Willkommen German Flag
Welkom Holland Flag
Bienvenue France Flag
Benvenuti Italian Flag
Bienvenidos Spanish Flag
Japanese Flag
Strawberry Hill House

Book Tickets Online

About

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.

Guide 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.

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

What's Nearby

  1. Alexander Pope's Grotto is the last remaining part of his villa, which he built in 1720…

    0.36 miles away
  2. The National Archives is the national archival collection for the UK. It hosts a range…

    0.53 miles away
  3. A year round programme of exhibitions including paintings, prints and photographs.
    A…

    0.53 miles away
  4. Ham Pond is the Common's focal point, and it dates back to when horses were watered on…

    0.53 miles away
  1. A selected 3.2km (2 miles) walking route, in the heart of historic Richmond Park which…

    0.53 miles away
  2. West London's newest showcase for some of Britain's finest designer/maker artists

    0.61 miles away
  3. A complex of three locks: a a small skiff lock, a conventional launch lock and a very…

    0.68 miles away
  4. First Swim
    0.71 miles away
  5. The Aims of The Twickenham Museum:
    To create a local studies centre which will be…

    0.72 miles away
  6. Housed in a magnificent gothic church building, the Landmark hosts a wide-ranging…

    0.75 miles away
  7. Church Street took its name from St Mary’s Church over 500 years ago and was the main…

    0.77 miles away
  8. CTZN Brew
    0.81 miles away
  9. A 17th century mansion with gardens sweeping down to the River Thames.

    0.81 miles away
  10. We are a play cafe catering for 0-5 year olds and with the aim of providing a quality…

    0.87 miles away
  11. From its working boatyards to the part the Eel Pie Island Hotel played in the British…

    0.89 miles away
  12. Located at the rear of Orleans House Gallery

    0.92 miles away
Previous Next