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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.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£12.50 per ticket
Art Fund£6.25 per ticket
Blue Badge£12.00 per ticket
CarersFree
English Heritage 10% off£11.25 per ticket
Richmond Card 2 for 1 Entry£12.50 per ticket
SHH Members & PatronsFree
Student£6.25 per ticket
Under 16’sFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Map & Directions

Strawberry Hill House

Type:Historic House

268 Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, TW1 4ST

Tel: 020 8744 1241

Opening Times

House & Shop (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Garden & Garden Café (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Please check website before visiting.

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