Syon House is bursting with history. The magnificent turreted pile looks out over the Thames towards Kew. It was built on the site of a medieval abbey that was brutally dissolved by Henry VIII, and it was here that Henry's fifth wife Catherine Howard awaited her execution. Henry's coffin was later brought here in transit to Windsor Castle; as if by divine retribution, it mysteriously burst open during the night and the king's remains were found being licked by dogs. The rooms, designed by Robert Adam, are breathtaking (John Betjeman described Syon as 'the grand architectural walk'), from the grand Roman hallway in black and white marble to the Red Drawing Room, with its crimson silk walls and Roman statues. Its magnificently preserved grandeur has made it a popular filming location: 'The Madness of King George' was filmed here, as were scenes from 'Gosford Park' and Stephen Poliakoff's 'The Lost Prince'. Outside, children will love the restored nineteenth-century Great Conservatory, with its huge iron and glass dome – and if the extensive Capability Brown-landscaped gardens aren't enough for a run around, there's also indoor adventure playground Snakes & Ladders (an extra charge applies).
Syon House and Park
|Venue name:||Syon House and Park||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||House (until Nov 2nd 2014; reopening Mar 16 2015): 11am-5pm (last adm 4pm) Wed, Thur, Sun, bank hol Mons & Good Friday. Gardens and conservatory (until Nov 2nd 2014; reopening Mar 16 2015): 10.30am-5pm (last adm 4pm) daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Gunnersbury; Bus: 237 or 267 bus to Brentlea Gate; Rail: Kew Bridge rail|
|Price:||House and garden: £11.50, £10.00 concs, £5.00 children (5-16 years) £26.00 family; garden and conservatory only: £6.50, £5.00 concs, £3.50 children, £14.00 family|
Pick a dateto
Things to do
Is Syon House Haunted?
The magnificent sixteenth-century stately home in Syon Park has more than its fair share of intriguing history, so it's no wonder that rumours of ghostly goings-on are rife as soon as the sun sets and the place seems spookier. On these Halloween tours...Walks and tours Friday October 30 2015Read more
Things to do
The Enchanted Woodland
The tenth anniversary year of Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland will see the 600-year-old gardens and their 400-odd specimens of tree transformed by specially designed illuminations and lights. The route can be completed in half an hour by those with a brisk...Walks and tours Friday November 20 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015Read more