Chiswick House and Gardens

Historical house and gardens

Chiswick House is one of the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture. Its gardens are the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement. Enjoy a fascinating day out in west London.

The house and grounds were created by two Georgian trend setters, the architect and designer William Kent and his friend and patron Lord Burlington, the third Earl. Influenced by their travels on the Grand Tour, they rejected the showy, Baroque style, fashionable in England, in favour of a simpler, symmetrical design based on the classical architecture of Italy. They championed the work of the Venetian architect, Andrea Palladio and Chiswick House was one of the earliest English examples of what is called “neo-Palladian” style.

Keep cool in summer by the serpentine lake, or picnic under our historic Cedars of Lebanon.

In autumn, buy fresh produce from our Kitchen Garden, from beans to gooseberries, soft fruits and vegetables
to honey.

In winter, marvel at the beauty of the naturalistic landscape, interspersed with impressive art and statuary.

If you are caught in a spring shower, take cover in the Conservatory and admire the colourful, heritage Camellia Collection at our annual Show.

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