Strawberry Hill House

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The restored Strawberry Hill House, created by Horace Walpole in the eighteenth century and recognised as one of the finest examples of Georgian Gothic revival architecture, reopened to the public in 2010.

On Mar 1 2015, Walpole's private rooms will open to the public – after major restoration – for the first time since the 1700s. You will at last be able to admire the lavish decor in Walpole's bedroom, the Turkish motifs on the tented ceiling over the breakfast room and the study in which Walpole effectively invented the Gothic novel: here he wrote 'The Castle of Otranto'.

After the initial restoration, work began on the restoring and landscaping the garden, and with work almost complete, visitors can now enjoy a rare example of an eighteenth-century theatrical shrubbery, a willow grotto and woodland trail for children, and a recreation of the exotic 'Shell Bench' designed by Richard Bentley.

Entry to the garden and cafe is free, with both open almost year-round; see the venue website for details of winter closing.

To take a photo tour of Strawberry Hill, click here:

NB: opening hours sometimes change for private events - check the website for details. In addition, the 2015 Rugby World Cup has numerous fixtures in nearby Twickenham Stadium: to avoid disruption, on the following days the house will be closed:  Sept 19, 26,  Oct 3, 10, 17-18, 24-25, 31.


Venue name: Strawberry Hill House
Address: 268 Waldegrave Rd
Opening hours: House Mar 1-Nov 1 2015 1.40-5.30pm Mon-Wed, noon-5.30pm Sat, Sun (last admission 4pm); Dec 5-Dec 13 2015 noon-5.30pm Sat, Sun (last admission 4pm). Garden Jan 5-Dec 13 2015 10am-6pm daily.
Transport: Rail: Strawberry Hill
Price: £10.80; £5.40 concs; free under-16s. Guided tours £11.70, £7.50 10-16s, free under 10s. Twilight tours (adults only) £20
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This little mansion is no Buckingham Palace but still very enjoyable for a quiet sunny afternoon. Trek to zone 5 (don’t be afraid) and go visit the restored interiors. Loads of gold and pointy gothic architecture – seems like the perfect setting for a 19th century novel…

Worth mentioning that the rooms are empty: no furniture and only a few paintings displayed. But the house in itself is worth a look.

And! Entrance to the garden is free. So come in and have a look at this white beauty – very bright in the surrounding greenery.