If you're looking for something a little bit different then take a trip west to the Teddington/Twickenham borders and visit Strawberry Hill House, the amazing Gothic Castle that Horace Walpole built there.
The house design is based on the architecture of Gothic cathedrals and abbeys and as the rooms are mainly empty of furniture, you can really appreciate the intricate decoration, colours and stained glass.
Visit by night with a knowledgeable guide and a glass of prosecco and be blown away by the crimson and gold of the state apartment, or visit by day to appreciate the stained glass and ornate ceilings in all their finery.
SHH opening hours:
5th November 2017 until 26th February 2018 House: Sundays 11am until 4pm (last entry 3pm) Mondays 12noon until 4pm (last entry 3pm) Café: 11am until 4pm on days house is open Garden: 10am until 5pm, 7 days a week The House & Garden will be closed 18th December until 8th January 2018
27th February until 29th September 2018
House: Sundays 11am until 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays: 12noon until 4:30om (last entry 3:30pm)
Café: 11am until 4pm on days house is open
Garden: 10am until 5pm, 7 days a week
Under 16s: Free
National Trust: 50% off standard adult tickets
Art Fund: 50% off standard adult tickets
Student: 50% off standard adult tickets
Blue Badge Holders: 50% off standard adult tickets
English Heritage, Richmond Card, Southwest Trains & Actives Days Out: 2 for 1 on standard adult tickets
Voluntary Gift Aid Donation
A voluntary gift aid donation allows entrance to the house and enables us to claim an additional 25% Gift Aid on your donation.
National Trust: £7.00
Art Fund: £7.00
Blue Badge Holders: £7.00
English Heritage, Richmond Card, Southwest Trains & Actives Days Out: 2 for 1 on adult entry donation
Prices for standard self-guided visit. Guided tours available for groups of 15 persons or more, visit website to see upcoming public guided tours.
The house can be accessed by train from Strawberry Hill station, underground (Richmond is the nearest station but it's a bus ride away) or bus (33 and R68 bus routes are nearby).