Photo: Jim Linwood

Chiswick House is a magnificent villa set in beautiful historic gardens in West London.

The villa is arguably the finest remaining example of Neo-Palladian architecture in London. Set in 65 acres, the house was completed in 1729 during the reign of George II and designed by Lord Burlington. Completed by 1729, the villa, which echoes classical temple design, was never conceived as a private residence.

It is instead, a bold architectural experiment by Burlington, a grand pavilion where he could display his art and book collection and entertain small groups of friends. William Kent, who took a leading role in designing the gardens, created one of the earliest examples of the English landscape garden on the property.

The house continues to display many spectacular works of art and provides a stunning venue for entertaining. The gardens at Chiswick are the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and have inspired countless gardens including New York’s Central Park.

Visitors are free to explore all the rooms in the house and group guided tours that unlock the secrets of the house can be arranged in advance.

 

Chiswick, W4 2RP
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8995 0508
Times: The House, April – October, Sunday – Wednesday, 10.00 – 17.00
The Gardens, Daily, 7.00 – dusk
The Conservatory, mid-March to mid-October, 10.00 – 4.00
The CafĂ©, daily, 9.00 – dusk