- Visit Chiswick House and Gardens to explore the history of this influential architectural structure and its wonderful gardens.
- Check out the adventure playground and many different gardens on offer, great to snap the perfect picture.
- Don't miss out on the events held here regularly, from educational workshops, to Chiswick Festival and more.
Chiswick House offers a great day out in west London, a family favourite spot for a summer afternoon, it has newly restored landscape gardens for your to gander at, along with an exquisite Neo-Palladian style house inspired by the Earl of Burlington's Grand Tours of Italy. Your little ones will absolutely love exploring the grand gardens, with its hidden gems, pathways, along with magnificent statues inspired by Roman Gods and Goddesses, plus Sphinxes, too.
Chiswick House has a fascinating history for you to discover, designed by the Earl of Burlington in the 1700s, the house, inspired by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio, which soon became a popular architectural style in both Europe and America, categorised by austere exteriors, symmetry, classical forms and strict proportions, contrasting with the opulent interiors and abundant lavish decor.
William Kent was the architect who designed Chiswick House and its grounds, a stylish Georgian influencer, if you will, trend setters of the time, and having smashed through many boundaries, marking this as an impressive structure, which many people enjoy marvelling at. The emphasis and inspiration was to conceal the showy, Baroque style that was popular in England at the time for more minimal design based on classical Italian architecture, which they acquired a taste for during their Grand Tour of Italy. The simpler design of the exteriors provided a sense of balance to the opulent interior designed, which held onto some of the Baroque, lavish style that was popular.
Built in the late 1720s, Chiswick House became the exquisite location for the third Earl of Burlington to house his magnificent collection of art, from paintings, to drawings and more. Chiswick House and Grounds became the esteemed location for many family gatherings and Lord Burlington's inner friendship and circle, offering cultural events and festivities, for all to celebrate art and culture. This house has never been made into a home, and was never intended this way, but rather serves as a bold architectural statement, experimenting with, and influencing English Georgian architecture.
Chiswick gardens are particularly special, too, along with the House and its architecture, as they one of the First Natural Gardens, that were created within the English Landscape Movement. They became an inspiration for many European artists and architects, by disrupting the formalities that categorised the rigid early 18th century, instead making natural-looking aesthetics and landscape as the focus and foreground of the gardens.
When you're done exploring this Palladian villa, Chiswick House, get a feel for the fresh English air and connect with Chiswick House Gardens at this English Heritage site. There are multiple different gardens for you to explore, so there's plenty on offer here at the Chiswick House gardens.
Get international in the Gardens North, which houses the famous Cedars of Lebanon trees, some of which date back to the late 1720s back when the architect William Kent first began doing work on the Gardens. Many of these magnificent plants actually came from Lebanon directly, expanding the cedar forest family to England. Your little ones will love playing around the Exedra, which is a hedge of dark yew trees in circular shape, creating a pronounced backdrop to the sculpture collection that graces the gardens. Plus, in these gardens there is the Inigo Jones Gateway, and the Ionic Temple for you to explore, surrounded by stunning orangey trees and a delightful terrace, making for a great picture.
Let your imaginations run wild in the Gardens South, boasting wildlife games, rocking sphinxes and an adventure playground. Your kids won't want to leave this garden, and with a café just a stone's throw away, you could spend hours here, just enjoying some bonding time in the great English outdoors. There's even a cascade to gander at, a stunning waterfall trickling down an arrangement of rock steps through some gorgeous archways. Again, this makes for a great picture, maybe an action shot this time.
For those that enjoy the naturalistic landscapes at Chiswick House and Gardens, visit the Gardens West, home to a relaxing lake, a classic Bridge that's great fun to run over, overlooking the sights of Chiswick House Gardens. Plus, there is the Northern Wilderness, which boasts a number of serpentine paths that meander through the greenery and woodland landscape. When you're done navigating the maze of the Northern Wilderness, be sure to check out the Obelisk, which is located by Burlington Gate, this tall, grand structure has an ancient Hellenistic engraved sculpture within in at its base and creates a relaxing, peaceful environment in the gardens. When you're done observing the wonderful sights of the Obelisk, check out the cricket pitch and pavilion, offering lots of open space.
Marvel at the beauty of the East Gardens, with the extravagant Walled Garden, a conservatory, and some delightful flowers on offer for you to experience, creating a multi-sensory trip. This restored garden serves as an educational area, where many community volunteers and schools come to learn on open days and event days, as there is a fruitful amount of information for you to learn about regarding the care of the gardens and about the camellia collection, which has some old trees dating back to the Duke’s historic collection. Plus, there is the Patte D'oie original house structure and the Rustic House to explore, perfect to explore some more of Chiswick House's architecture.
Immerse yourself in Chiswick House history, by listening to the stories of the many visitors who stayed at this glorious house, With visitors from Russian Tsars, to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, along with the King of Prussia and more, the place is just seeping with history. From stories of Giraffes arriving from Surrey Zoo, for a lavish garden party, to Queen Mary who frequented Chiswick and more, there is plenty to discover.
Check Chiswick House Gardens events, like the Autumn Scavenger Hunt. Autumn makes for a delightful time at Chiswick park, where you and your family can explore the changing colours of this English heritage house gardens and marvel at the wonderful sights. Enjoy your time by spending quality bonding time with the children and completing the scavenger hunt, with many tasks to perform and lots to explore at Chiswick House. Take some time at the lake to feed the ducks at Chiswick House and Gardens, which is always great fun for the little ones, too.
Plus, don't miss out on the amazing events held at Chiswick House and Chiswick Garden centre, like Chiswick Festival, which happens annually, offering performances, activities and more. You can get involved in the yoga, pilates and more fitness classes, and then reward yourself with some great comedy nights that boast the likes of celebrities along with some classical performances, musical bands and variety shows. There's really something on for everyone to enjoy, so get down to West London to experience this English Heritage sight in the most entertaining way possible.
If you're looking for things to do nearby, check out the The National Archive of England, Wales and Northern Ireland which is a great big library that has everything from the Domesday Book to government papers and more. There is over 1,000 years of history stored here and not far at all from Chiswick House. For more fun in west London, check out Holland Park, the largest of the Royal Borough's parks, located in the west of central London, so a trip to Chiswick House is an easy journey. Holland Park is delightful when the tulips start blooming in Spring, and especially during the summer when the open-air theatre stages performances.
For culture vultures looking to soak up some London arts and more, be sure to visit the West London fringe theatre known as the Chiswick Playhouse, previously the Tabard Theatre, an intimate experience, plus right above the Tabard pub, so when you're done grab yourself a nice pub dinner before or after to finish off the evening. Plus, you're right by Chiswick Flower Market, which is the first new open air flower market, since Columbia Road Flower Market, in over 150 years, run on the first Sunday of every month.
For more great days out in west London, check out Kensington Gardens offering lots of green space for your little ones to explore, including a attractions such as the statue of Peter Pan, the Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Art Gallery.
What to know before you go
- Chiswick House and Gardens opening times are from 7am to dusk for the gardens, and 8am to 5pm for the cafe.
- When you're feeling peckish, there is a Colicci cafe on site, serving locally sourced and sustainable food, from artisan coffee to tasty baked goods and perfect brunch classics. The Cafe overlooks the glorious sights of the gardens, so you're in for a treat.
- There are toilets, an accessible bathroom is at the top of a shallow ramp, and baby changing facilities on site.
- The site is partly accessible, wheelchairs are available to borrow. Because of the nature of the house, there is no lift to the first floor.
- Chiswick House and Gardens is located in Chiswick, West London.
- If travelling by public transport, Chiswick train station is about a 13 minute walk to the Burlington Lane Gate. The nearest tube station is Turnham Green (District Line), where from there it is a 20 minute walk. The bus routes that stop by near are the 190 from Hammersmith-Richmond, and the E3 from Greenford ti Chiswick.
- There are bike racks at park if you wish to travel via bike. Please note, though, that cycling is not allowed on the drives within the gardens, so not to ruin them, and not allowed on garden paths and lawns
- If travelling by car, take the A316 and follow the brown signs for Chiswick House.
- There is a public car park for the house, including three spaces for Blue Badge Holders. Alternatively, look here for NCP parking nearby.