmond Road from the main shops of King Street although there is also a gate from the river towpath accessible from Water Lane as well as a gate onto a housing estate at the opposite side.

This place is free and currently open only Monday to Friday from about 9am to 5pm but check on Richmond Council website for exact times.

From the main entrance you walk along the side of the house and round the back and are treated to an amazing vista of the back of the house across a 'sunken' lawn with herbaceous borders (lovely Edgeworthia at pesent). As you walk towards the Thames you cross over a bridge (Riverside runs underneath) and into another part of the garden with formal hedging and roses. Continue on and you get to a superb quite long terrace along the Thames with seats facing the Sun - a perfect place to sit and have lunch or read.

From here head right and you will find the most unexpected water feature - Carrera marble figures from the early 19th Century placed here some 100 years ago and now arranged as a magnificent fountain.

Head back across the bridge to the woodland garden where there is heather flowering as well as plenty of hellebores. There should be lots of flowers coming over the next few weeks.

There are no facilities here but loads of pubs and cafes within 5 minutes walk.
Written March 20, 2015
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MarkMahoney
Aldershot, UK1,774 contributions
Couples
Really nice and tranquil gardens with fountains wildlife and gardens. The riverside is also nearby. Great spot for picnics.
Written June 21, 2021
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londongeordie2016
London, United Kingdom6 contributions
Friends
I remember visiting the York House Gardens many years ago and seeing these statues for the first time. I was so impressed and also surprised how few people realize they are there. They were recently restored and are well worth a visit. The surrounding gardens are tranquil and relaxing. You'd never realize you were in a London borough.
Written April 11, 2018
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lynneatblueheron
Windsor30 contributions
Visited yesterday (12/11/2020) so just to inform you that the nymph fountain is currently being renovated.
Written November 13, 2020
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diana827
London, UK5 contributions
Family
A magical place to visit with exceptional, unusual sculptures. At one end is the waterfall /fountain, complete with distressed nyphs, trying to save one another.

At the other end, is an exquisite Japanese style garden, full of rhodedendrons and acers, graced surreptitiously by a woman floating across the water, inside a shell. Venus, presumably.

There is also another area - very close to the wall onto Sion Road, which is essentially a spring garden, with Hellebores, tulips and daffodils. Listen out for the owl and the woodpecker, not to mention the visiting pussycats.
Written February 19, 2016
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Archbishop2014
Twickenham, UK7 contributions
the sea nymphs are just now being cleaned up - and the riverside promenade is a joy - saw heron and great crested grebe apart from the masses of everyday birds - with one of London's great trees, to boot
Written November 5, 2020
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Chillenden
85 contributions
Always a pleasure to stroll around for awhile and see an English midsummer garden which has been carefully cultivated for generations.
Written December 5, 2019
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angusM25
Home counties238 contributions
Behind York House, (now a municipal building) and accessible from the river, these are lovely gardens, well cared for and peace and quiet away from the town centre.
Separated into different areas with seating and shade, there is also larger then life sculpture, renovated and preserved overlooking a lily pond.
The squirrels are very tame, but be careful - they can nip if your fingers are too close to their mouth when you feed them!
Written September 3, 2019
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Janet and Bob S
Bristol, UK60 contributions
Solo
My son lives near York house and asked me to take his dog for a walk, the gardens have a most amazing waterfall with marble carvings dating back to 1909 lovely walks and ponds, and lots of squirrels all on the banks of the Thames.
Written July 19, 2019
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Pam Tw4
49 contributions
Thames walk is nice- the entrance into the garden is well kept - flowers plants you feel that your away from the busy built up area surrounding Twickenham- it’s free and it’s lovely - the bridge the gardens all worth viewing
Written June 23, 2019
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  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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