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Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

Historic House

Details

Strawberry Hill is Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture and interior decoration. It began life in 1698 as a modest house, built by the coachmen of the Earl of Bradford. It was transformed into 'a little Gothic castle' by Horace Walpole, man of letters and the son of England's first Prime Minister. Between 1747 and 1792 Walpole doubled its size, creating Gothic rooms and adding towers and battlements in fulfilment of his dream. Further additions were made by the Countess Waldegrave in the 19th Century.

Strawberry Hill was already a famous tourist site in its own day. It has miraculously survived into ours, its rural surroundings gone, but its charm undiminished. The plaything of Walpole and his friends, it established a taste for the Gothic: fireplaces and gilded ceilings like medieval tombs and vaults, painted glass with rustic and biblical scenes and heraldry.

Walpole was a compulsive collector. His gothic home grew to house a vast, idiosyncratic collection and to reflect his social position and aspirations as an innovator in style. He surrounded himself with antiquities, works of art and curios, especially those with strong historical associations. His library and collection of historical prints were equally impressive. In 1842, at a sale lasting thirty-two days, the contents of the house were scattered to the winds, but many can still be identified.

Horace set up a private press at the house, publishing important historical texts and his own writings on history and art, He also wrote the first Gothic novel, set in the house, establishing a form and taste which is still with us.

Following an £8.9 million restoration with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the house is now open to the public as an extraordinary fairytale experience.

Bookings may be made on the website given below or by telephoning 0208 744 1241.

Facilities for groupsPublic toilets

Children welcomeGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Open again 1st April 2019 to 31st December 2019

Monday to Wednesday: 11:00 – 3:00pm*
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 11:00am – 4:00pm*

*Final entry one hour before closing. Advance booking is recommended.

Public guided tours available 10am on Sundays. Tours departs at 10am. Booking is essential. If you are a group of 15 persons or more you may be interested in booking a private guided tour for preferential rates. Please e-mail: tours@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

Please note: Strawberry Hill House & Garden sometimes closes for special events. Please check website before visiting to avoid disappointment.

Prices

Adult £12.50 Standard
Free for Under 16's & carers accompanying a disabled person.
National Trust, Art Fund members & student £6.25

Prices above are for standard self-guided visits. Guided tour tickets are also available - see website.

Location

Directions

See location of Strawberry Hill House on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 158722  Lat: 51.43696 Long: -0.33539

By Road: At the London Road roundabout on the A316 take the exit signposted Twickenham A310.
At the mini roundabout turn left, you are still on London Road. Pass Twickenham Station on your left. At traffic lights you will have to bear right into King Street. Get over into left lane and turn left at the traffic lights into Cross Deep. You will pass Radnor Gardens leading down to the Thames on your left.
At mini roundabout turn right into Waldegrave Road. You will see Strawberry Hill House on your left. Just past the house is the turning into St. Mary's College where you can park
Bus: 33 travels from Hammersmith and through Richmond and the R68 travels from Kew Gardens Station, through Richmond Train and Bus Stations.
Train: Richmond Station
Tube: Richmond District Line
For further information visit www.tfl.gov.uk

Facilities

  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed