Syon House and Park

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Syon House and Park
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Syon House

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). 


Venue name: Syon House and Park
Address: Brentford
Opening hours: House (until Oct 30 2016): 11am-5pm (last adm 4pm) Wed, Thur, Sun, bank hol Mons & Good Friday. Gardens and conservatory (until Oct 30 2016): 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: £12, £10.50 concs, £5 children (5-16 years); garden and conservatory only: £10.50, £7 concs, £3.50 children. Family tickets £15.
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Anna W

Syon park

A gorgeous place for a relaxed romantic walk! We visited the Victorian tree house round to the left of the main house which was free to access on a Sunday- its absolutely outright beautiful, and great for any sketching or photography as they don't have any major restrictions for art students etc. Round the back of the greenhouse you will find a lovely little stream with a romantic bridge over it, surrounded by endless forest areas which are really worth and explore!

Find a quiet space to sit and watch nature unfold around you- as a date idea this location is wonderful, cheap and peaceful!

Chesca R

Walking around this place makes you feel like you are on a film set, it is hard to believe that anyone actually lived here and had the pleasure of calling it home. The place is dripping with history and it is a privilege to see such architectural splendour. If you have minis with you there is a beautiful garden to be explored with enough space to run and burn off some of that energy they have build up from not touching things inside the house that look both expensive and fragile. For us grown ups the gardens add some space and time for reflection on our next home improvement and a little pouting time for not being born into royalty.