Chiswick House

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Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London,
Middlesex, W4 2RP

020 8742 1225

Listed By

William Donelson

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
All year; every day; 7am to dusk

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: No
House Open for Viewing: Yes

1st - 30th Apr; daily; 10am - 5pm
1st May - 31st Oct; Sun - Wed & BHs
2nd Nov - 21st Dec closed except for pre-booked tours: call 0208 995 0508

National Garden Scheme days: No
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Admission Prices

Gardens: Free
Chiswick House: Adult £5; Child (5 - 15yrs) £2.50; Concessions £4.30; Family £12.50; EH members free.
Groups (11+) 15{78c5981cc65ef312afd2a01238b92ad49ab85a4991a386013c7fa8e22d3121d9} discount

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
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Garden Features & Events

The House and Gardens is the very first, and still one of the finest examples in England of neo-Palladian architecture, set in a 65-acre estate in West London, only 15 minutes from Hyde Park Corner.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
I
National Collection:
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Description of Garden

The garden dates from the early 18th century and surrounds a perfect Palladian villa. William Kent designed a rustic cascade and gently serpentined canal. Classical busts, sphinxes, columns and an exedra helped to re-create the landscape of antiquity. Since Kent's style became influential, we are fortunate that it survives. It is being restored, but it is a difficult task since the garden was developed in stages, gradually changing from a nobleman's country estate to an urban park. However much of the original design is still evident and features avenues leading to spectacular cedars of Lebanon, the canal, topiary, lawns and a lovely orangery.

History Of Garden

In the early 18th century, Lord Burlington, the owner and chief designer, with help from Charles Bridgeman and William Kent, built an Augustan villa modelled on Palladio's 1550 Villa Rotunda. The maze, built in 1730 between the house and canal, was the first such installation in this country. Substantial (£multi-million) Heritage Lottery funds are being devoted to restoring the gardens (see own website for details).

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